By definition, the difference between a coupe and a sedan is essentially only determined by size. A sedan needs to have interior space of at least 33 cubic feet, while a coupe has less than 33 cubic feet. Although that is the standard definition, there are other variables that sway a person toward a sedan or a coupe.
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Your typical coupe only has two doors while a sedan has four doors. It’s easier to access the back seats in a sedan with the two extra doors, which makes a sedan more appropriate for families. If you have children that no longer use carseats, it may be easier for them to climb in the back; however, teenagers or adults would find it cumbersome to regularly get into the back seat of a coupe and depending on the style, may find their heads bumping up against the roof. When you combine that with the smaller backseat, it is a challenge to have multiple passengers traveling with you for both the driver and the passengers.
If you’re looking to fit more people in your car day-to-day, you’re probably in the market for a sedan versus a coupe. Coupes tend to only have two seats in the back and two in the front, while a sedan normally seats five passengers. The comfort for those passengers may vary depending on the type of car. Coupes usually have plenty of leg room upfront, with limited space in the back, while sedans have more equal leg room for all passengers.
Style and Sport
A coupe is known as the more stylish or sporty car; however, sedans have come a long way to compete against that stereotype. Since a coupe is usually smaller, it’s also sleeker than sedans, even though carmakers are working to make sedans sportier and sleeker to compete against coupes. Many sedans no longer have the look or feel of a traditional sedan, and can be just as fast, sporty, and sleek as their coupe counterparts.
Coupes tend to cost more than sedans because there is a smaller market for coupes, and therefore less competition to keep prices low. Of course, it is dependent on the carmaker and the type of coupe or sedan that you are purchasing. The make, model, and year are much more relevant when considering cost as opposed to just whether it’s a coupe or sedan.
Furthermore, insurance can vary greatly depending on whether you purchase a coupe or sedan. While in the past, coupes were stereotypically higher than sedans, that’s not necessarily true anymore. Insurance agents and companies now consider many aspects including safety features and performance of the car to determine the rates.
It’s not just as simple as two or four doors anymore when determining whether a coupe or sedan is right for you or your family. Carmakers are blurring the lines on coupes versus sedans by making sedans edgier and coupes roomier. It’s important to consider all aspects of each individual car instead of just the title to decide which one is the better fit for your needs and your budget.