With so many different kinds of vehicles out there, it can be hard to decide which one is the best for you. Don’t know the difference between an SUV and a crossover? We’re here to clear things up for you. It’s essential to make sure you understand the lingo before you make the big decision.
Now, any car with a retractable roof can be considered a convertible. These roofs can be either cloth tops or hardtops. Convertible cars are usually more on the sporty side of things, consisting of a two-door body. A great example of a convertible done right is the legendary Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder. Although the latest Eclipse Spyder model is almost 8 years old now, it’s still quite a highly-sought after car in the market..
Any car that comes with two full-size doors, a fixed roof, a trunk and no lift can be considered a coupe. That being said, some coupes may come with removable roof panels, but that in itself is not enough to render them convertibles. Coupes are generally smaller and more sporty than sedans as they are designed with high performance in mind.
A prime example of a powerful coupe is the All-new Hyundai Veloster. With cutting-edge exterior design and impressive performance, this beautiful Hyundai stands out from the competition for all the right reasons.
If you take a coupe and you add two more doors, you have a sedan. Your typical sedan comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, often with back seats that can accommodate 2 to three people. Smaller sedans are great for those who appreciate the little extra space; larger sedans may comfortably seat a family of 5.
Sedans are often confused with coupes; it’s not just a marketing trick. Just keep in mind that if a car has four doors, it’s most likely a sedan.
Hyundai has produced some of the most successful sedan cars of all-time, including the legendary Accent Sedan and the current model Sonata Sedan. Both cars combine comfort and performance for a truly unique driving experience.
If you were around in the 80s, you’ll know all about hatchbacks. The defining feature of these compact-sized cars is, of course, the hatch-type boot that opens upwards and allows for larger cargo areas. Hatchbacks can resemble both sedans and coupes, in that they can have either four or two doors. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the rear cargo hatch blends into the body’s lines; in other words, hatchbacks have a 5th door and no fixed compartments.
Hatchbacks are making a strong comeback today. The Hyundai i30 is an excellent example of a modern hatchback model.
Wagons (aka station wagons) are family vehicles closely related to their four-door sedan cousins. Compared to other types of cars, wagons are a bit more spacious and may often include an extra row of seats in the back. Unlike sedans, the cargo area in wagons is connected to the main cabin. That, combined with the versatility of fold-flat seats, makes wagons a super-convenient choice for families that need that extra luggage capacity.
A great example of a popular modern wagon is the Hyundai i40 Tourer.
People movers are large vehicles whose primary purpose is the transportation of large groups. They typically have three or four doors, with the rear doors often mounted on sliding trails to allow for easy access.
Unlike other types of cars, people movers did not change much since their first appearance in the 1960s. Only recently have car manufacturers begun to design people movers that are more than just a means of transportation. Most models have significantly reduced in size, becoming much more accessible and convenient for larger families.
The Hyundai iMax is one of the most famous people movers in the country.
SUV is short for sports utility vehicle. Now, that in itself doesn’t say a lot, but you can think of SUVs as heavy all-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive vehicles that come with plenty of off-road capabilities. With increased ground clearance and reliable towing systems, SUVs are designed to perform under any condition, preferably far away from the city.
A prime example of a powerhouse SUV is the Mitsubishi Outlander. Built for growing families and equipped with all the latest technology, this SUV has your whole team covered.
Crossovers, also known as CUVs, combine the comfort of a mid-sized passenger car with some of the power found in SUVs. They are easy to manoeuvre and are generally more comfortable than SUVs, but are often limited when it comes to their off-road capabilities. Crossovers are ideal vehicles for families who spend most of the time in the city but need a reliable vehicle to guide their weekend excursions in the country.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is an excellent example of a powerful crossover. Combining sport and style, Eclipse Cross makes a bold statement: you can be both strong and beautiful.
Excuse the Americanism; we’re not, of course, referring to industrial vehicles. We’re talking about the large utility vehicles with the open cargo beds. Pickup trucks are the mules of the automotive industry, designed to do all the heavy lifting for us. While modern trucks (e.g. Mitsubishi Triton) offer more and more amenities, these beasts are principally built to work.
Electric cars are powered solely by electricity. They come with powerful batteries that can be fully charged and ready-to-go in a couple of hours. Not having to rely on petrol or diesel is, of course, a blissful mission. However, they do come with steeper price tags.
The Hyundai Kona Electric is an excellent example of an all-electric powered SUV that delivers instant acceleration and a staggering 400km range on a single charge.
Hybrid cars combine the best of both worlds. The petrol engine often takes control when extra power is needed. At the same time, the electric motor keeps things running when everything’s quieter. Economical and reliable, hybrid cars have taken the Australian—and the world—market by storm.
A great example of a hybrid that has it all is, of course, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV; featuring the stability of an AWD and the safety of an SUV.
Now, it’s important to note that not all cars fall neatly into one of these categories. Instead of getting caught up in names and types, it’s better to consider vehicles based on their individual functions and practicalities.
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