Chevy Cars: What’s the Difference?

June 1st, 2018 by

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When it comes to automobiles, the confusion never seems to end. What are Chevy Cars vs Chevy Sedans? The manufacturer, the model, the year, the trim level, and even the dealership all cause drivers to make an in-depth choice. Learning about all of these topics may seem impossible, but sometimes you just need to know where to start. As with every subject, the best place to start is the basics, and nothing gets more basic than body types.

Cars as a classification alone have a large variety of unique body types, and no one offers more car options than Chevy. So, here is a detailed reference guide to the differences between every Chevy car body type. In fairness the terms do vary depending on the country, but here are the most universally known car body types. Just to help even further, it’s best to learn how they differ from the many SUV body types as well. So, here we go on a journey of body identification.


“Car” is a loose term that has come to mean any type of automotive transportation to most, but a car does have some set parameters. A car must be a four-wheel vehicle with an engine that carries a reasonably small number of people. Most vehicles are cars, but not all.


Moving on to the unique terminology, a sedan is transportation that offers two rows of seats and four doors. It is the most basic body design of any passenger car. With its three-box structure, it is made with a hood that swoops up for two segments separated by a single pillar for the front cabin and rear cabin down for a flat back end with limited trunk space. A sedan can most easily be determined by being a four-door vehicle that contains a bell-like curved roof while seating 4-5 people. A sedan is what you might think of as the most basic body type for a car. They are also the cheapest and one of the smallest options available.

Here is a list of Chevy cars that are listed as sedans on their current line:

2018 Chevrolet Spark ($13,050)
2018 Chevrolet Sonic ($15,295)
2018 Chevrolet Cruze ($16,975)
2018 Chevrolet Malibu ($21,680)
2018 Chevrolet Impala ($27,895)
2018 Chevrolet Bolt ($36,620)
2018 Chevrolet Volt ($33,220)


The difference between a coupe and a sedan is extremely tricky to identify since it is not always as simple as four-door versus two-door cars, and many dealers and manufacturers enjoy blurring the lines between them to grow appeal. One defining feature of coupe is that it is designed to look sporty which often causes it to have a sleeker hood and only two back seats if any. Generally, if it has two doors and a small rear seating area, then you’ve got a coupe.

Here are the Chevy cars listed as coupes or available as coupes:

Chevrolet Camaro ($25,905)
Chevrolet Impala ($27,895)
Chevrolet Corvette ($55,495)


A hatchback is just like a sedan, but it has a lot more junk in the trunk. To make it simple, a hatchback is a car with two, three, four, or five doors (including the swing open trunk door), spacious rear seating, and a two-pillar design that gives a more powerful rear with a boxy impression from the end of the hood on. It is still a car, but it just chooses to have a bolder design. Most sedans actually have an option to make them hatchbacks.

Here are some current Chevy cars that are available as hatchbacks:

2018 Chevrolet Spark ($13,050)
2018 Chevrolet Sonic ($15,295)
2018 Chevrolet Cruze ($16,975)
2018 Chevrolet Volt ($33,220)


SUV or short for Sports Utility Vehicle or even Suburban Utility Vehicles, are large cars which can easily be made to go off-road while also fitting into a crowded city environment. They are versatile with premium space options. An SUV can accommodate 5 to 7 people and is bigger and heavier than any sedan, coupe, or hatchback. What they lack in fuel economy, they make up for in space and towing ability. They are not trucks, but they also aren’t even close to a sedan. SUVs are the perfect middle of the road, or completely off it, vehicles.

Here are the current Chevy SUVs:

2018 Chevrolet Trax ($21,000)
2018 Chevrolet Equinox ($23,580)
2018 Chevrolet Traverse ($29,930)
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe ($47,500)
2018 Chevrolet Suburban ($50,200)

SUV Crossover

An SUV crossover is less of a defined body type than it is a branding strategy in order to remove unfavorable labels from the SUV such as bulky or inefficient with fuel. This is why more often than not you will find them under the same category on most manufacturers’ sites. If you see a vehicle labeled as SUV crossover, it pretty much is implying that it has all the design options, storage versatility, and power output of an SUV while being more compact and multipurpose with its features and performance abilities.

Here are the SUVs under the crossover category for Chevy:

2018 Chevrolet Trax ($21,000)
2018 Chevrolet Equinox ($23,580)
2018 Chevrolet Traverse ($29,930)

Choosing the Right Chevy Car for You

Now that each body type for the Chevy cars lineup has been explained, it should aid you in finding the ideal vehicle to fit your everyday life. The sedan and hatchback are your baseline Chevy cars that will offer affordable options as well as be easy to navigate any city or country streets with compact flair. You could say these are for those that just want something consistent that will always fit into their routine.

The coupe is for those who need to show off their devil may care attitudes with something sporty, fresh, and often overwhelmingly powerful. Basically, if you have something to prove, the coupe will prove it for you.

The SUV and SUV crossover are for those who require more space and variation in their transportation. It is bigger and able to carry powerful loads without seeming anywhere near as intimidating as a pickup. It also offers amazing off-roading performance for the more adventurous soul. The SUV was made for both the frantic carpool mom as well as the free-spirited traveler. It is an all in one vehicle that keeps your life in order, so you don’t have to.

Every one of these options are amazing, but only one fits you; which will you choose?

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