Difference Between a Coupe and a Sedan
When shopping different cars, especially Mercedes-Benz vehicles, you may have run across vehicles advertising themselves as “coupes” or “sedans”. What’s the difference between these, though? After all, they usually look almost the same. It’s important to know when car shopping that there is in fact a difference between the two. See how the two compare and what distinguishes one from the other.
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Most people would define a coupe as being a two-door vehicle while a sedan is a four-door. That’s actually not the case, since coupes can have four doors and sedans can have two doors. The real difference lies in size. According to the Society of Automotive Engineers, a coupe is defined as being a car that has an interior space of less than 33 cubic feet while a sedan is equal to or greater than 33 cubic feet. While styling and other aspects might set the two apart more noticeably, size is the only thing that makes a difference.
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Coupe and Sedan Distinct Features
There are a few general features that make sedans and coupes different, although they’re not official or standard by any means. Coupes are generally considered sportier. Cars with only a front row of seats (like most sports cars) will often have less room on the interior which automatically puts them in the coupe category if they’re under 33 cubic feet. Sedans, on the other hand, are considered more of the family car (mostly due to having more room than coupes). They will always have two rows of seats, although this can’t be used as an official determinant since coupes can have either one or two rows of seats.
At the end of the day, you should focus more on the vehicle’s features rather than the name itself. Don’t get so caught up in the name that you overlook the things that really matter like performance features, space, fuel efficiency and everything else.