If you are not sure which vehicle is right for you it can be overwhelming. The first step, before you decide which make and model, is to decide the vehicle style. To help you decide you need to consider questions like these. How many people do you need to carry? Do you regularly travel outside the city? Do you need the vehicle for work? What other cars do family members own? Introduction to the vehicle styles available and their advantages and disadvantages.
Sedans are the most popular vehicle style in Canada. With four doors, front and rear passengers can get in and out easily. Cargo can be secured in the separate trunk. Sedans are suited for most everyday tasks: driving to work, school and leisure.
Coupes have four seats and two side doors for both the front and rear passengers. They have sleeker styling, shorter roofs and a separate trunk.
A crossover is a vehicle that looks similar to a small SUV but is built on a car chassis. Crossovers have the stability, handling and fuel economy of a car along with the higher ground clearance and greater storage of an SUV. All-wheel or 4-wheel drive is often available and can provide better traction in winter driving conditions.
SUVs (Sport Utility Vehicle) are built on a truck chassis and usually have engines with a lot of horsepower that can tow trailers, boats, and snowmobiles. SUVs can seat up to eight people. The high ground clearance and available 4-wheel drive provide rough-road driving capability, and better traction in winter driving conditions.
Minivans have the carrying capacity of small vans but have car-like styling and handling. They feature wide side doors that roll back so passengers can easily get in and out. Minivans are designed to maximize interior space. Seats can be rearranged to carry up to eight people or removed to carry more cargo.
Trucks are utility vehicles built for heavy-duty jobs. Their rigid construction and powerful engines can haul heavy loads in the open rear cargo area or tow large trailers. The high ground clearance provides rough-road driving capability to building
Hatchbacks have a top-hinged tailgate or rear door that includes a rear window. The trunk portion is open to the passenger cabin. The rear seats can be removed or collapsed to increase the size of the cargo area.
Hybrid vehicles combine a gasoline engine with an electric motor to drive the vehicle. Hybrids are better for the environment because they use less fuel more efficiently, and produce far fewer harmful vehicle emissions. When driving at low speeds?typically 30 km/h or less?the engine shuts off (unless air conditioning is being used) and electric power from onboard batteries is used. As speed increases the gasoline engine provides power for acceleration up to highway speeds