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Coupe vs Sedan Comparison


  • October 16, 2019
  • Car Buying
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What is a coupe? What is a sedan?

According to the popular belief, a sedan is a car with four doors while the coupe has two. That’s how these cars have been defined by car manufacturers over the years.

So the answer is easy? No, not really. 

Thanks to the automakers that use coupe and sedan terms differently to make more specialized vehicles. For example, some carmakers are introducing the cars being known as four-door coupes. So is the “two-door” sedan. It is just like trying to know about “two-leg dog” and “four-leg hen”.

And this has led to the confusion as it is not easy to decide which a coupe is or which a sedan is. No wonder you might feel befuddled when the differences are that vague.

There is a need to work over the definition of both cars. What exactly can be called a sedan and what is a coupe.

Understanding the Key Differences between Sedans and Coupes

Although the modern definition of both cars can be confusing, looking at the key differences between sedans and coupes helps you learn the unique characteristics of both cars.


The coupe is equipped with a shorter wheelbase and has lighter curb weight, enhancing its performance. For example, the performance of acceleration and brakes is significantly improved with a lightweight vehicle.

Sedans are likely to be heavier than coupes. However, the extra weight is redeemed by its optional engine upgrades. You can have an option of a larger V6 if you are looking for more power. These larger and heavier cars come with suspension upgrades that enhance their performance and handling.


A coupe with two doors looks sportier than its four-door counterpart. Known as B and C pillars, the body’s window frames adjust for changes to the overall length, keeping the door and rear windows longer. However, the longer door may be a bit problematic in a smaller parking lot.

Many sedans (excluding four-door sports car) looks more sophisticated and classy by sacrificing their sporty vibe. They come with the shorter doors, window and door pillars for easy entering and exiting of the passengers.


The amount of space in coupes’ backseat varied based on models. For example, the Hyundai Genesis has a smaller backseat designed for the comfort of the rear passenger despite confined legroom. Sitting in the back seat is more comfortable with the molded seat and integrated cup holders. However, Hyundai Genesis, like other coupes, has no middle seat, confining the space to just four passengers. Sedans, like the Honda Accord, especially take care of passenger comfort in the front or back seats. Moreover, the model provides room for five passengers with its broader, bench-style seat.

Space for Stuff:

Given that sedans are longer in size, they provide more cargo space. For example, the Hyundai Sonata has over 16 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk. Coupes come with less cargo space; however, you can withdraw the seats to expand the space area. And the Dodge Challenger is an exception as it provides you nearly 16 cubic feet of cargo space that is nearly the same as a Hyundai Sonata.

Coupe vs. Sedan: Which is the Right One for You?

So you must have understood the key differences between a sedan and a coupe. Which is the right one for you? Well, it is purely the matter of choice, comfort and feels from your viewpoint. And the way to determine the right choice is to take a test drive. You can also compare the features and prices of both types along with the photographs. Narrowing down your “checklist” in this manner will help you find the vehicle that serves you better.

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