What’s the Difference Between a Coupe and a Sedan?

2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia parked on driveway
SUVs, sedans, coupes, at the end of the day, they’re all cars that get us from Point A to Point B… right? Knowing how to identify an SUV on Southlake roads is obviously a no brainer. And so is telling the difference between a sedan vs. a coupe… or is it? Yes, a sedan has four doors and a coupe has two, but there are more distinctive characteristics that automakers use to differentiate the two. Read on below to become a car categorization expert by learning the difference between a coupe and a sedan with Momentum Alfa Romeo.

Coupe vs. Sedan: Size

The best way to determine whether a car is a coupe or a sedan is by looking at its size, both on the outside and inside. Sedans have more passenger space than coupes, as sedans usually have five seats whereas coupes like the Alfa Romeo 4C only seat two individuals. Interior volume is a big identifying component too. For a vehicle to be considered a true coupe, its interior volume cannot exceed no more than 33 cubic feet. Anything more than 33 cubic feet is considered a sedan. So, if you’re looking for something with more space for your Keller commutes, you’ll want to go with a sedan like the Giulia.

Other Differences Between a Coupe and a Sedan

After learning about the size difference between a coupe and a sedan, you’re almost finished with your journey to becoming the Dallas king/queen/monarch of car categorization. However, there are still more ways to tell the difference between a coupe and a sedan, and that’s by examining exterior style and performance.

  • Exterior Style: You can distinguish a sedan and a coupe from one another by looking at their body styles. Coupes have shorter statures, but their rear windows and doors are elongated, whereas sedans have shorter doors and longer bodies.
  • Performance: Because of their light weight and smaller size, coupes have performance specs that are similar to a sports car. On the other hand, sedans are bigger and heavier, and rely on additional engine options for improved performance.

Discover a Coupe or a Sedan at Momentum Alfa Romeo

Congrats! You are officially an expert at distinguishing a sedan vs. a coupe. Brag even more to your friends with a Alfa Romeo by discovering a new or used sedan or coupe online at Momentum Alfa Romeo. Once you find the one, contact us to schedule a test drive at our dealership in Hurst.


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