Q: What is a 4-Door Car?

December 17, 2013 12:53 PM

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A 4-door car can have any body shape from a sedan to a van, or even a pickup truck. These cars usually have two rows of seats and a lot of room for passengers. Classic 4-door sedans feature trunks located in the rear that provide room for groceries, camping items, or anything else you want to bring along. The biggest advantage a 4-door car offers is that it's got a door that opens directly next to each seat, so no seats will need to fold down to allow passengers to enter or exit the vehicle.

Ever-popular 4-door cars normally have two or three windows on each side, depending on the design. A hatchback sedan might suit your needs for a family car, especially if you'll need to load a lot of toys or other items into the car. The hatchback provides more room than a trunk in many cases, and is not closed off the way a coupe's trunk or a 4-door sedan's trunk is.

Contrary to some outdated beliefs, a sports car may also have four doors. Some sedans with four doors that are considered sports cars include models from Jaguar and BMW. These cars are designed to look sporty and offer more connection to the act of driving for the owner. A sports sedan will be classified as such due to the higher performance, the ease of handling, and the amenities that are available in comparison to other cars, yet some sport/luxury sedans may also be considered family cars.

A mid-sized 4-door car can be good for families. They tend to have plenty of legroom and space for children, teens and adults. It is larger than the size of a subcompact car and a compact car, so larger families and those with older children will have more room and more space to store things like groceries or other items.

Four-door compact cars, on the other hand, are 4-door cars that are smaller than a mid-sized car. These cars are made by manufacturers such as Honda, Toyota and Kia. They get better gasoline mileage than a mid-sized car in many cases, and they are best for single folks or smaller families. A 4-door compact tends to provide less space needed for two people to sit in the rear, though front-seat room is usually adequate.

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