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Q: What is a Sedan?

December 17, 2013 12:53 PM

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A sedan, also known as a saloon in Europe, is a car that has three sections and usually four doors. The term "sedan" came from an Italian word that means "chair." Because of its size and number of seats, it is a type of car that is usually used to carry passengers. Sedans are offered in every price range on the automotive spectrum, from economy cars to ultra-luxury automobiles.

Sedans are often confused with coupes which, for the sake of this conversation, are defined as cars that have two doors, a fixed roof and a conventional trunk. Even with the distinction clearly made, the confusion has not stopped because car manufacturers sometimes add the word "coupe" to the model name of a car that is actually a sedan. Manufacturers do this so that a car name will have a sporty concept attached to it. In terms of performance, a sedan and a coupe are not far from each other.

Offering larger interior space, sedans usually have four doors and two rows of seats. This makes a sedan an ideal passenger car. Some sedans are also fuel efficient. This means that they use less fuel, but can still produce sufficient power to get up to speed in traffic even with a full load.

Chauffeured sedans are sometimes called limousines and are considered luxury vehicles. These cars have a different compartment for the driver and the passengers. Sometimes chauffeured sedans have two rows of seats that face each other.

Sedans are a very popular type of car because these cars offer the common necessities and features that you need, but they need not be very expensive. There are also fuel-saving sedans on the market that offer greater mileage per gallon of fuel. Sedans also have the space you need when you want to carry some passengers. This makes the sedan a good choice for a family car. If you are looking for a car that has space, speed, performance and looks, consider getting a sedan.

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