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Choosing Between Hatchback and Sedan
Sedan vs. Hatchback

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Hatchback vs. Sedan

If you’re in the market for a small car, one decision you will need to make is whether you want to choose a traditional sedan or an increasingly popular hatchback. We’ll show you the pros and cons of each to help you decide.


If cargo is a top priority for you, you can’t beat a hatchback. With its open cargo area and tall hatch opening, the cargo capacity in some hatches can even beat that of a mid-size sedan, especially with the rear seats folded. Consider the Mazda3; in the hatchback version, you get 17 cubic feet of storage space, even with the seats up. In comparison, the sedan only has 11.3 cubic feet of space in its trunk.

Because of this, hatchbacks are some of the most versatile cars on the road and deliver roomy interiors for passengers and cargo despite their small size.


For drivers who want the best efficiency, a sedan is often the way to go. Because hatchbacks are less aerodynamic and slightly heavier, they often have lower fuel economy than their sedan counterparts. Sedans also have the benefit of being less expensive. In fact, some hatchback models are only available on higher trim levels, meaning they are guaranteed to be pricier.

Another benefit to a sedan is privacy. Your cargo will always be hidden away in a locking trunk. Stop by Mama's Used Cars and take a look at our great selection of used sedans and hatchbacks. Try out both to see which you prefer.
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