Car Body Styles: Deciding Your Next Vehicle

Jeep Lineup in a field

When you’re browsing our new vehicles at Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Bloomington, you’ll notice a huge variety of different car body styles. From hatchbacks to CUVs to minivans to SUVs (like the Jeeps above), what does it all mean? Which one is the best choice for you? While our staff would be happy to help you in person, take a look at our guide to car body styles for a refresher before you visit us in Bloomington.


A sedan is one of the most common vehicles on the road. Its four-door design and traditional trunk make for a versatile vehicle that anyone can appreciate, from Normal families to high-mileage commuters in Champaign. Ranging in size from the compact to full-size, it’s easy to find a good match that blends maneuverability with spaciousness. One of our favorites is the Dodge Charger, a bold and sporty sedan.

Dodge Charger Angled


The coupe may appear similar to the sedan at first glance, but this 2-door model has a trunk and solid roof – which leads to a sleek, stylish profile. The Dodge Challenger is a great example of a modern coupe with a lot of personality.

Dodge Challenger Angled

Crossover (CUV)

What’s the difference between a CUV and SUV? The crossover, or CUV, is a compact utility vehicle that offers a more streamlined look with plenty of pep under the hood. These smaller vehicles offer more space than a sedan with a smooth performance. Look into the Dodge Journey lineup for your crossover needs.

Dodge Journey


Sports Utility Vehicles, or SUVs, are taller and boxier than sedans and CUVs. This means they have better ground clearance, elevated setting positions, and lots of extra cargo – perfect for adventure-seekers in Decatur. Why not explore the Jeep Grand Cherokee for your next off-road trip?

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee


The quintessential family car, modern minivans are more powerful and high-tech than ever before – while retaining the incredible spaciousness that has made them so popular with parents. Featuring sliding doors, adjustable seating, and large cargo boxes, minivans like the Chrysler Pacifica are made for busy families.

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Angled


A truck has an open cargo bed out back and a passenger cab in the front, along with rugged features SCA performance, all-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive for off-road power. If you’re in the market for an unbeatable pickup, the RAM 1500 and 2500 are excellent options.

2019 RAM 1500

Decide on Car Body Styles in Person

The best way to get a good sense of the different car body styles is to take a test drive. If you’re ready to hit the road, contact us with any questions or apply for financing to get a head start on the process!

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