When you start your search for a new or used car, you’ll probably have a lot of questions. One car-buying statistic that often stumps people is, what does compact, mid-size, or full-size really mean? How do they compare to each other? And what size car do you really need? Here’s a handy quick guide to the difference between compact, midsize, and full-size cars to help you on your search!

compact Dodge Dart sedan

A compact car is also known as a small car, perfect for folks who don’t need to do a whole lot of hauling on a daily basis. In the US, the size of a passenger sedan is defined by its interior volume. A compact vehicle is a small car, ranging from 100-109 cubic feet of combined passenger and cargo space. It should also be between 161 and 187 inches in length, so a compact car is easy to park around town, even if you have to parallel!

midsize Chrysler 200

The difference between a compact vs midsize car starts at 110 cubic feet. Midsize cars can go up to 120 cubic feet, and midsize hatchbacks or crossovers range from 130 to 159 cubic feet. A midsize car usually offers the same number of seats at a compact car, with room for five passengers, but you’ll find more legroom and headroom in a midsize. The Chrysler 200 is a well-appointed midsize car, that perfect size for anyone looking for a happy medium.

full-size Dodge Charger

Lastly, there’s the full-size car category. Full-size cars are easier to categorize: they’re pretty much any car bigger than a midsize! A new 2020 Chrysler 300 qualifies as a full-size car, as does a 2020 Dodge Charger. These cars are built for families who travel in style and comfort, with tons of interior space and trunk space that adds up to a full-size car classification.

New Compact, Mid-size, and Full-size Cars For Sale in Forest Lake, MN

Whether you’re looking for a compact, midsize, or full-size car, you can find what you need here in Forest Lake, MN! If you still have questions, you can come by our dealership and check out our selection of new and used cars of all sizes before you decide on one! All of our new cars come with a Lifetime Powertrain Warranty as well, so you’ll be covered for as long as you own the vehicle. Come and see us today and let us know if you’re looking for a compact, mid-size, or full-size car. We’re close to North BranchRoseville, and White Bear Lake.

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