The automobile industry uses general size categories to classify their available vehicles. Mid size and full size cars are two common categories for cars. The specific vehicles offered in each category depend on the car dealership standards as well as the type of vehicles they use. Understanding the general differences between the two categories helps you make your selection when purchasing a car.
Both mid- and full size cars have the capacity to hold five people, with two in the front seat and three in the backseat. The size of the people traveling in the car affects your choice. Five adults crammed into a mid-size car will likely feel uncomfortable and crowded. Even four adults may desire more room. A mid-size car is a better option for no more than two adult travelers. Two children can comfortably fit in the back seat of most mid-size cars. For more than two adults or for teenagers, a full-size car provides more interior room. The full-size option also gives you more room for three children, particularly if they need car seats. A mid-size car may not accommodate all of the car seats.
The space in the trunk for your belongings is another consideration when choosing between a mid-size and full-size car. A mid-size car is smaller overall and typically has less trunk space than a full-size car. Both sizes should accommodate two large suitcases in the trunk. A mid-size car can handle two more smaller bags, while a full-size car should have enough room for a third small suitcase. If you have lots of cargo to haul, choose the larger full-size option.
Because it is a higher class, the full-size cars will generally cost more. The price difference is typically very minimal. For a lease especially, the price difference isn’t substantial. Compare the pricing between the two classes with your program advisor to decide if the extra space is worth the added cost.
Used car dealerships use different brands of cars that vary slightly in size and available space. Typical mid-size vehicles might include a Pontiac Grand Am or a Nissan Altima. A full-size rental might include a Ford Taurus or a Chevy Impala. A mid-size vehicle with dealership may give you more room than a vehicle in the same class with a different dealership. Each dealership categorizes its own vehicles, so a vehicle you consider a compact could end up in the mid-size category. Size is the most common way to classify cars, but some companies also use the features of the car. A smaller car with extra features may move up to a higher class.