Here are some definitions of the variety of car types available in the marketplace.
A sedan is a 4 door car with a boot (trunk) that seats maximum 5 people.
This car is essentially the same as a sedan however the boot hinges at the top/end of the roof panel opening up to a large storage compartment in the rear where the rear seat backs lay down to crate a flat floor load area. Still carries 5 people however far greater load flexibility.
SUV – Sports Utility Vehicle
Available in small, medium or large this style of vehicle is designed in either 4WD (four-wheel drive) or AWD (all-wheel drive). They sit higher on the road because of the higher ground clearance, carry 5 to 7 people and can go partially or fully off road. Increasingly popular in today’s market due to versatility whilst remaining a comfortable car.
Like the Sedan this carries 4 or 5 people however it only has two doors – being much larger that the front doors of a sedan. To enter the rear seats requires the front seats to pivot forward. A sleek look of a Coupe is popular with motoring enthusiasts.
Wagon (Station Wagon/Estate Car)
A Sedan that is stretched up and out at the rear to create a more “van type” storage area. Ideal for large families, commercial travellers and those who just need extra load capacity without the need to go to commercial style vehicles.
This is a definition that can apply to most configurations (as above) however the focus is on providing the highest level and standard of equipment, comfort and finish possible.
Looking somewhat like a wagon on steroids this vehicle has side sliding doors opening up into a van style rear capable of carrying 8 to 12 people in rows of seats. Ideal for large families, businesses who need to move people without the need of a larger bus.
Ute (Utility/American “truck”/light truck)
This vehicle has a large open rear load tub or tray behind seating for 2 or 3 people. Essentially a commercial purpose vehicle it has a large following in Australia. There are various derivations of the Utility – Extra Cab, Crew Cab and the rear load tub or tray can be configured in many different configurations.
This generally refers to vehicles designed to do a job of work – people carrying, load carrying, two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. Suspension packages are designed around capacity to carry more that passenger comfort.