# What Is the Average Width of A Car?

If you open the catalog of a new car and look at the dimension specs, you’ll find a width value. The width of a car refers to the distance between each side, with or without the side mirrors. So, how wide is the typical car?

On average, a car measures 5.8 feet or about 69.6 inches wide. The precise width measurement varies from car to car, especially when you look at different vehicle types.

In this guide, I’ll describe why the dimensions of a car matter in the first place, as well as provide charts explaining the average width based on car types.

## Car Dimensions

One of the first things that pop out when you open a catalog for a new car is the dimension specs. That section will always include at least 3 things—the length, height, and width of a car.

The length of a car measures the distance between the 2 farthest points between the front and back of a car. In many cases, the length will refer to the distance between the front and back bumpers.

The height of a car measures the distance between its lowest and highest points. This figure will usually refer to the distance between the ground and the top of the roof rails if available.

Finally, a car’s width is the distance between the widest point of the left and right sides. Many car catalogs will refer to the width with the side mirrors folded out, with the side mirrors folded in, and without the side mirrors at all.

## Average Width of a Car

As indicated above, the average width of a car will be around 5.8 feet or a sliver under 5 feet 10 inches.

Of course, when you take the various car styles into account, you’ll realize just how skewed the data is. For instance, a Hummer measures 86.5 inches wide with its side mirrors, while a Mini Cooper is far narrower at 68 inches.

If you’re in the market for a brand-new car, the best way to accurately gauge the car’s width is by looking at its type.

## Car Widths by Type

Below, I’ll briefly explain 10 common vehicle types, as well as provide a chart that shows the width of the most popular cars of that type.

### SUV

The off-road capability and spacious interior are the defining characteristics of most SUVs. Even on difficult, rough cross-country terrain, they provide a smooth ride. SUVs provide a higher vantage point from the driver’s seat to improve visibility. To that end, an SUV may be the best option if you’re planning on towing dirt bikes as part of your love for the great outdoors.

 SUV Makes and Models Width (w/o mirrors) Mazda CX-5 83.3 in. Hyundai Tucson 73.4 in. Honda CRV 73.0 in. Genesis GV70 75.2 in. BMW X3 74.4 in. Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class 74.8 in. Mazda CX-30 70.7 in. Kia Soul 70.9 in. Hyundai Kona 70.9 in. BMW X1 71.7 in. Average 73.8 in.

Source: Edmunds

### Hatchback

The hatch, or upward-opening rear door, is the most distinctive feature of a hatchback. Counting the trunk door, it can have anywhere from two to four doors. Both hatchbacks and sedans fall under the category of passenger cars and share many similarities. The capacity to carry goods is the primary distinction between the two. The cargo capacity of hatchbacks is greater than that of sedans.

 Hatchback Makes and Models Width (w/o mirrors) Ford Focus 71.8 in. Volkswagen Golf 70.4 in. Peugeot 208 68.0 in. Volkswagen Polo 69.0 in. Mercedes A-Class 78.4 in. BMW 1 Series 68.8 in. Mazda 3 70.7 in. Skoda Octavia 71.0 in. Toyota Corolla 70.1 in. Mini Cooper 68.0 in. Average 70.6

Source: Edmunds

### Crossover

Appearance-wise, a crossover looks like a combination between an SUV and a hatchback. Crossovers combine the utility of SUVs with the fuel efficiency of hatchbacks by using a unibody chassis, which is both lighter and more fuel efficient than the conventional methods.

 Crossover Makes and Models Width (w/o mirrors) Kia Telluride 78.3 in. Hyundai Tucson 73.4 in. Cadillac Lyriq 77.8 in. Hyundai Palisade 77.8 in. Kia EV6 74.0 in. Hyundai Ioniq 5 74.4 in. Ford Mustang Mach-E 74.1 in. Jeep Grand Cherokee 76.5 in. Subaru Forester 71.5 in. Hyundai Santa Fe 74.8 in. Average 75.2 in.

Source: Edmunds

### Convertible

A convertible or cabriolet is a type of car in which the roof can be folded back or removed. It is possible to choose between a hard top and a soft top for the roof. Whether it’s made of metal or plastic, a hard top can be operated automatically. While a vinyl or canvas soft-top roof can be easily folded up or down. Due to its sophisticated looks and liberating ride, many people consider convertibles to be luxury vehicles.

 Convertible Makes and Models Width (w/o mirrors) Jaguar F-Type 74.2 in. Chevrolet Camaro 74.7 in. BMW Z4 73.4 in. Audi TT 72.1 in. Audi A5 72.5 in. Mazda MX-5 Miata 68.3 in. Porsche 911 72.9 in. Porsche Boxster 70.9 in. Chevrolet Corvette 76.1 in. Mercedes-AMG C43 79.5 in. Average 73.5 in.

Source: Edmunds

### Sedan

A sedan is a common type of passenger car with four doors. Sedans commonly use a three-box layout, which divides the car into sections for the driver, passengers, and cargo, to evenly distribute the vehicle’s mass and improve handling. In addition, the vehicle’s unibody design reduces weight, which improves gas mileage.

 Sedan Makes and Models Width (w/o mirrors) Hyundai Accent 68.1 in. Kia Rio 67.9 in. Honda Civic 70.9 in. Hyundai Elantra N 71.9 in. Volkswagen Jetta GLI 70.8 in. Honda Accord 73.3 in. Hyundai Sonata 73.2 in. Kia K5 73.2 in. Tesla Model 3 72.8 in. Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio 73.7 in. Average 71.6 in.

Source: Edmunds

### Pickup

Pickup trucks have all the makings of being reliable and versatile vehicles. Pick-up trucks can have either two or four doors and an open bed for carrying cargo. It is common for pickup trucks to have a 4WD system that is optimized for off-road driving or towing. Pickup trucks are ideal for motorists who frequently transport cargo.

 Pickup Makes and Models Width (w/o mirrors) Ford F-150 79.9 in. Toyota Tundra 80.2 in. Ford Ranger 73.3 in. Toyota Tacoma 75.2 in. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 81.2 in. Jeep Gladiator 73.8 in. Ford Maverick 83.5 in. Honda Ridgeline 78.6 in. Hyundai Santa Cruz 75.0 in. Rivian R1T 81.8 in. Average 78.3 in.

Source: Edmunds

### Station wagon

Station wagons, also known as estate cars, are essentially sedans that have been stretched out in order to accommodate more cargo. It’s easier to picture it as a cross between a sedan and a hatchback. As a trusted people carrier, a station wagon is ideal for big families on the go. Station wagons offer better fuel economy than SUVs, in addition to more space.

 Station Wagon Makes and Models Width (w/o mirrors) Subaru Outback 73.0 in. Audi A4 Allroad 72.5 in. Volvo V60 80.3 in. Mercedes-Benz E-Class 71.7 in. Volvo V90 74.6 in. Porsche Panamera Cross 78.2 in. Porsche Taycan Cross 77.4 in. Audi RS6 Avant 76.8 in. Saab 9-3 Turbo X 69.0 in. Cadillac CTS-V Wagon 72.5 in. Average 74.6 in.

Source: Edmunds

### Minivan

Minivans’ primary selling points of convenience and safety have not lost any of their clout as family automobiles. Minivans are popular among families because of the van’s spacious interior and convenient sliding door. Minivans are vastly more comfortable than station wagons when transporting a large number of children because of their spacious interiors and low entry heights.

 Minivan Makes and Models Width (w/o mirrors) Honda Odyssey 78.5 in. Kia Carnival 78.5 in. Chrysler Pacifica 79.6 in. Toyota Sienna 78.5 in. Chrysler Voyager 79.6 in. Ford Transit Connect 84.1 in. Mercedes-Benz Metris 75.9 in. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 79.5 in. Dodge Grand Caravan 78.7 in. Nissan Quest 77.6 in. Average 79.1 in.

Source: Edmunds

### Coupe

The term “coupe” evokes the images of a compact sedan: a two-door car with a trunk and a fixed roof. But the exciting appeal of the vehicle is its sloping roofline which gives it a more sleek, sporty look. As much as its appearance would suggest, a coupe is typically loaded with extra bells and whistles, from sharp handling to hundreds of horsepower.

 Coupe Makes and Models Width (w/o mirrors) Toyota GR86 69.9 in. Subaru BRZ 69.9 in. Toyota Supra 73.0 in. BMW 2-Series 72.4 in. BMW M4 74.3 in. Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 76.7 in. Chevy Camaro ZL1 75.0 in. Mercedes-AMG C43 71.3 in. Porsche 718 Cayman 70.9 in. Dodge Challenger 75.7 in. Average 72.9 in.

Source: Edmunds

### Sports car

Sports cars are typically two-seater convertibles with an aggressive exterior design. Sports cars have a lot of power and a thrilling ride thanks in large part to the amazing features automakers have built into them, such as the car’s nimble handling, excellent acceleration, and great acceleration.

 Sports Car Make and Models Width (w/o mirrors) Chevy Corvette 76.1 in. Porsche 718 Boxster 70.9 in. Ferrari F8 77.9 in. Maserati MC20 86.0 in. McLaren 720S 85.1 in. Lexus LC 75.6 in. Acura NSX 76.3 in. Alpine A110 70.4 in. Cupra Formentor 72.4 in. Lexus LC 500 75.6 in. Average 76.6 in.

Source: Edmunds