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What do you like about hatchbacks?



  • bcloughbclough Posts: 97
    Went to Price Club again and this time squeezed over $400 worth of stuff into a Toyota Celica. I think we're about at capacity, however, with two people. The car was brim-full. If I could ditch my passenger I could probably get in more.

  • vkwheelsvkwheels Posts: 218
    my first car, a 1977 "champagne" edition VW Rabbit. Lasted 7 yrs... Beyond that, while not ostentatiously elegant or beautiful, most hatchbacks end up looking cute. Form follows function, IMO, & h-backs got that one down pat.
  • gitongiton Posts: 15
    I had to buy a replacement door.
    The door was 6 feet long, 3 feet wide.
    I had one passenger with me. Folded the left rear seat and front passenger seat down, the door went in fine, and my friend was able to sit behind me on the trip back, and the hatch was closed. This probably wouldn't have worked even in a large sedan with a cargo pass thru.

    I have removed the rear seats and passenger seat during a move. The nice thing about cheaper cars is that the bolts are usually exposed and easy to find.
    10 minutes with a ratchet set, and the seats were removed. Tons of room.

    The only negative about most hatchbacks is that they are very narrow, so a wide chest of drawers might fit in lengthwise, but not widthwise. Time to rent a pickup truck.

    Someone asked about sleeping/camping in a hatchback. Maybe in a Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe as thier floors are truly flat. My Hyundai Accent's floor is far from flat, as are most other HBs I have seen.
  • cnj628cnj628 Posts: 1
    one day at work i went out lunchtime to look at furniture, and bought a large club chair and large ottoman. it took a couple tries but i managed to stuff them both into my 94 dodge shadow es hatchback then i went back to work. since the hatch was open i parked backed up to a tree so no one would try to steal the chair while i was at work. this car has also hauled a ton of antiques over the years - everything from rocking chairs to a large icebox.
  • bodies in my hatch ('94 GSR Integra). LOL
  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    Yes, it's scary. 2001 Integra LS with rear seats folded down... hey, be careful with that box, that's my computer equipment!!! No, the stereo goes in the other corner...
  • kkollwitzkkollwitz Posts: 268
    In 1984 I bought my first hatchback, a new Honda CRX. Wore it out, bought another CRX a few years later. Next was a Mustang LX 5-liter hatchback, followed by a Firebird Formula, which I just sold, having replaced it with a new Z28. If you want a fast, fun, affordable car, but still need to carry serious stuff (like La-Z-Boy chairs) occasionally, a hatchback is the right choice.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    I loaded a 27 inch TV in the box into the back of my celica, with plenty of room to spare. I then went grocery shopping, and shoved a half dozen bags in the back behind the TV. It has a lot of room, and I did not even tax it at all.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • th003gth003g Posts: 149
    for example
    Saab 9-3: Sedan with a hatch
    VW Golf/GTI: Hatch (not wagon cause its so short)
    Lexus IS SC, Matrix,Subaru Imreza wagon/Forester, Mazda protege 5: WAGON!!!
    Eclipse, Celica, RSX: Sport hatch/coupe
    Focus ZX5, wagon: WAGON
    Focus ZX3: hatch
    PT/GT cruiser: FAD wagon
    New beetle: FAD hatch
    MINI: hatch (ling)
    Cayenne,Tuareg,Excursion,Expedition,Navigator,Escalade(EXT), Suburban: Useless monster engined 4WD mommymobiles (seriously who needs a 50k+ leather lined posermobile that cannot go offroad because its too friggen big (with exception of the 4wd's from Audi AG)and even if they can go offroad have no lineage of proven ability)
    and have features that are for the american lazy person Ex: Expedition and its "power flip and fold 3rd row seat... (more on that later) and who the heck needs a Caddy Pickup truck? i've actually had the priveledge of laughing at a lady who had one... after she was out of sight of course that thing is hideous

    most of the sales of thes trucks go to well off professionals who buy them for their wives to go grocery shopping, funny thing is they dont even know how to fold or remove the seats to maximize cargo capacity...(you would be amazed at how many people have these things and the most use they get outta them is loading them with stuff from Costco) most of the duties performed by these trucks can be accomplished by my GT...or a.. dare i say it.... MINIVAN
  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    Good job, that counts.
  • huntzingerhuntzinger Posts: 350
    All of these are "not at the same time", and hatch closed:

    VW Scirocco:

    600lbs stone
    half dozen 8ft long 2x4's

    Saab 900:
    ~5 full bags of leaves (the gazillion bushel sized bags)

    '85 Porsche 911 (Ok, its not a hatch!):
    4 cases of wine

    MB C230 Coupe:
    4 and a half cases of wine (without folding down the back seat).

  • thelthel Posts: 767
    held our new excercise bike (packed in the box of course). I was pretty surprised I can also tote 6-8 foot long boards in w/o even leaving the hatch open.
  • Mercedes A140 (rental car). This is a single load, without folding seats:

    2 - suitcases ( - 2600 inch^3 each)
    1 - medium sized daypack (2000 inch^3)
    1 - small sized daypack (1000 inch^3)
    1 - camera bag (a small one for me: ~900 inch^3)
    1 - half case of Mosel Wine

  • redsirredsir Posts: 34
    Try cleaning the rear window in a 2dr.

    My 2001 Civic coupe was a torture to clean. The film from the plastics off-gassing was very tough to clean. Summer washer fluid is best.

    Hatchback is soooo much easier.
  • I have owned two hatchbacks. I had a 83 Camry LE 5-door in 94-96. Great snow car and great for hauling items.

    I now own my second hatchback I got last November, a 91 Celica GT. Its amazing how much stuff this car will carry.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    is surprisingly big under the hatch...

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • I adore my Celica. Once I crammed $600 worth of groceries and stuff from Costco into it.

  • jimc93sijimc93si Posts: 34
    Every year I stuff a 8 to 10 foot Christmas tree in the back. Also, new TVs in boxes fit.
  • dq1dq1 Posts: 44
    when the struts that hold up the hatch suddenly don't work so well when a cold front comes through and the hatch comes down and hits me in the head :)~
  • rdeschenerdeschene Posts: 318
    You didn't mention what model year of Celica that was.
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