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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: 274
    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: 12,726
    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.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • 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: 356
    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: 12,726
    is surprisingly big under the hatch...

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • 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: 329
    You didn't mention what model year of Celica that was.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    an '02.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • autonutsautonuts Posts: 138
    anything new about the Honda Jazz? When will it be here and what size engine? Thanks!
  • icvciicvci Posts: 1,031
    32 inch TV in its box
    3 - 5 gallon water bottles
    Tool box
    Unassembled TV stand
    My wife

    and on a seperate occasion a Maytag Neptune washing machine. The hatch had to stay open about one inch though.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    Civic hatches have a lot more room inside than one might imagine...

    Is the Jazz really coming here?

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Here's a direct link to our Honda Fit/Jazz discussion. Good luck.

    Hatchbacks & Wagons Boards
  • momo8517momo8517 Posts: 1
    bigass gas grill + sewing machine + 3pcs. 10ft copper pipe...back closed!!!
  • smashersmasher Posts: 31
    I routinely tossed my bike in there, with no need to take off either wheel. (Each of my bikes fit, even the most bulky one with the beer basket on the handlebars.) It went in front-wheel first, turned down between the folded rear seat and the back of the front seat.

    I was able to pack a week's worth of camping stuff (tent, sleeping bag, stove, lantern, etc.), my bike, a spare wheelset, a cooler, and a bunch of groceries in there without any problems.

    One day I brought home two big bookcases, each about 3 ft x 4 ft x 1 ft, one on top of the other, and I was able to close the hatch.

    A 27" TV in the box, able to close the hatch.

    Large microwave (the biggest one Sharp makes) in the box, able to close the hatch.

    A five-foot long countertop and a couple of 8-ft 2x4s (with the front seat folded all the way forward); I was able to close the hatch.

    Two big plastic storage shelving units (broken down, but in their boxes); I was able to close the hatch.

    Two friends (one in the front seat, one in the back seat, with the other side folded down), a metal storage cabinet, a big steel kitchen stool, a couple of good-sized book boxes, and a bike on a removable trunk rack.

    For me, I can do most of my little errands, short hops around town, and some of my commuting on a bike; the car is for commuting the rest of the time (especially in the winter), road trips, and hauling big stuff. I don't know why people think they need big SUVs; I can't really think of anything I wasn't able to bring home in my Integra, except maybe my bed and the sofa. The only thing which kind of sucked about it was the high liftover and short cargo-compartment height with the cargo shelf in place. Other than those little nits, that car rocked!
  • jsfocusjsfocus Posts: 16
    I leased a 2000 Ford focus ZTS sedan, and had every intention of buying it at lease end. However, upon test-driving the ZX5, I realized how much better the visibility was out the rear window of the hatchback. The difference was truly remarkable. Being 5'2", when looking out the back window of the ZTS, I could see the steering wheel and head of the driver behind me. In the ZX5 hatchback, I could actually see the tires of the car behind me on the road.

    I gave back my leased ZTS and purchased the ZX5 5-door hatchback. With the greatly increased rear visibility, I feel much more at ease and safer. Changing lanes is a breeze in the ZX5 compared to the ZTS. In addition, the visibility out the right hand side of the car is awesome (because of lots of glass). And, I no longer worry about possibly running some little kid over while I reverse.

    My mother told me, "Better safe than sorry...give up the sedan with the high back and get the hatchback."
  • jsfocusjsfocus Posts: 16
    One thing I loved about my leased 2000 Ford Focus ZTS is that it felt like it was floating on air whenever I drove it. In comparison, my newly purchased 2003 Focus ZX5 hatchback feels quite bumpy. It reacts to all the bumps in the road. I prefer the ZTS ride quality. It seemed like it was driving itself and all I had to do was place one finger on the steering wheel (to show that I was in control...LOL)

    Why is there such a difference between the ride quality of these two models?

    Is it because:

    - the hatchback is 7 inches shorter in length? The height and width are exactly the same. The hatchback is 36 pounds heavier.

    - am I closer to the ground in the hatchback?

    - did Ford change the suspension since 2000 models?

    - is the hatchback being broken in and will become smoother later? My first drive with the hatchback was at 20KM, and my 2000 sedan first drive was after it already had 5000km on it.

    I am finding that the steering wheel of the hatchback is looser than in the 2000 ZTS. Therefore, the steering seems to pull itself slightly to the left or right as it reacts to the bumps in the road. I'm going to take my car back to the dealership and compare the steering column to the sedan I returned 3 days ago.

    Well...the biggest plus about the hatchback is the much much better rear visibility and right-hand side visibility, when compared to the sedan ZTS.
  • spencer19spencer19 Posts: 17
    In my 1989 Mercury Tracer 4-door hatchback was a dozen 8 foot long, 4 by 4 inch landscaping ties - and I closed the hatchback! Could have even fit more in, but a dozen was all I needed.

    Wish they still made the Tracer, I'd get another one in a second. I'm currently looking, close to getting a Mazda Protege5. Wonder what the salesman would look like if I showed up with an 8' landscaping tie to see how it fits :-)

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