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View Poll Results: Which version do you prefer?
Hatchback 1,047 65.48%
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post #371 of 410 (permalink) Old 03-06-2017, 11:51 AM
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Sedan for me. Don't like the look of hatchbacks at all, unless they're in the lift-back style (because they look like sedans ). I also have no need for the hauling of huge, awkward items. If I'm ever hauling anything, it's usually just groceries and a backpack, if that. Also, like others have mentioned, the sedan is cheaper, gives more privacy/separation from inside the cabin, is more fuel efficient and has slightly better performance.
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hatchback, for obvious reasons! :^)
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post #374 of 410 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 06:13 PM
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post #376 of 410 (permalink) Old 03-26-2017, 02:00 PM
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im actually getting a bit annoyed with the lack of space in the HB. As I mentioned in earlier posts, while I love the look of my HB I had to make adjustments for what I usually kept in my trunk on a daily basis. Along with what is imo a better look its also more practical for much easier big city parking where every single inch counts a lot.

But the general daily storage of the HB is (with seats up and cargo cover on) just really far too tiny. Its got its advantage for someone who may need to carry a bulky item or two that have height to them on a fairly constant basis and will keep the seats down and cover removed.

but really I cant even go to Costco without either folding the seats down or storing stuff in my back seat. Cant fit my golf clubs without doing the same. And then when I fold the seats dwon I have to remove the headrests because otherwise my driver seat has to be kept more forward than I would like it to be when I drive.

The sedans trunk simply has alot more square footage of floor space. It doesn't have the height available that the HB does with the cover off but it has the floor space and that imo is what is more valuable and more practical for the average daily usage. Imo its really only when one has a special need that the HB space may be a better (or the only option) for that person. Other than that I just find the tiny space available in the HB with everything in normal position to be far too tiny and almost ridiculously so.

And another issue as for a large item is that the sedan has mor available length. It lacks of course in available height but often times our large items are a length issue and not necessarily a height issue. With the rear seats folded the sedan has more inches of length from the rear of the car to the rear of the front seats. Like for example a couple longer pairs of skis perhaps. Cant fit them in the HB without letting them rest on the center console while the same ones will fit in the sedan without doing that.

I know Im repeating some thing mentioned earlier but honestly the HB really needed more space in what I would consider its trunk area (seats up and cover in place). That area is just much too tiny imo. About the only thing its good for is the average trip to the grocery store. Anything other than that and especially if one (like me) has some things that tend to live in the trunk, its just not very practical imo. Anything extra or anything out of the norm and the seats have to come down and the cover has to come off. I understand for when exceptional items are to be stored but this shouldn't be the case for just about any or most all extra items like after a trip to Costco or perhaps just something extra things from a department store etc.. I mean just about anything other then a few bags of groceries and I have to take the cover off and fold the seats dwon or simply store stuff in the back seat. Just too small and very overrated for what it actually is.
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im actually getting a bit annoyed with the lack of space in the HB.
I have the hatch too. I agree a few more inches in length would be appreciated. But after living with mine for almost 2 years, I still like the hatch. Except for my 80 lb dog, I live alone. My rear seats are always folded down. The cargo cover is never on. My dog likes it this way.

I bought an appliance at a home improvement store. If not for the hatch I'd have to had paid for a delivery.

I used the hatch to deliver for Amazon for a couple of weeks. I packed boxes to the roof. It would have been impossible to pack that much with a trunk.

My other car is a suv that I've had for 15+ years. The seats are folded down in that too. The dog insists.
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I went with the hatchback 60% for the styling and 40% for the practicality. I am always throwing my bike in the back while others mess around with bike racks and roof racks. My girlfriend bought a sedan a few weeks after I bought mine and boy does she regret not getting the hatch. But in terms of looks I just think there are so many nice looking sedans out there on the market, but there is no nicer looking hatch. The shooting brake look gets me every time. The only thing that I find close to resembling the fine lines of the 3 hatch is the Infiniti FX SUV's.

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Sedan, looks better and it's cheaper.

If I wanted more space I would have bought a truck
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I was going to say the opposite. Hatchback looks far better than the common sedan style.
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