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Hatchback Cars Background Information

Hatchback cars have a rear door that opens upward and is part of a sloped back. They were designed in order to provide more storage space, by taking the trunk and pulling the back frame of the vehicle out enough to add a great deal more space. In addition, since the trunk now opens up in space into the vehicle, folding down a larger item over multiple seats is now possible.

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Some other common shared features of hatchbacks include the shared cargo and passenger area, though it is not mandatory for a vehicle to be classified as a hatchback. Hatchback cars are becoming increasingly popular, as the need for small, fuel efficient cars with a lot of storage space grows. The modern hatchback seems to offer the best combination of all of these factors.

Hatchbacks are typically either three-door or five-door vehicles. The hatchback counts as the last door, so depending on whether they have two or four traditional doors, they can be classified as a three-door or five-door vehicle. Sometimes a hatchback is also called a lift back, which is a reference to the hatchback door lifting up and away from the car itself in order to be opened.

Hatchbacks are also gaining a reputation as being a lot of fun to drive, thanks in large part to the fact that more of them have manual transmissions and a good bit of power that can be magnified depending on the circumstances.

History of Hatchback Cars


Vehicles that match the design of the modern hatchback date back to the late 1930s, when Citroen showed the world the Traction Avant Commerciale, which had a two-piece tailgate that hinged and opened upwards. It was the first example of what would eventually become known as the hatchback, though at the time it did not have that name and was more renowned for its increased steward space than anyone else.

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There would be various examples of cars meeting the hatchback definition over the years, even though it did not exist as a word until the 1970s. That’s when the vehicle design became a lot more wide spread, and at first it was a type of car that had a negative connotation in the United States. Most hatchbacks were foreign cars that were small, slow and unreliable so they were obviously not too popular. People didn’t seem to notice back then that the design itself had a great deal of merit to make a more efficiently engineered vehicle.

Eventually, they would come around as nearly every manufacturer began making hatchbacks and doing so effectively. It’s hard to go anywhere now without seeing a slew of hatchbacks all over the place. Fortunately for the type of car, the negative stereotypes and connotations with the name eventually died off as the quality of the cars increased significantly.

Now there are three-door and five-door versions, so buyers have some options in terms of style. The also have different powertrain options, ranging from front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive and covering a variety of different sizes of vehicles and engines.


General Information About Current Hatchback Cars


Currently, every major manufacturer seems to be offering one, if not more, hatchback model. Whether it’s the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Toyota Yaris, Chevrolet Spark or another of the many hatchbacks, they seem to be taking over the compact class of cars.

With the growing importance being placed on versatility within the niche, it’s increasingly important that hatchback cars be able to get maximum fuel efficiency while still offering plenty of toting room. Those are two of the main reasons that customers turn toward the hatchback and away from the sedan, so they will continue to be two of the biggest things that manufacturers strive to deliver day in and day out.


Examples of Hatchback Cars


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Depending on whose word you trust, there are a lot of vehicles that are considered among the top five in the class by one publication or another, so it can be tough to sort them out.
One of the better ones is the Ford Focus, which handles particularly well and gets great fuel economy. It also has a well-upgraded interior that keeps things feeling comfortable on the inside. It seems to be near the top of the list no matter who is making the rankings.

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 The Mazda Mazda3 is another of the most popular hatchbacks, and it too has exceptional handling, though it is coupled with a powerful engine that can be a bit too much at times, depending on the situation.

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The Volkswagen Golf GTI is another popular hatchback in 2013, which has great performance in terms of both power and handling. It backs up that performance punch with some great interior design and a solid build quality that keeps people satisfied for a long time.


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The Honda Fit is highly rated by the critics and is one of the safest vehicles in the group, plus it has a lot of cargo space for its design. Experts celebrate the engineering work of its team, which has given the Honda Fit a great reputation for creativity. Many predict that the rest of the market will soon be stealing from the work of the designers behind the Honda Fit, due to the fact that it has clearly made big strides.


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The Toyota Prius is a mainstay at the top of the list of any driver that is conscious about finding a fuel efficient vehicle. It’s also one of the safest cars on the road, but it is not as much fun to drive as some of the competition. Still, those who buy the Prius are doing so for fuel efficiency and it looks like that’s going to continue to be the strong point of the vehicle for quite some time.


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Another option is the impressive Chevrolet Volt, which is an electric car with a gas engine. That’s making it increasingly popular as well, as consumers transition away from conventional methods of fuel efficiency and into new technology.

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