The hatchback is sometimes referred to as the "two-box" because it features one compartment for the engine and another for passengers and cargo. Instead of a trunk, items are stored in the rear of the vehicle, and you can access the storage area by opening the hatch. This type of vehicle is made by a wide variety of automakers such as Hyundai, Chevrolet, and Toyota. Luxury brands such as BMW also have cars that they market as hatchbacks.
You Get a Deceptive Amount of Storage SpaceThe 2019 Mazda3 offers up to 20.1 cubic feet of storage space while the 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback has up to 17.8 cubic feet of storage space. Most hatchbacks come with rear seats that fold down to provide even more room for musical instruments, sporting goods, or luggage.
Hatchbacks Tend to Hold Their Resale ValueThe Honda Civic will retain 41.2% of its original value after five years of ownership. The Kia Soul, Hyundai Accent, and Hyundai Elantra are also considered to be vehicles that retain their value over many years. As a general rule, cars that have higher resale values tend to be in higher demand from dealers and private buyers alike. Therefore, they can be easier to sell or trade in addition to fetching a higher price.
Hatchbacks Are Designed to Be Visually AppealingAutomakers have put an emphasis on designing hatchbacks to be more visually appealing to consumers. This is generally done through the use of wider wheelbases and lines that make hatchbacks look more like sedans than boxes on wheels.
Some Drivers May Think of Hatchbacks as Overly PracticalHatchbacks generally prioritize storage space and fuel efficiency over power and handling. For instance, the 2020 Chevy Sonic has only 138 horsepower while the Toyota Corolla hatchback has 168 horsepower.
The Hatch Has a Window to Look ThroughThe hatch itself has a window so that the driver can see what is going on while backing up the vehicle. This may also make it easier for a passerby to see if there is anything valuable in the vehicle. However, many new hatchbacks have privacy trays or other features that make it less likely that anyone can see the belongings inside your car.
Hatchbacks May Be Slightly Louder Than SedansSince there is no separation between the cabin and the trunk, a hatchback may be a little noisier than a sedan while it is in motion. Of course, this is something that a driver or passenger will likely get used to after riding in the car for several weeks or months. Also, this may not be an issue when you're not storing anything in the rear of the car.