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Old 05-24-2011, 08:14 AM   #1
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The Big Question: Sedan or Hatchback

I can most likely get an SEL Sedan now... the Hatch is about as rare as the Holy Grail right now, I can't find any in Cincinnati.

My wife has a Toyota Matrix, so we have one hatch in the family. Right now I'm renting a Corolla until I get my new ride. I scoped out the trunk today and it seems fairly roomy, I understand that specs-wise the Focus trunk is bigger.

Anyone have a Sedan? And how is the trunk in the real world? I'm having a kid in September and I know I'll have to pack it full of baby crap when I go places.

The problem is, that in a perfect world I'd go and get my base SEL hatch and that'd be it. But it's not a perfect world, so I might have to get the sedan.

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I don't have one yet, but I have test drove both of these cars, took them home, and gave them a run through.

The biggest issue for me with the sedan is the trunk. The opening to the trunk is too small. Sure the trunk is a fine size (for a car of this size), but you can't put larger items in it, because you can't fit it in the opening.

For example, the trunk is easily big enough to hold my hockey bag. However, I can't get my hockey bag through the opening, so I would have to put in the back seat. It was also the same issue for our baby stroller.

This was a deal breaker for me, plus I like the versatility of the hatch as well.
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:46 AM   #3
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I don't have one yet, but I have test drove both of these cars, took them home, and gave them a run through.

The biggest issue for me with the sedan is the trunk. The opening to the trunk is too small. Sure the trunk is a fine size (for a car of this size), but you can't put larger items in it, because you can't fit it in the opening.

For example, the trunk is easily big enough to hold my hockey bag. However, I can't get my hockey bag through the opening, so I would have to put in the back seat. It was also the same issue for our baby stroller.

This was a deal breaker for me, plus I like the versatility of the hatch as well.
Hmm... that's a good point. We did put a stroller on our registry, but it folds up really small, It's not one of those gigantic jeep strollers or anything. My wife keeps it simple.
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:48 AM   #4
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The hatch is much more practical and way better looking. Expand your search a bit. Its definitely worth a long drive
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Sedan. Looks "awesomest". No other reason. :-D
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If hatch is what you think you will "need" ...
there is no decision to be made. Actually you need the wagon ... whenever that hits the US.

The sedan is a "sports" car, unless you can get a trailor hitch.
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When I saw the sedan trunk, I thought is was small, but certainly usable. Definitely good for a compact. However when stroller shopping, stay away from those giant all-terrain behemoths, and look for the slim euro models you'll probably be fine.

Still, if you're going to spend thousands of $$$ on a vehicle, you should get exactly what you want. You might be able to order a car and get it as early as 6-8 weeks. I've used priceline in the past to rent vehicles at pretty low prices. I got an Elantra about 6 months ago for about a month @ ~$18/day, including taxes. It might be worth spending a few hundred extra now to get exactly what you need over the long haul. Anyway, just a thought.

*edit* got sidetracked and didn't see you were already heading away from the behemoths.
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I don't have one yet, but I have test drove both of these cars, took them home, and gave them a run through.

The biggest issue for me with the sedan is the trunk. The opening to the trunk is too small. Sure the trunk is a fine size (for a car of this size), but you can't put larger items in it, because you can't fit it in the opening.

For example, the trunk is easily big enough to hold my hockey bag. However, I can't get my hockey bag through the opening, so I would have to put in the back seat. It was also the same issue for our baby stroller.

This was a deal breaker for me, plus I like the versatility of the hatch as well.
I have to agree with Skippy905's thoughts here . I checked out both for a while since my dealer had both. The other cargo downside to the sedan is the opening where the trunk meets the flip down seats has chassis/frame sheet metal that obstructs the opening to the back seat area. It just doesn't have the wide open space of the hatch with seat(s) down.

Lastly, the sedan is about 7 inches longer without offering any significant additional space to speak of. "So what" you say. Well, for me and my ultra cramped garage, that is the difference between being able to fit inside the door and still walk along the front of the car without hitting the shelving unit.

Plus, my taste (and most auto magazine writers), think the hatch is better looking.
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:24 AM   #9
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Yeah I have three dealers in the area saying they're looking for me... we shall see.

It might be one of those things that I go SE and get a few of the options I want, namely the SYNC and alloy wheels.

If it wasn't the case of my car being totaled, I would order one... I unfortunately don't have that luxury.
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Yeah I have three dealers in the area saying they're looking for me... we shall see.

It might be one of those things that I go SE and get a few of the options I want, namely the SYNC and alloy wheels.


If it wasn't the case of my car being totaled, I would order one... I unfortunately don't have that luxury.
That's what we ended up doing. I couldn't find a SEL hatch WITHOUT a sunroof, so I "settled" for a SE with the 203A package. I will be getting rid of the steel wheels/caps tomorrow for some non-Ford 16" OEM aluminum wheels that will allow me to keep the factory tires (to keep the cost down mainly).

If you think you want the hatch over the sedan, then get it. We came out of an Explorer, and having the hatch is great.
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