There’s no doubting that you have more options than ever when it comes to buying your next vehicle, but narrowing down the type of vehicle that is best for you can go a long way in keeping you from feeling overwhelmed by your choices. Do you see yourself behind the wheel of a hatchback? Besides the fact that you can increase cargo space with a hatchback, there are several more reasons to own one. Below, you can learn the ups and downs as well as the ins and outs of having a hatchback of your very own.
Pro: Better Rear Visibility
Overall visibility is something else to add to your list when shopping for a new set of wheels. Because they usually have larger rear windows, hatchbacks often feature better rear visibility, which is essential when it comes to navigating your way through traffic and avoiding accidents. That said, that larger rear window will likely need its own wiper, which is something else that you’ll need to repair when it wears down.
Con: Not As Much Engine Power
When compared to a sedan, hatchbacks don’t often have as much sheer engine power, which is something that may be at the top of your list when you’re ready to start shopping for a new car. Depending on the type of ride you like and your usual driving conditions, having plenty of horsepower under the hood could be vital to your overall driving experience and satisfaction.
Pro: More Passenger Space
Even the tallest of drivers can find that they have plenty of hatchback options that offer loads of headroom for them to remain comfortable while behind the wheel. Even if you’re someone who’s on the shorter side, you may have tall passengers who would rather not feel cramped while you’re giving them a ride. Additionally, all that abundant interior space translates to more space for any cargo you have that you’d rather not, or simply cannot, put in the trunk.
Con: Potentially Less Fuel Efficient
The trade-off of the extra space commonly found in a hatchback is that it can result in less fuel efficiency when compared to a sedan. This is because the design of a hatchback isn’t usually as aerodynamic as the design of a sedan, which results in more drag and more fuel consumption. Be sure to take a deep dive into the fuel efficiency of the vehicles you’re considering to see which are the most fuel efficient and under what driving conditions.
Pro: Larger Trunk
Going back to cargo space, one of the best things about a hatchback is the sheer amount of cargo space you have. No matter if you don’t normally haul around a lot of stuff, simply knowing that you’ve got space in the back for various-sized items makes you feel ready to haul almost anything that you need to put in the trunk.
Con: More Weight
Hatchbacks have more body structure, a bigger tailgate and sometimes more glass than sedans. What that means is that any hatchback you’re considering may be heavier than a sedan, which you may not care too much for. If you want a nimble ride to glide through traffic like silk, all while following the speed limit and rules of the road, there’s a chance that you may feel more comfortable and experience more satisfaction going with a sedan.
Pro: Easier to Park
If you live in a city or an area where parking space is at a premium, buying a hatchback could be the best decision you ever make. Hatchbacks are usually shorter than sedans, meaning that they don’t need as much space when it comes to parking; you have a better chance of parallel parking perfectly the first time.
As you can see, there’s a lot to mull over before deciding whether a hatchback is right for you. Make a list of your own pros and cons to make the best choice.