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I signed up for Update on the Hatchback.....and really am looking forward to them bringing out more info on it. Anyone else on the Update list for the hatchback? I've heard it said, "Americans don't buy hatchbacks". I wonder just how true that actually is?
 

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Americans may not buy hatchbacks, but 40% of Focus sales are hatchbacks, so someone is buying them. I'll be watching how the Civic hatch plays out. Our '03 Mazda Protege5 hatchback is still going strong with only one failure (thermostat two years ago), so maybe 2018 will be the year to maybe replace it.
 

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I'm sorry to hijack this post but where do I start new posts? I have registered and created a user name and password yet I do not see any location for starting new threads on any of these pages. I can respond to existing posts but not start new ones. Wouls someone please give me a proccedure on how to do this?
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I'm sorry to hijack this post but where do I start new posts? I have registered and created a user name and password yet I do not see any location for starting new threads on any of these pages. I can respond to existing posts but not start new ones. Wouls someone please give me a proccedure on how to do this?
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Once you logged in, there should be a black/gray box at the top left of a fourm page right above the header that lists the threads in the forum. You won't see it on the Active Topics page, but it should be there on any of the regular forums pages.
 

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The upcoming Civic hatch as seen in spy photos is not really a hatch to me, are the hatch lovers still going to purchase it if it looks like what has been seen? I think a lot of people waiting on a hatch will be disappointed if what we have seen is what comes out.
 

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Pending Razer's post, here's Road&Track's version. But I'm not sure it's correct , but it's sort like MotorAuthority's spy shots. There's two sorts of compact hatchbacks. One that looks like these and the Focus hatchback. The other is more wagon-like in the vein of a Mazda3 hatchback or like my '03 Protege5 hatchback.

http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/g6191/this-is-the-euro-honda-civic-thats-headed-to-america/

http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1045383_2017-honda-civic-hatchback-spy-shots#image=100509456
 

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See these pics for example, these are the civic type R spy shots and are a confirmed civic hatchback. Take off the giant wing and fenders and you see what the hatchback will look like. These are the new one, not the older renders out there.

http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2017-honda-civic-type-r-spy-shots/#slide-3661445

There are other photos out there from the last few months that are this/these cars being tested in some areas.
 

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See these pics for example, these are the civic type R spy shots and are a confirmed civic hatchback. Take off the giant wing and fenders and you see what the hatchback will look like. These are the new one, not the older renders out there.

http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2017-honda-civic-type-r-spy-shots/#slide-3661445

There are other photos out there from the last few months that are this/these cars being tested in some areas.
That's more like it! The previous generation Euro Civic Hb is pretty horrendous looking to my eyes.

This liftback-like body style is making me very hopeful. Swinging for the fences, Honda seems to be hitting this gen Civic out of the ballpark.
 

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HRV LOL...

Honda Fit?
I'm currently driving a 2007 Honda Fit Sport 5MT. It's been reliable, economical, very practical (this little car has tremendous cargo capacity with the "magic seats") and fun to drive. My chief gripes are wind/road noise at interstate speeds and short gearing -- 4000RPM @ 82MPH. After 112k miles, I'm ready to replace it.

I go on several long road trips every year. I want a vehicle with the same positive attributes of the Fit, but more refined and quiet with better tech & sound system. The new Fit doesn't quite make the grade. The 6 speed manual on the HR-V has gotten negative reviews, and fuel economy falls short. I would actually like a vehicle with slightly higher ground clearance and AWD for Chicago winters and the rough forest service roads I sometimes drive on to reach trailheads, but I never got stuck with my Fit and the other attributes I noted are more important to me.

I'd strongly consider the the Mazda 3 if it didn't have road noise issues. I haven't ruled out the Ford Focus. The VW Golf (or Sportwagen) was at the top of my list until this new Civic came along. I haven't test driven anything yet. The first new car I ever bought was an '86 Golf, and I'm sure I'd really like the new one but VW reliability doesn't come close to Honda and the Civic has it beat in fuel economy by 5MPG.

I'm hoping the new Civic is real hatchback that maximizes cargo capacity rather than emphasizing style as a liftback. If the latter, I just might go with the Sportwagen. Nothing else in the category can haul as much gear.
 

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Looks like you're in luck with the 2016 Civic, have heard some surprisingly positive reviews of how quiet the cabin is. If you're familiar with the current accord and what it's like on the highway...that is what some sources have reported it to be like.
 

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I'm hoping the new Civic is real hatchback that maximizes cargo capacity rather than emphasizing style as a liftback. If the latter, I just might go with the Sportwagen. Nothing else in the category can haul as much gear.
From the pictures Razer posted it appears that the Hatch is more of a Lift back.
I don't see much in the way of storage space when compared to a golf or the sport wagen. I'm in the same boat as you. Even the Ford Focus is lacking in storage space. The Ford, Mazda and Honda Hatches all seem to forgo storage height for clean lines..:rolleyes:
 
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