The thing about hatchbacks is that there is a fundamental simplicity to their shape. Cutting out the trunk leaves them with a clean, unified form.

Take, for instance, this Honda Civic hatchback. It's what you would call a 'two box' design. There's one 'box' (in yellow) for the front of the car, low under the hood, where all the engine and drivetrain goes. There's a second 'box' (in blue) for the rest of the car, with room for all the occupants. If this car had a traditional trunk, that would jut out and make it a 'three box' design.

This particular third-gen Civic looks amazingly clean and simple today. It was very much a product of the '80s, so the lines and straight and the panels are largely flat. Back in the day it might've been a little boring or conservative. Today it looks remarkably restrained and sharp.

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That is, if you can find one today. It feels like most of these things either rusted off the road, or failed emissions testing ages ago with an arcane vacuum-line brainfuck of contemporary compliance equipment.

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What hatchback design do you think is even simpler, classier, cleaner than this '80s Civic?

Photo Credit: Honda