Fun. But, hate the suicide doors
By Mighty on Tuesday, June 16, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16
overall rating 7 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Fun to drive, Handles well, Feels sporty"
Cons: "The doors, The doors, The doors, Poor mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"The car I really want is an updated RX-7 or 240Z. An inexpensive two-seat hatchback sports car. In early 2013, the RX-8 was the closest I could find.
I really like the styling of the front end. I really like the styling of the back end. I absolutely hate the suicide doors. I think they ruin the lines of the car. It's more stretched out than I'd like. And, they just look out of place, to me.
From a practical standpoint, they're horrible. It has all the disadvantages of the long doors of a two-door. Plus the added inconvenience of a door that opens the wrong way. If you're parked next to another car and open the suicide doors, then you are now trapped between the two cars.
If someone is trying to get out of the back seat, now there are two of you standing there, trying not to let the long door hit the car next to you, while attempting to maneuver to close the back door.
If you're trying to get something bulky or heavy in or out of the car, the object is exactly in the way of the door path. You're trying to figure out some place to put your feet, while scooting the object out of the way of the back door, again, while trying to be conscientious of the car next to you.
I've since learned that I need to stop the car in a clear area in order to load or unload the back seat. I play hockey. My bag will not fit through the teeny trunk opening. When I leave my house for my game, I have to back the car out of the garage into the driveway to get my bag in. If the parking lot at the rink is full, then I have to stop the car, pull my bag out, then park it.
On top of all that, the way the seat belt runs through the loop in the back door, it often gets twisted and won't slide freely. I have to pay attention to how I release it, or else it ends up on the ground, in the way if I'm pulling something out of the back, or tangled in my feet.
If I can't have my two-seat hatchback, then I could probably be okay with a two-seat and a trunk sports car. But, this isn't even that.
My impression is that they do it for insurance reasons. By having the extra doors and the back seat, it gets put into a different insurance category. So, I guess we can blame the bean counters on this one.
Overall, I like the car okay. I just think it would be a much better car without those ugly doors."
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