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Has anyone opted for the coupe only to realize that its reduced practicality compared to a sedan is a nightmare and a dealbreaker?
I've had a 2-door but it was the GTI and maybe it being a hatchback made things a little easier.

Let me know what your experience has been having a 9th gen coupe instead of a sedan. It seems the Si coupes are a lot more plentiful than sedans.


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What's so impractical about a coupe? Works fine for me.
 

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Larger front doors, making it potentially more difficult in parking spots, doors on GTI were pretty hefty, though I suspect it'll be less of a problem in a Honda.

No rear door means you have to pretzel yourself between the B-pillar and the front seat pulled forward if carrying longer objects

Slide-out sun visors don't reach the b-pillar (I'm very sensitive to sunlight)

I remember bemoaning getting a 2-door instead of a 4-door GTI from time to time but not enough to trade it in, and I've yet to go more than 3 years in one car.
 

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Larger front doors, making it potentially more difficult in parking spots, doors on GTI were pretty hefty, though I suspect it'll be less of a problem in a Honda.

No rear door means you have to pretzel yourself between the B-pillar and the front seat pulled forward if carrying longer objects

Slide-out sun visors don't reach the b-pillar (I'm very sensitive to sunlight)

I remember bemoaning getting a 2-door instead of a 4-door GTI from time to time but not enough to trade it in, and I've yet to go more than 3 years in one car.
Put stuff in the trunk. Lay down the seats and you get more room. Didn't think about parking, but that's sort of true, if the car you parked next to can actually park correctly and not a dumb angle. I just got used to it I suppose.
A sedan is way more practical just imagine if you ever have to get anything or anyone into and out of the backseat. Also in the used car market a sedan will be more in demand.
I don't put anything back there I can't reach back from the seat, like the HeatSheild or random crap I forgot, like a thick sweatshirt or ice scraper. Throw everything else in the trunk. I bought a two door so I don't have to worry about taking other people lol
 
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The way I see it, it depends on your situation. For many years, I am primarily the only one in my car, with an occasional trip with my wife. No dependent children anymore. Almost never need the back seat. And we have an Accord for when we do.

Parking/door issues are rarely an issue. Occasionally some schlamiel will park too close to my door, but I can get in with little-to-no problem, even with a fedora on. I may be 60+ but I am small-framed and in good shape.

And I love the look of the coupe so these perceived issues are virtually meaningless to me.
 

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Just really depends. There were sedans i've owned that couldn't fit as much stuff as my coupe. It really comes down to personal usage.
 

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The trunk in these cars is really massive for a compact car. I've never had any issue with space for carrying things. I even throw my bike in the back with the front tire off and the rear seats down pretty often. If you regularly put people in the back seat of your car then it could be an issue, but other than that the coupe has plenty of space to be a personal car.

That said, there is no scenario where the sedan is less practical than the coupe. Some of your concerns aren't even considerations for me, like door size and sun visor coverage so I am a bad judge for that. If these are high priority items for you, why not just go for the sedan?
 

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I’ve had both. 9th Gen sedan ex and my 9th Gen coupe si. We got rid of the sedan to get my wife an suv. For loading anything, we use her car. Even on road trips we take the si. My granddaughters car seat fits fine back there and that’s pretty much the only thing we have in the back seat. If we go anywhere, the trunk space is awesome for a compact car. The doors never gave me an issue. I used to have an 88 thunderbird turbo coupe, and those doors were bigger than the titanic so the si coupes doors don’t give me an issue. If you have toddlers or young ones that are getting in and out multiple times a day, than it may present an issue. It all depends on your situation. I think the coupes look better and almost have the same interior space. A little less headroom in the back but not too much.
 

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I love this topic. When I was at my Honda dealer back in 2012 I had two options of white civic si's. One was a sedan and one was a coupe. I went with the sedan because I preferred the lines of the sedan and the practicality of having rear doors. I also thought it would be handy to have four doors if, by chance, i had a significant other and perhaps a child. Having those back doors would make all that significantly easier. That didnt happen but I still have the car and love the hell outta it.
 

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I bought my coupe new, 7 years ago. I used to trade cars before they were paid off! I was looking at a CRV and had just about reached a decent deal when I saw my little red coupe in the showroom. I have always driven the practical vehicle capable of transporting a little league baseball team and their equipment! In about 2 seconds, I forgot about how much more practical a CRV would be in the winter. I bought the totally impractical coupe! I will admit that it is a pain to put a car seat in the back seat, but since I do that very rarely, it's not a big deal. Parking isn't much of an issue, either. I just pay attention to what I'm doing. If I have to park farther away from a building, I call it a bonus cardio workout. With gas prices steadily climbing, I'm OK. My coupe sips gas. I guess the bottom line is this: If you don't like your coupe, find something you like better. I still love mine and don't see myself trading it in anytime soon.
 

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I have always preferred the coupe, and that is what I have. I have no kids and rarely have more than one passenger, so people getting into and out of the back seat is not a concern for me. I just recently moved, and while I really should have just rented a van, my coupe was still able to carry a good number of items for the kind of car that it is. When I think of all of the relatively inexpensive sporty coupes with good gas mileage that were available in the early 1990's, I think it's sad that hardly any are available today, and even Honda has discontinued the coupe for 2022 -- No coupe, no sale. Keepin' my 2015 Coupe!
 

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I have always preferred the coupe, and that is what I have. I have no kids and rarely have more than one passenger, so people getting into and out of the back seat is not a concern for me. I just recently moved, and while I really should have just rented a van, my coupe was still able to carry a good number of items for the kind of car that it is. When I think of all of the relatively inexpensive sporty coupes with good gas mileage that were available in the early 1990's, I think it's sad that hardly any are available today, and even Honda has discontinued the coupe for 2022 -- No coupe, no sale. Keepin' my 2015 Coupe!
I agree with you, especially on that last point.

But wait! There's more! :) The newer cars have so many nanny systems that I'm basically all done with them. I haven't been able to turn them off in my wife's new 2021 CRV, despite following the owner's manual. That vehicle slammed on its brakes the second time I drove it, and there was nothing in front of me.
 

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I agree with you, especially on that last point.

But wait! There's more! :) The newer cars have so many nanny systems that I'm basically all done with them. I haven't been able to turn them off in my wife's new 2021 CRV, despite following the owner's manual. That vehicle slammed on its brakes the second time I drove it, and there was nothing in front of me.
I FULLY agree with this. I'm tired of all of the nanny and self-driving crap they're trying to force on us. Yeah, a whole national fleet of self driving cars ALL CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET! Sure NOTHING could go wrong there, right? It would be a cyber-terrorist's dream! Oh sure, it will all be secure and encrypted! That's why companies with deep pockets keep getting hacked, like the company that runs that pipeline a few weeks ago.

I don't mind features that beep if I'm getting too close to an object, or something like that. But don't force me to buy equipment that grabs control of the car from me. I'd prefer no stability system. No anti-lock brakes. And no whack-you-upside-the head airbags. But all of that &#!+ is required by law on all new US cars.

And how about that crap that shuts off the engine at every stoplight? I get the idea to save fuel and reduce pollution, but this is not the way to do it. I've heard that there can be a noticeable delay for the car to restart when starting to move the car after a stop, and if there is a situation where a car is suddenly coming in your path and you need split-second response, this could make a difference. On a hybrid, it's better, because at least the electric motor can get the car moving right away, but on a conventional gas-only engine, there could be a delay. If buying a car with this feature, I would at least thoroughly test-drive it and see if you notice a delay. And I am not fully convinced that all of this constant starting and stopping of the engine does not increase wear on the starter and drive train.
 

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I don't mind features that beep if I'm getting too close to an object, or something like that. But don't force me to buy equipment that grabs control of the car from me. I'd prefer no stability system. No anti-lock brakes. And no whack-you-upside-the head airbags. But all of that &#!+ is required by law on all new US cars.
I turn off the TC in my '15 Civic every time I gwt in. It's pretty much automatic now.

And how about that crap that shuts off the engine at every stoplight? I get the idea to save fuel and reduce pollution, but this is not the way to do it. I've heard that there can be a noticeable delay for the car to restart when starting to move the car after a stop, and if there is a situation where a car is suddenly coming in your path and you need split-second response, this could make a difference. On a hybrid, it's better, because at least the electric motor can get the car moving right away, but on a conventional gas-only engine, there could be a delay. If buying a car with this feature, I would at least thoroughly test-drive it and see if you notice a delay. And I am not fully convinced that all of this constant starting and stopping of the engine does not increase wear on the starter and drive train.
Our new CR-V has this 'feature.'

I was shown how to turn it off when we pick up the car. But, of course, I forgot to do so on my first drive in it.

I was in the left lane behind a car waiting to turn left. As is customary for me, when I had a gap large enough to nail it and get around the car, the CR-V went nowhere. I didn't realize it had shut off because I had stopped for more than whatever number of seconds it takes for that system to activate.

Then it restarted and lurched over into the right lane, narrowly missing the car approaching in that lane. Needless to say, I was a little pissed.

Just recently, I have figured out how to turn off all the nannies in this car, and will always do so before putting it in gear.
 

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I work with Advanced Driver Assist Systems on the daily and these systems are setup for safe driving individuals. Where in an instance a human would gas and pass or risk getting closer than the sensor will allow, is just not what they intend to support. These systems are forced on us in the near future as standard systems. Bummer for the attentive, focused, and decisive drivers as it makes you afraid to take risks. Especially after experiencing a “limp gas pedal” (the car thinks you are too close to the car ahead Millimeter Wave Radar/Multipurpose Camera) and Autonomous Emergency Braking makes you piss your pants and have your wife screaming at you for the next week. These cars of the future will keep you afraid to make a potential bad decision. It’s good for everybody in the casualty sector but it stinks for the above mentioned drivers. Even your Blind Spot Information Radar keeps your eyes on the mirror to actually verify that blink of light is what you thought it was, and see a car or the light. But the more people rely on the BSI for lane changes, mainly our children who learn on this new platform, won’t be looking for the spirited driver attempting lane changes behind them, to be able to predict a situation before a Radar could ever determine. The 4 door has better vision, almost none when looking for lane changes (manually), and easier to get passengers in the back.
 
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