From today’s perspective, the supremacy of the coupe in decades past is somewhat of a surprise, but look around during your typical drive and it makes a bit more sense–most cars have a single occupant. The rise of the multi-car household enabled more compact replacements to become the “personal” vehicle of choice as the ’80s wore on and the Honda pictured here was among the smallest of these. So despite being such wildly different cars, the sight of this CRX and this Galaxie by pbell5600 begs the same question: do cars like these make more sense today than when either was in production?
The popularity of cars like this CRX and other smaller coupes was possible in part because of the decreasing need for a single car to fulfill all its owners’ needs. This trend only intensified over the past twenty years, and while the death of the large two-door sedan makes sense in such a context, the handful of volume two-doors left on the market today remains perplexing.
These days, GTIs are more popular as five-doors and Ford hasn’t bothered bringing over the three-door version of its Fiesta. Compare that to the days when five-door versions of popular cars were often kept overseas (Toyota only gave us the three-door Corolla FX, same was true for the first and second gen Civic as well as the Festiva).
Some argue that coupes have never made sense because three-box packaging is inefficient and though that’s certainly true, four-door sedans have mostly remained popular while even three-door SUVs have declined in popularity. Meanwhile, the downward trend in vehicle occupancy rates largely continues, so wouldn’t it make sense for customer preference to favor vehicles optimized for fewer passengers?