Think what you’d save on hinges

A TTAC piece suggesting that Suzuki return to the US market with its tiny-ish Jimny SUVlet brought a complaint from the field that the Jimny, after all, only has two doors, prompting this expostulation:

JFC, FFS why? Why does every GD thing have to have four doors? Surely if a niche product like this were to actually be imported in some way, than perhaps part of its charm/uniqueness and value might possibly be the mere fact that it has only two doors, and thus might actually help it stand out in a marketplace that over the last 20 years has been completely and utterly pussified into a dork-mobile-four-door-family-truckster love fest? Spare the crybaby crap about fitting a car seat into the back … go buy one of the other 673 four door options instead. Yes, we are a minority, but there are enough of us Gen-X aged folk that are old enough to remember when four door vehicles were considered crappy looking, second class citizen, mom-mobiles and would gladly buy something that isn’t available in four doors, largely for the fact that it isn’t available in four doors and isn’t a Joe Dirt trailer park Mustang/Camaro/Challenger, a baby boomer’s wet dream of their youth Corvette, or an impractical AF Miata.

I’m assuming you can decipher the abbreviations on your own.

Really, the only vehicle that absolutely, positively must have four doors is the Maserati Quattroporte, whose very name means “four-door.” And Hyundai’s Veloster soldiers on into its second generation, still with three doors (two on the passenger side).


  1. fillyjonk »

    8 February 2019 · 2:41 pm

    Old, old joke, but:

    Why does a chicken coop only have two doors?

    Because if it had four, it would be a chicken sedan.

  2. Barks »

    8 February 2019 · 3:15 pm

    Are there enough of these people with driving licenses to make it worthwhile to load up a ship with the model and bring to US?

  3. CGHill »

    8 February 2019 · 4:19 pm

    I think there might be, but the real issue is going to be whether they can pass US standards without a whole lot of rework.

  4. McGehee »

    8 February 2019 · 4:25 pm

    Hell, the Ford Bronco and Bronco II only had two doors.

    Of course, Ford ended both of those in favor of the Explorer and those other E-named SUVs ranging from the Escape up to the bygone Excursion…

  5. jsallison »

    9 February 2019 · 5:17 pm

    Looks like it’d make a relatively comfy golf cart. Daughter officially hates two-doors. Had to borrow a Mustang while her car is getting fixed, Loading and unloading a one year old and attendant seat quite a chore.

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