New Feature: Encyclopedia Hoonatica

Starting tomorrow, we begin a new (expected-to-be-) daily afternoon feature: Encyclopedia Hoonatica.
Actually, it really doesn’t have much to do with any sort of reference volume. It is, instead, a series of posts similar to the commenter-participation Hooniverse Asks posts we bring each morning, only a bit more specific.
Every afternoon, one of your humble contibutors/editors will toss out a particular vehicular feature or quirk, along with an example or two. Your job is then to name another car that fits the criteria, hopefully one that has not already been mentioned in the comments. Some will be easy, others will be more challenging. This will be quite fun and rewarding for those of you with OCD (obsessive car disorder).

I found the inspiration for this a few weeks ago on my morning commute. I was behind a Pontiac Aztek, and it amazingly reminded me of a Honda CRX. Why? Both cars have a small vertical pane of glass on the rear hatch, below the main rear window. Then I thought of several others with the same trait: the Prius and the tiny little sliver of one on the Mazda MX-3. As I tried to think if there were more, it occurred to me that the readership of Hooniverse could most likely offer a few examples.
If you ever played “I went on a picnic and took along…” as a kid, you know how this works (although we’d prefer that you not repeat back all the previous examples in your comment before adding yours.)
Sort of a Trivial Pursuit of Awesome.

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38 responses to “New Feature: Encyclopedia Hoonatica”

  1. Baron Von Danger Avatar

    Thank you for not showing the front of that Aztek
    2010 Honda Insight can be added to that list.
    I actually could tell that they changed the car they used for leonard's character in 'The Big Bang Theory' from the Prius to another car by the back of the car.

    1. Maymar Avatar

      And I could tell they changed it to a Saab 900 (or maybe 9-3) because of the headrests (same deal for the 240 wagon he drove in the pilot).

  2. Matt Avatar

    2002-2005 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor/C320 Sport Coupe can be added as well.

  3. muthalovin Avatar

    I will totally hoon on some encyclopedias.

  4. engineerd Avatar

    Nice call.

  5. Matt Avatar


  6. Hopman Avatar

    2nd & 3rd generationToyota Prius.

  7. Slow Joe Crow Avatar
    Slow Joe Crow

    The Maserati Khamsin is the first car I can think of with a glass panel in the rear, plus extra points for floating the tailights in the glass.

  8. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    I deliberately didn't use this topic for a *real* discussion, because I doubted there would be many more options to bring up. A Lambo and a Maserati?
    I think we can declare this one a success.

  9. Tomsk Avatar


  10. Tomsk Avatar

    I say it counts.

    1. retro Avatar

      Well if that counts then I guess the Mk2 Scirocco counts too.
      <img src=""&gt;

  11. Tomsk Avatar

    Citroen C4 3-door
    <img src="" width="570" height="380" />

    1. AlexG55 Avatar

      Perhaps this is a better pic, as it shows the sloped windshield above the panel (which is technically reverse-sloped not vertical). Without that, the Ami 6 would have to count.
      <img src="; width=600>

      1. Hopman Avatar

        I'd say that the idea is the same. Let him slide.

      2. engineerd Avatar

        I knew there was a Citroen that had this feature, but I couldn't for the life of me remember which one.

  12. Thrashy Avatar

    That picture has ruined my CRX for me. Tanshanomi, I'm sorry, but you have to die now.

      1. Deartháir Avatar

        I had one of those, and I have never seen a more useless window. It was so distorted, looking through it, that you could barely tell what it was you were seeing anyhow.

        1. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

          Agreed, absolutely hopeless. The CLC (same body) that replaced it is even worse, the transparent panel has gone and you have absolutely terrible rear visibility. Your view of a following car starts somewhere above its hood.
          The fact that this 9 year old design continues to sell like hot cakes weakens my faith in humanity.

      2. Matt Avatar

        I mentioned this in post #2. Just no picture.

    1. retro Avatar

      Well, since the CRX is already ruined for you, I might as well post this:
      <img src=""&gt;

  13. retro Avatar

    Civic Hatchback

      1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

        I love those (compared to ours) and am not sure why I didn't think of it…

  14. dmilligan Avatar

    Much better than an Aztek, ne?

  15. retro Avatar

    I think someone at Honda is enamoured with this concept. They are making this too easy.
    <img src="; width="500px">

  16. dukeisduke Avatar

    One of my favorite cars.

  17. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

    Another 'fake' version of this feature…
    <img src=""&gt;
    (Yes, a few of these were imported – which would make the necessary adaptations considerably easier…)
    Here's a better shot.
    (Yes, the A2's is technically real, though nearly useless, while the Citroën XM's is a faux variant serving as a light bar… but it's the same styling feature. I'll grant that this is stretching the definition, but it's the first thing I thought of.)

  18. Thrashy Avatar

    Oddly enough, while you'd think that they were doing this for rearward visibility it doesn't seem to be the case. In my CRX, at least, to actually see anything behind you you have to look through the sloped glass. That lower pane is only useful if you want to watch lane markings go by.

  19. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    I'm gonna shoehorn the Audi 100 (5000) Avant into this thread.
    <img src=""&gt;
    I know the rear screen doesn't drop below the window-line, but the botton section of the rear screen is basically vertical below that spoiler that bisects the screen on all models.
    The 200 Avant Turbo was also, for a while, the fastest production station wagon out there. Oh, and I like it. So there.

    1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

      Y'know, I knew there was an Audi with this feature.

  20. Katrin Avatar

    Many beginning real estate investors get started by flipping real estate to make quick cash. How often did the Estate Agent communicate with the buyer and did the agent cease negotiations with the buyer at any point in time. Some offer for sale signs, lockboxes, and other advertising tools when others don’t.

  21. European Beret Avatar
    European Beret

    Hooniverse? How did I get here? I was sitting on my box, in the bath…. I call it my bath sit box… when everything went all woozie. I thought it might be the last call…

  22. European Beret Avatar
    European Beret


    1. ptschett Avatar

      Very nice. Here’s a cat in a colander:

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