Great point! Thanks, didn’t realize that. On my Packard the latch bolt is locked when the inside door handle is in lock position, so you can’t close the door. The Pierce is more convenient in not having that bang when someone inadvertently pulls the handle back to lock when closing the door, and the doors can be locked from the outside without crawling over the back seat to lock the rear doors and slide to exit out the passenger side to lock the drivers door.
On the other hand, the Packard has positive confirmation that the latch is fully engaged when you pull the handle to lock, important to me for suicide doors.
A bit concerned on my Pierce, I have gone through 4 iterations now to get the doors aligned and one rear (suicide) door still requires a bit of a push to fully latch.