2004 Toyota Prius: Storage Galore
June 04, 2010
The second-generation Prius has some of the most plentiful and useful storage areas of any car. The center armrest bin is absolutely enormous, the cupholders are generously sized and fold away nicely, and that hidden center compartment is perfect for an iPod (and a left-over taco as I discovered last night). You also get that split-level glovebox, in addition to a pretty useful hatchback trunk.
The new car is perhaps more stylish and its controls not reliant on the touchscreen (and hence easier to use), but some of that storage has been lost. One of the cupholders is now under the center armrest and note how the space between the seats is now covered by the jutting-out center console, therefore making it less useful for storing a purse. No, I don't have a purse (not counting my briefcase), but that open space is one reason why my mother has enjoyed her two CR-V's so much.
As such, I'd say the old Prius' emphasis on function over form was the way to go.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 66,666 miles