2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Tidy Storage Nooks
August 26, 2011
In order to preserve the environment, several communities in Southern California have recently banned grocery stores from supplying plastic shopping bags. Some places also instituted a ten-cent charge for a paper bag. That means that shoppers now have one more thing to schlep around in our cars.
I'm a big believer in keeping a tidy car interior, lest I become that person who drives around in what looks like a recycling center. I don't like the idea of having bags flopping around on the back seat or in the trunk -- particularly in a hatchback. So I scouted the Juke for places in which I'd store a collection of grocery bags if this car were my everyday driver.
The front-door pockets are the first logical place for bag storage, but in real life, they'd probably fill up with an antique CD or two, tissue packets, a change pouch and maybe an old-fangled map. Three folded bags also would also fit in the glove compartment -- until the service records took over.
After more inspection, I decided that the perfect place would be the three niches under the lift-up trunk floor. I don't know what they're really meant for, but they make great grocery-bag caddies.
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor, @10,971 miles