2016 Toyota Prius: Does the Board Fit?
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on April 29, 2016
In this installment of "does the (pick your random object) fit?" I attempt to squeeze a stand-up paddle board into the cabin of our 2016 Toyota Prius. The board measures 9-foot-2 and when stood up on end, exceeds the limits of our blog's photo-cropping requirements.
When it comes to body design, the Prius prioritizes aerodynamic efficiency, which is why it continues to sport that distinctive hatchback-style silhouette. This fourth-generation model is Toyota's slipperiest shape to date, improving its drag coefficient from an already low 0.25 to a slightly lower 0.24. This, in theory, translates to less energy (i.e. fuel and/or battery juice) required to maintain a given speed on the road, due to less overall wind resistance.
As a bonus, this shape also bodes well for interior cargo volume, with 24.6 cubic-feet of it behind the rear seats and a wide-opening hatch with which to access it all. The rear seats easily fold flat and the headrests also slide out without any special tricks or tools if needed.
To accommodate the bulky SUP board I needed to do both, but was pleasantly surprised that I still had visibility out of the rear hatch once everything was loaded. The convenience and security gained from being able to store something in the cabin, versus on a roof rack, earns the Prius a whole tray of brownie points in my book.
Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor @ 1,160 miles