2016 Toyota Prius: Does the Extra Large 29er Mountain Bike Fit?
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on July 11, 2016
Luggage and suitcases are all well and good. What I want to know about the 2016 Toyota Prius is this, can it haul my Giant extra-large mountain bike with big 29-inch wheels or not?
It's got a hatch, which is a strong start, but its roofline has been drastically lowered for 2016. And it's not a particularly large car to begin with. This was no slam-dunk.
In hindsight, it was. The big bike fit in easily. All I had to do was flop down the rear seatbacks, remove the cargo cover and lift the bike in tail first. That part was easy thanks to a wide hatch opening and a low liftover height. And the cargo area is long enough that I didn't have to compromise the position of either of the front seats.
I had to remove the front wheel, of course, but I expected that going in. The important thing is I didn't have to drop my bike's seat post from its normal riding position.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 3,356 miles