2016 Toyota Prius: Open Wide
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on September 8, 2016
I didn't have any pieces of plywood or large automotive parts to really test the limits of our long-term 2016 Toyota Prius' cargo capacity over the weekend, but that didn't matter. When I opened the hatch to load up my running gear, it was clear to me that the Prius was designed with cargo in mind.
Check out how wide that hatch opens! You certainly won't hit your head if you're loading something in the trunk or folding down the rear seats. It also makes the trunk a great place to sit down, wipe the sand off your feet after a day at the beach and relax.
When I showed this photo to Sadlier to get his opinion on the widemouth hatch, the first thing he said was, "Man, that car is hard to look at," but he agreed with me that it seemed like a generous opening. He was concerned about the hatch hitting a garage ceiling, but I let him know about the well-tuned gas shocks that enable variable opening heights. The Prius gets a gold star in the practicality column, styling opinions notwithstanding.
Travis Langness, Automotive Editor @ 4,925 miles