The auto show is a place where you see not only how new cars look, but also how people look at these cars. In particular, for that big storage space at the rear of your car seems to be a single concern: is it there and is it big enough?
Since I’m the guy who looks for value in any spot and any corner of that expensive nice looking motorized big box, I noticed a few things to consider when walking around your next car and opening the trunk.
– Does the trunk lid pops up and opens all the way by itself? This comes useful when you return to the car with both hands busy with heavy bags and you can barely push the remote in your pocket or squeeze it in your hand.
– Does it open up high and forward enough not to hit its edge or – of course – the latch with your forehead? Dropping or lifting something heavy in/from the trunk makes one bend forward, just enough, in most cases, to hit the opened lid. I am sure you noticed the trunk lid latches being wrapped in tape for the auto show. There is another reason, besides not to be closed by a zealous visitor…
– Can you easily load the trunk without hitting or scratching the bumper? Or without tearing the weather seal?
– How high do you actually need to lift the luggage to be able to put it in?
– Does the finish of the interior of the trunk and lid match the styling (and price) of the car?
– Do the hinges offer a nice detail and are they easy to clear of ice and snow (for those who will use the car in such conditions)?
– Is the trunk floor easy to clean?
– Is the trunk floor strong enough? Let us not forget that most cars will have a flimsy panel placed above the spare tire compartment, which looks strong but may bend, sag or even break under heavy load.
– Is the night light bright enough and well placed (didn’t think about this, did you)?
– Is the height of the interior space as large as what it appears to be when you open the trunk? Many cars will have a thick rear deck due to speakers, ventilation or structural parts, which takes few inches from the visible height at the top edge of the opening.
– Can you reach all the way inside the trunk?
– Keep in mind that the floor of the trunk is deeper than the top of its space, because the back rest of the rear seats is tilted backwards. This will prevent tall boxy luggage to be pushed all the way inside the trunk.
– More importantly, how do you (plan to) organize that trunk? Do you do shopping with that car? Do you usually carry a lot of stuff around? If it is a sports (or “sporty”) car, surely nothing will stay put in its trunk and you do not want to ruin an exciting driving experience because something in the back may break, spill or tip over.
– Can you easily reach up and close the trunk all the way down with one hand? You will be surprised how many models do not let you do this.
– How do you grab the lid to close it? Is there a handle on the inside face of it? Do you need to push down on the shiny, clear-coated exterior face of the lid? Not only you will leave palm prints in the fine dust on that body panel, but you will get dirty on your hands on any rainy or snowy day.
Any other concern?