2014 Toyota Prius Real-World Cargo Space


Compared to its midsize sedan hybrid competitors, the Toyota Prius hatchback's cargo space is a winner with 21.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the folding backseat, a feature some sedans lose in their transformation to a hybrid. Throw in a 50 mpg combined EPA rating and it's easy to see why the purpose-built hybrid is so popular.

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The original Prius fits in the middle of the current Prius lineup that includes the smaller Prius c and wagonlike Prius v. See how well common cargo items fit in the Prius' cargo area below.


Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

By Joe Bruzek | August 28, 2014 | Comments (3)



I'm not impressed. Put ALL those items into the trunk and we'll talk!


I own both a regular Prius and Prius V, and while the cargo area is big, the reality is that there's an underfloor cargo area in both Prius and Prius V that accounts for 5-6 CuFt, meaning that the usable cargo area for everything in the picture is really only about 16 CuFt if you stuff everything to the glass hatch. Compare that to an Accord/Camry that has 15CuFt and you can see out the rear window.


One good thing about the Prius V is that you can slide the rear seats forward, so you can still have rear passengers (albeit with less legroom) and increased cargo space. It's nice on road-trips where the cargo area is packed, but you can slide the rear seats forward and then put them at full recline, something you couldn't do if the rear seats didn't slide forward.

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