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Any station wagons (non SUV) hold a bike upright inside?(19 posts)

Any station wagons (non SUV) hold a bike upright inside?Fez
May 19, 2003 1:28 PM
Will a stationwagon like Subaru Outback or Passat wagon or Volvo V70 wagon hold 2 55cm bikes inside upright with just the rear seats folded down?

Bikes will be mounted via fork mounts nailed to a block of wood.

Tons of SUVs will do it, but I wonder if a station wagon will have the height to do it.

Station Wagons Have Been Replaced By MinivansScot_Gore
May 19, 2003 1:42 PM
There are no full size station wagons left. Minivans have taken their role and it's what you need to meet your need. Only midsize and compact cars come in a station wagon anymore and I don't think any of them could take a bike upright into the cargo area.

My bike (56cm) dosn't have tons of spare room to the roof of my Pontiac Montana in the upright position with the front wheel pulled. It's a compact frame, so if I pulled the seat there might be more possibilities. I can't imagine a compact or midsize car even coming close to holding bike upright in any event.

The only non van, non SUV I can think of that might have a chance is Chrysler's PT Cruiser. Subaru Forester might be another good canidate, but that might qualify as an SUV in some folks mind.

Station Wagon is Coming Back!RJF
May 19, 2003 2:16 PM
I've been predicting it for years: the station wagon is on its way back. I've seen several news articles on this recently, and most major car manufacturers are adding them back to their line-ups.

Have no idea if any of them will hold a bike up-right however. I doubt it. I used to have an SUV, which is much taller vertically, and it the seat scraped the roof.
Honda CRV (nm)markkar
May 19, 2003 1:55 PM
CRV = SUVswvegg
May 19, 2003 2:00 PM
Buy a hearse. I've been looking all over for one.
re: Any station wagons (non SUV) hold a bike upright inside?My Dog Wally
May 19, 2003 2:05 PM
I can't put a bike in my Outback in the manner you describe. I have to lay it down.

- Dennis in Seattle
Honda Element might do it, but...Silverback
May 19, 2003 2:45 PM may depend on the frame size. I haven't found much but a van that will hold my 64-65cm frames.
Element is an enigma...Fez
May 19, 2003 2:59 PM
Definitely has the height to mount 55cm bikes upright.

But the overall length of the vehicle (especially behind the front doors) is very short. I think the tailgate may not close or the bars/frames may have to be twisted at an angle to fit 2 bikes inside.

And the Element is a 4 seater because the rear seat is slid as far back as Kristin's bike saddle. I think the rear seat is in between the rear wheelwells.

A practical car has to seat more than 4.

And I have a strong suspicion the chassis and engine are right from a CRV. I was hoping for something a little more roomy and practical.
Enigma? No mystery to it. It's ugly.newridr
May 19, 2003 3:33 PM
beyond uglyGazoo
May 19, 2003 7:03 PM
fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.
but is it uglier than themsmootsiemartin
May 20, 2003 5:47 AM
Pontiac Aztec?
NOTHING is uglier than that!!!Fez
May 20, 2003 5:58 AM
Isn't the Aztec the ridiculous car that had a fold out picnic table or something? It had a huge ad spot years ago on Survivor Australia. I think I recall Colby won some challenge and got to spend a night camping in that thing with his Mom.

Poor Colby. He was an "auto customizer" and he goes back home with that ridiculous looking car and Tina goes home with a million bucks.
re: Any station wagons (non SUV) hold a bike upright inside?biker
May 19, 2003 3:20 PM
I have a 2000 Passat Wagon and have hauled 2 mountain bikes and 2 road bikes horizontally in addition to all the baggage. It's not a big deal to go horizontal. It sure beats a SUV for mileage,cost and handling.
Saab 900 will do it.alansutton
May 19, 2003 3:38 PM
My 86 Saab 900 will hold 2 bikes side by side upright, with seats removed. I installed a rack inside my car for this purpose.
Check out the Mercury Sable Wagon (or Taurus)mhinman
May 19, 2003 3:57 PM
I have a 2000 Mercury Sable Wagon with a trailer hitch and a hitch mounted rack. It is definately the biggest wagon currently available on the market. The floor to the top of the opening is 69cm (27") and once you go in the ceiling opens up to 80cm (31.5"). BTW the Sable comes with one of the greatest features for group rides. The numeric keypad entry. I just throw the keys under the seat and lock the car, so I don't have to carry keys with me. I am a big guy (60cm frame) and I have kids (car seats etc) so the bikes have to ride outside.
Honda Accord wagonthe Phantom
May 19, 2003 4:49 PM
Discontiued in '98, due to return '04 model year. Excellent used car if you can find one.
Not really discontinued...Fez
May 19, 2003 5:45 PM
The Odyssey (current design) was so damn good that Honda decided not to go with an Accord wagon.

Am surprised that it will be back in 2004, since the Odyssey is so wonderful and is probably the hippest minivan out there.

And the Pilot (2wd or Awd) is yet another vehicle based on the Accord platform.

THe Accord wagon will have to carve out a niche for itself to be successful.
Station Wagonsroadrider
May 19, 2003 6:38 PM
Volvo 240 Wagon (nm)
Subaru Forester Maybe - station wagons are cool!! (nm)sidley
May 20, 2003 8:49 AM