This thread would be more useful if it grouped cars into 3 classes:
1) Those in which you can secure the bike inside, standing up, with both wheels on
. E.g., Honda Element, Ford F-150 supercrew, most vans, etc. If you can't roll it in and drive off, it doesn't make this group!
2) Those in which you can secure the bike inside with the front wheel off
, but the bike seat straight UP
and fork set in a fork lock (e.g., a Honda Fit believe it or not).
3) Those in which you can secure the bike inside with the front wheel off
and the bike laying down
. This is the least desirable option and describes many of the vehicles on this thread.
I have a 2010 Honda Element with 110,000 miles on it and am wondering what I'm going to do when it is no longer highway trustworthy. I've looked at the Ford F-150 and but it's too much vehicle for my everyday use and I don't want a VAN. I may have to look at Group 2 vehicles for the next car.
2006 Volvo V70... bike laying down, both wheels on. Can load a couple of gear bags around it, but if it's a long-weekend road trip, pulling the front wheel gives me more flexibility for a couple more bags (soft-sided, haven't tested how stable a roller bag would be on edge.)
By next spring I'll be over 200K on that ride and looking for a replacement... wondering if the V60 will have the right cargo footprint, or if I'll be in CVT hell with a Subaru Outback. Doing my damnedest to keep the roof height low, i.e. no SUV/minivan BS. Anyone else in this class of vehicle?