I once had the opportunity to drive a Honda S2000 up the twists and turns of the Angeles Crest Highway through the rugged San Gabriel Mountains. The experience was a barrel of monkeys but you know what was its most enduring takeaway? It was that the cabin in the little sportster offered about as much room as a Brazilian bikini. I mean, not to trot out a tired old trope, but you seriously need to get out just to change your mind. And forget about bringing along anything bigger than a pair of Wayfarers in the cabin because there’s just no room.
Innovations in automotive storage has been a competitive differentiator ever since the eighties. Maybe it had something to do with the rise of there being a Barista on every other corner, fostering the era of copious cup holders. Or, perhaps automotive engineers just started to have the time about then to focus on the efficiency of transporting both people and packages and not just how they were going to get anything more than 88 horsepower out of a 200-cid six and still make it clean enough to pass EPA muster.
Either way, cars today offer all kinds of eyebrow raising options for packing your stuff in them. As example, my daily driver has not just four cup holders but also room for four additional half-litre water bottles in the doors – storage that I’ve never used, but whose innovation I appreciate. What about you, whether in a car you happen to own or perhaps one you shined your pants on at an auto show, which car or truck do you think has the coolest storage feature?
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