Can Nissan’s premium sedan swallow your bike?
– Detroit, Michigan
If you’re committed to a traditional three-box sedan you’re almost certainly going to make a few compromises in terms of cargo capacity versus a hatchback, wagon, or crossover. Hatchbacks may seem too youthful for the professional set, crossovers tend to trade driving dynamics and efficiency for the sake of ride height and all-wheel-drive, and the wagon has long been an endangered species in North America.
So for those hoping to balance their active lifestyle with an outwardly professional appearance bike storage can be a serious struggle. Passthrough from the trunk into the cabin is a pretty critical metric if you’re hoping to head straight from the office to the trail, and the size and shape of the aperture should be taken into careful consideration.
The Nissan Maxima’s trunk only measures out to 405 Litres (14.3 cubic feet), which doesn’t even compare favourably to Nissan’s own Altima at 436 L (15.4 cubic feet), but with it’s generous passthrough it still has an excellent shot at proving itself a bike-friendly car. So will it bike? Check out the video above to find out.