CNET editor Wayne Cunningham found a novel way to test trunk capacity for car reviews: climb on in. Here is a selection of the many car trunks he explored.
2009 Audi S8
The S8 was the first car where I thought it might be worth getting into the trunk. The trunk was so large, and the hatch opened so far, that it seemed obvious to climb in and spend a little time checking e-mail on my iPhone.
The Focus being one of the smaller cars in Ford's lineup, I thought it worth checking out the cargo area. Its depth helps improve the capacity. Of course, this is the hatchback version. The sedan would have been less comfortable.
Honda's Crosstour is a sort of crossover version of the Accord, complete with all-wheel drive and a hatchback. It was not difficult to get into the cargo area of this car, and given the height of the gate, it might even make a reasonable tailgater.
There's nothing like riding in one of Mercedes-Benz's top luxury cars, but I would take the cabin over the trunk. The CLS550 is Mercedes-Benz's four-door coupe, so the rear of the roofline drops dramatically, affecting trunk height.
Similar to the Smart, the Scion iQ was a car I wouldn't have expected to fit into. But the iQ continually surprised our staff with its flexibility. Not only could I fit in the cargo area, but we actually got our video crew, four adult men, to fit in the seats.
The new Prius v model boasts expanded cargo capacity over the standard Prius, so I had to test it out. And yes, it was quite easy to sit in the cargo area. But that should come as no surprise, since Toyota fits a third row in the Prius v in some markets.
Standing up in the back of a utility van should be no trouble, but the Transit Connect is smaller than most, built for maneuvering in the urban jungle. Even with its small size, I could nearly stand upright.