By Sara Lacey
Finding a car that can accommodate all the gear that goes with your hobbies and sports is a tall order. An especially tall order is a sedan that can handle inflexible skis and poles.
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Most cars can’t accommodate skis without using a roof-top or hitch-mounted rack. Racks have several downsides: They’re noisy; they can damage a car’s finish if not installed with care, and dropping skis or a snowboard on the rooftop also can cause harm; they also affect fuel efficiency.
In Colorado, where I live, and neighboring states, the skiing season continues into April. I wanted to find out while there’s still some skiing left to be had if a sedan can handle snow skis without a rack. Adding to my curiosity is the fact that skis have changed sizing, weight, and height by getting a bit shorter but wider since the good ol’ days. However, sedans are getting longer. Is there hope for us skiers to travel with our gear?
To find the answer, I tested the trunk space of four sedans to see how they would fit the length of my snow skis. The cars vary a bit in size, but this should give skiers an idea about how much room is in the trunk for gear. My skis are K2 Lotta Luv 156, which measure 156 centimeters (about 61.5 inches) long.
Let’s look at the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 sedan first. It has 12.6 cubic feet of trunk space. Will the skis fit?