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Cars that can carry an upright bass.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by Axtman, Dec 23, 2016.

  1. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, Washington
    Well it looks I will be in the market for a new automobile. What cars will carry a 3/4 inch bass? (Of course a huge SUV and minivan will easily carry an upright and I am not really in the market for a large car.) I am more interested in a fuel-efficient smaller vehicle. Will a Toyota Prius or For Focus easily carry my bass? How about other smaller cars? Thanks!
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  2. Acoustic356

    Acoustic356 Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2014
    2 different methods

  3. I have no problem getting my bass into a 2015 VW Jetta. If I'm around town, it fits in the front seat like the video describes. If I'm on a longer drive with a passenger, I can still get the bass into the trunk with the back seats folded down. I just drove 1000mi that way to Boulder last weekend for a show at E-Town Hall. Had a passenger in the front seat both going and coming.

    I love the Jetta, but I'll probably go for a Subaru Outback for the next vehicle - mainly cause it's more roomy and I do live in a mountain state and play in Colorado now and again. My other 2 4wd vehicles get horrible mileage, so they aren't practical for those 1000mi trips to play in snow territory.
  4. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    This subject has been discussed a lot around here and a search will turn up a whole lot of options. I get mine and a 1x12 combo in the back of a FIAT 500 with the front seat clear for a passenger. When I bought the car I took my bass down to the dealer to make sure which caused no small amount of amusement with the sales staff especially when it fit easily.
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  5. jasonrp


    Feb 19, 2015
    I've easily put mine in a Chevy sprint and recently a Nissan versa. I'd think only a smartcar would be a problem
  6. The most horrible, have the best space LOL. Some like snoopy head maybe.
  7. jasonrp


    Feb 19, 2015
    I actually have a harder time fitting it in the cab of my truck than my car
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  8. Pretty much any hatchback will work as long as the seats fold down. I've had a Subaru Impreza and now have an Audi A3. No probs.
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  9. HateyMcAmp

    HateyMcAmp Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Denver, Colorado
    The Prius is a wonderful bass car. I drove from New Jersey to Colorado with my bass, a good chunk of my possessions, and a passenger. Day to day, loading the bass in and out is a breeze.
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  10. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Get a hatch back.
    I used a VW Golf HB for years.
  11. lurk


    Dec 2, 2009
    Honda fit
  12. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Queens, NY
    my PT Cruiser will easily fit a bass, an more. They are great for hauling gear, if you are in the market for a used vehicle.

    They do need to have been well maintained though, so inspect thoroughly before buying.
  13. DONZI97


    Dec 24, 2008
    Algonac Michigan
    I have a 09 Focus 4 door, fits good in it. Took a few try's to figure out optimal placement where I can see out the passenger window, blind spot, and not interfere with shifting, but it fits good.
  14. Leo Smith

    Leo Smith

    Oct 21, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Until recently I was driving and gigging with a 2009 Mini Clubman. A 7/8 bass fit in there without moving the front seats. Great driving car, VERY easy on gas (38-45 MPG), easy to park.

    Don't be afraid to take a bass to the car dealership to check the load before taking a test drive.
  15. madbanjoman

    madbanjoman Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    I own both a Prius and an Outback. The Prius can take the DB and one passenger. The Outback can take the DB, 3 passengers, amp, stools, stands and two banjos. Gas mileage on the Outback is pretty decent. I think 20/30 city/highway.
  16. ShadowImage

    ShadowImage Guest

    Jan 12, 2016
    Pontiac Vibe/Toyota Matrix have tons of room in the back with the seats down. I wonder why I wasted so much time driving a sadan.
  17. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    How are you liking the Audi? I drove an RS3 a couple of weeks ago and my initial impression was that it's a very good car.
  18. Any car with 4 wheels!
  19. YosemiteSam


    Jun 8, 2005
    Chatham, MA
    My Volvo C30 will carry both my 3/4 upright and a Fender Rumble 500 2x10 combo, with room enough for a bass guitar and bag of cords. Little tiny hatchback, but the rear seats fold down, and I always run it as a two seater.

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  20. WillieB

    WillieB Battling Bass Guitar Bulimia since 1975 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2010
    Columbus Ohio
    I put mine in my Honda Civic ... no problem ... and now a Honda CRV ... much more roomy and someone can ride in
    the front seat with me .... (GF)

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