How To Maximize Cargo Space and Fuel Efficiency
When a vehicle is designed to be fuel efficient, one of the first trade-offs is decreased cargo space. Adding a car top cargo carrier increases your cargo space, but it also lowers your vehicle’s gas mileage.
Our suggestion for maximizing cargo carrying space while maintaining your fuel efficiency would be to use a Rightline Gear Cargo Saddlebag. Our Cargo Saddlebag increases the cargo capacity of your vehicle by 13 cubic feet. Since it sits behind the vehicle in the slipstream, it does not have the same impact on fuel efficiency as a car top carrier does.
While the Prius is not listed in our Carrier Fit Guide as a recommended vehicle for the Saddlebag, it fits well on a standard Prius, as you can see below. The saddlebag would fit even better on a Prius V since it has a more vertical hatch. The saddlebag will also work this way on any other hybrid with a rear hatch.
The saddlebag attaches quickly and easily to your roof rack. If your vehicle does not have a roof rack, using our Saddlebag Car Clips keeps the saddlebag securely attached to your hatch.
If you have any other questions, or clever cargo carrier uses, let us know.