Can the Model ≡ trunk fit our fantasies?

It’s no wonder the US is a repeat gold medalist in the 500-meter worry. We’ve shifted seamlessly from range anxiety to space anxiety. Some people are bummed that the Model ☰ has a trunk instead of a hatch. The payoffs, of course, are copious rear seating and a panoramic rear window that almost nobody on earth has experienced yet. But regardless of the rewards, some people feel just plain robbed, imprisoned, by that trunk — and the frunk be damned.

George Carlin, anyone?

Sure, some folks may have a legit beef because they regularly carry a large, essential item that simply won’t fit in a trunk, even with a pass-through to the rear seats. But TeslaMondo thinks most complainers simply find it vogue to bemoan a restriction — any restriction — on their allegedly “full” lifestyles.

Before TeslaMondo writes any more about this trunk issue, it’s time for a quick check on the context. First, Model ☰ is obviously a home run, so second-guessing any part of it is moot. Second, a crossover based on the ☰ platform is warming up in the on-deck circle. It might be warming up for quite some time given the response to the ☰, but still . . .

Back to the issue. This comes down to America’s uneconomical way of life. We waste space, period. The best example? The average American home size grows while our space needs shrink:

  1. Family size is not growing.
  2. Elaborate computer work stations are getting replaced by laptops, tablets or even smartphones.
  3. Entertainment centers stuffed with VCRs, DVDs, CDs etc. are getting replaced by wall-mounted wafers.
  4. Families don’t eat meals together anymore, so kitchens and dining rooms do nothing but enshrine previous generations. They’re Brady Bunch fantasies.

We need less living space than we had while growing up, but insist on more. Apartments? Same thing. We’re never satisfied. A teensy apartment in the US is gigantic elsewhere. And even these bigger living spaces don’t pass muster. We’re overflowing with absolutely essential stuff that ends up in off-site storage, an industry that can’t grow fast enough.

Naturally, we drag this superfluity into our cars. We overestimate the amount of stuff we need to take with us. And then we compound the error by overestimating the space required for that stuff. TeslaMondo speaks from two decades of auto dealership experience. When people trade in their old cars, they have no idea what’s in their trunks or why it’s all there. But somehow it all needs to move into the new car.

When we weigh our car purchases, we weigh our lives. It’s a humbling self-assessment. Rather than face a reality that doesn’t measure up to the adventurism pushed by TV ads, we tend to inflate our travel range, our entourage and our “gear.” If we were dogs, we’d be a tiny breed that doesn’t roam very far and needs very little paraphernalia, yet barks constantly for a longer leash and a bigger doghouse.

Hence our range anxiety and space anxiety. It’s a notable irony that the Model ☰, which embodies Tesla’s hard-fought economy of scale, must now overcome some people’s ineconomy of space. What, the word “ineconomy” doesn’t exist? Economy of language sometimes requires custom words.


8 thoughts on “Can the Model ≡ trunk fit our fantasies?

  1. Evjuice says:

    It is not the space, it’s the access to it.

    Had never had a hatchback until the Model S showed the world a big sedan could still be cool without a standard trunk. Thrilled to downsize the spacious beautiful MS to a more real-life sized car but my back is not happy with the prospect of heavy loads (the kind that it takes only once to damage the car’s face when leaning way over to reach in the frunk) needing to pass through a horizontal slot to store and retrieve. Tesla engineers are the best in the world. A hatchback seems like child’s play considering what they have accomplished to date.


  2. purrpullberra says:

    The sedan/crossover/hatchback issue is one that could go away. I’d rush the Y into design immediately. I’m wonder how many people with deposits would choose a ModelY if either could be chosen and the Y were as desirable as the 3, S & X. I’d have put down a second deposit but others might choose Y over 3. Part of me wants Tesla to explore that because I hate the idea of waiting as long as they did to get serious about the X.
    Tesla should be able to get the Y going without compromising the schedule of the 3, they have the money. And could/should get more cash. Strike while the iron is hot. An attractive crossover introduced like the 3 was within a year could get total deposits to 1,000,000. That helps finance the new engineering team and gigafactory expansion and Fremont expansion(?).
    Or do they invest in the mining companies they signed on with to help push those facilities into production ASAP? I want to hear about the raw materials since they are really the key, well, besides money and demand.


  3. Dan says:

    It’s not “space” as much as the utility of that space. My big dog can fit in a small hatch. I would never put him in a trunk!


  4. Dan says:

    That being said, if the parcel shelf could be removed when needed, the hatch itself becomes a non-issue.


  5. AgMS85 says:

    I agree with this based on my lifestyle. I frequently find my model S under utilized and why I’m looking forward to the model 3. Don’t disagree with Dan that it’s also about access and utility but I don’t have an issue with the model 3 configuration. While we (family of 4) do take regional trips in the S, longer trips are by plane or SUV, so we don’t need large amounts of space.


  6. Anon says:

    I find it odd that my $17k VW Beetle, has far more cargo utility than a $35k M3.

    Rather than rush Model Y into production to fill this void, just change the roof and rear bracing to allow for a hatch like the Model S. Rear headroom be damned. Call it the Model 3C (Cargo) varient, and make it an option.


  7. […] too, as people wonder about Tesla’s casual vow to enlarge the trunk opening so we can fit our fantasy lifestyles […]


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