Folding rear seats are a common feature in most new compact and midsize sedans. Those segments, which include cars like the 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer and 2010 Ford Fusion, respectively, are also more likely to have a combination of manual transmission and folding seats compared with larger sedans.  

The Fusion may work for you, with its large trunk and standard folding seats. It also comes with a manual transmission standard. Our resident weekend athlete, editor William Jackson, said the Lancer also was workable, though it depends on the bike’s size. The best thing you can do is take the bike with you on test drives. 


Sedans aren’t best suited for carrying a bike. Hatchbacks, wagons or SUVs are still our favorite weekend athlete vehicles. When shopping for a sedan that can carry a bicycle, Jackson advises that you be on the lookout for characteristics like wide cargo openings, seats that fold as flat as possible and a wide pass-through where the seats fold.

While almost any sedan will work if you strip it down to the frame, our favorite weekend athlete mobiles make the job easier with much more cargo space. For 2010, we named the 2010 Honda Element the Best New Car for Weekend Athletes. And yes, it comes with a manual transmission.  

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on January 8, 2010 in Ford , Ford Fusion , Mitsubishi | Permalink

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