Hidden compartments in vans? Here’s where to find them
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Trucks usually don’t have trunks, but there are more and more places to hide your trash in today’s vans.
In an effort to maximize the utility of their trucks, automakers have engaged in a growing arms race to find new places to add storage on and inside them.
Things went well beyond dual glove boxes and under-seat lockers.
Here are some of the smartest solutions designers have come up with in recent years:
Like a stuffed-crust pizza, Ram has packed the sides of his pickup beds with leak-proof lockable boxes he calls the RamBox that can carry everything from tools to cold drinks.
CHEVROLET SILVERADO SEAT BACK STORAGE
The rear seatbacks of the Chevrolet Silverado not only provide lumbar support, but also open to reveal two small compartments inside.
RIVIAN GEAR TUNNEL
Rivian took advantage of the extra space provided by its electric pickup’s unique flat frame to install an 11.6 cubic foot tunnel-shaped trunk between the cab and the bed accessed by doors on either side.
REVIEW: THE 2022 RIVIAN R1T IS A GAME-CHANGING TRUCK
HONDA RIDGELINE INTEGRATED TRUNK
The Honda Ridgeline features a car-like unibody construction with independent rear suspension that allowed its designers to fit it with a trunk integrated under the cargo bed floor that is easily accessible through an opening tailgate like a door.
FORD F-150 LIGHTNING MEGA POWER FRUNK
The electric Ford F-150 Lightning shares its boxy body with the rest of the F-150 lineup, but reuses the engine compartment with a 14.1 cubic foot trunk under an electric hood.
REVIEW: THE 2022 FORD F-150 LIGHTNING IS A POWERFUL PICKUP
CHEVROLET COLORADO TAILGATE STORAGE
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The upcoming 2023 Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup may not be the biggest truck, but Chevy has found a new place for owners to store their stuff by incorporating a 45-inch-wide compartment in the tailgate that locks when the tailgate is closed.