The photo here shows one of the two bikes that we transport in a safe and secure manner in a 2011 Matrix. The distance between the floor and the handlebar stem is 23". The other bike belonging to my neighbor has the handlebar stem height about an inch higher. Both bikes have the same rear wheel size (26.5"). In the Matrix I have 6" of clearance between the rear ceiling and the top of the handlebar stem. I have already taken this same bike to the dealer to test in a C-HR while just placing the bike on the carpet of the rear of the C-HR hatch (no false plywood floor, no bike fork adapter); the bike just barely cleared the slanted rear hatch door. The dealer then suggested removing the C-HR carpeted rear floor panel and that I make a smaller plywood floor to rest on top of the spare tire, allowing me to gain at least another half inch of clearance. At the same time I remember looking at a Corolla HB and just by using a tape measure, I concluded that the bike would probably not fit in the Corolla, but I hope to re-confirm this measurement when I return to the dealer next time with my neighbor's taller bike.With both cars, you’re not going to be able to haul two bikes with the rear seats down vertically as you want. I just measured the clearance between the trunk floor and the lip of the hatch area. It's about 26.5" at the tallest part. I think it's about 25 to 26" on the edges as the opening tapers down.
Thanks for posting.How come you're resistant to putting on a tow hitch and using a platform bike rack? It makes things so convenient. Easy loading and don't have to mess with taking any of the wheels off. The bike rack I have allows me to tilt it away to gain full access to the trunk even with the bikes loaded on the rack.
I would rather hope that the D-CVT on the HB would be more reliable. I think the HB recall only concerned the torque converter.Not saying the CVT used in the HB is going to be any less reliable, but there was that recall on some of the early run 2019 HBs on the CVT trans and the torque converter.
If you have the time, in this video they disassemble a 2013 Nissan CVT (JF015E) and part way through (22 minutes) they get to a clutch assembly which controls the forward/reverse drive to pulley (variator) number 1 through the use of a planetary and sun gear set which gets activated by the valve body hydraulic pressure.Not sure what you mean by clutch plates as a CVT does not have one.