Best Toyota roof cargo box

Best Toyota roof cargo box

You’re looking for the best Toyota roof cargo box? You were probably confident in the interior space of your Toyota Sienna when you purchased it. You assumed that there would be enough storage space for your future use. However, when you took your Toyota Sienna on a road trip with your family or friends, you discovered that there was insufficient space to store your luggage and gear. Then, this article will show you how to deal with the awkward situation.

A cargo box has everything you need for a road trip with your family or friends, while a roof box provides plenty of interior space for your belongings, sports gear, and camping gear. As a result, you can bring everything you need to maximize your vacation’s relaxation and happiness.

Top 5 Toyota Roof Cargo

There are a variety of roof boxes on the market for various purposes, so you should learn some basic knowledge about roof boxes to ensure that you make the right choice. We have written an article about why you need a roof box, and it contains enough foundational information for you to make an informed purchase decision.

We’ve listed five cargo boxes for your Toyota Sienna, along with their specifications. They are completely compatible with your Toyota Sienna, and you will save time looking for one.

  1. Thule Motion XT XXL Cargo Carrier
  2. Yakima Carbonite Skybox Car Roof Box
  3. SportRack Horizon XL Cargo Box
  4. Inno Shadow 16 cargo box
  5. Thule Force XT Car Roof Box

Rooftop Cargo Box Buying Advice when Purchasing Toyota Roof Cargo Box

Vehicle Dimensions and Hatch Clearance

The first step in choosing a Toyota roof cargo box is determining the maximum length of carrier that your vehicle (or vehicles) can support. Importantly, the box should not be much longer than your car’s roof—a box that extends over your windshield (front or rear) will impair your visibility and have a negative impact on aerodynamics (see below). Second, and especially if you drive an SUV, wagon, hatchback, or van, make sure the back end of your box doesn’t interfere with your rear hatch opening or antenna.

Fortunately, finding a good fit without “trying on” multiple models is simple: simply measure the distance between the front crossbar of your roof rack and your open hatch and compare it to the cargo box’s specifications (both Thule and Yakima have published helpful fit guides). To increase your length, move the front crossbar as far forward as possible.

Dimensions and Cargo Box Carrying Capacity

Next, determine the type and general size of equipment you intend to transport. For the most part, these versatile carriers are ideal for storing bulky outdoor equipment such as skis and poles, fishing rods, and camping and backpacking supplies. And the list goes on: maybe you’re carrying golf clubs, a stroller or baby carrier, or even construction and gardening equipment. With your cargo in mind, you’re ready to select the appropriate size box. There are a number of factors to consider here, including volume and length. This is also where you should think about whether you need a low-profile design (for low-clearance areas) or a half-width box (to make room for a bike or kayak, for example).

Volume of a Rooftop Cargo Box

Toyota roof cargo box is available in various sizes, which are typically measured in cubic feet (length x width x height). The options on our list range from 8 cubic feet (the Thule Sidekick) to 22 cubic feet (some of Thule’s XXL designs) (the Motion XT and Force XT). We recommend a box in the 16- to 18-cubic-foot range for most users, which should hold overnight camping gear for three to four people. If you’re sizing up, you’d better have a fairly good reason for doing so. Keep in mind that bigger isn’t always better: larger rooftop boxes are more expensive, heavier (more difficult to install/remove), and create more drag, which reduces gas mileage and road noise.

Interior Dimensions

Although not everyone is concerned with the length of their cargo box, it is an important consideration for skiers and snowboarders. Because rooftop cargo boxes are so popular for transporting snow equipment, most manufacturers specify the length of ski (and sometimes the number of pairs) that each model can accommodate. The Yakima SkyBox 12 Carbonite, for example, can fit skis up to 215 centimeters in length, whereas the Thule Motion XT L can fit 3 to 5 snowboards and 5 to 7 pairs of skis up to 175 centimeters in length.

If you want to transport bulky items like strollers (height also matters), gardening tools, or climbing stick clips, the length is also important. Finally, keep in mind that the length specification measures the box at its longest point, and it’s a good idea to look at the shape of the box as well, as tapered ends and contoured bases can result in a lot of lost space.

Designs with a low profile and a narrow (half-width) width

Most rooftop cargo boxes add 15 to 18 inches to the height of your vehicle, but if you frequently navigate city parking garages or park your car in a garage or carport, a low-profile design may be preferable. Low-profile cargo boxes are typically 13 inches or less tall (Thule’s “Alpine” sizes fall into this category), with particularly streamlined models like the INNO Wedge 660 adding only 9.6 inches of bulk above your vehicle’s crossbars. They not only have lower clearance, but they are also more aerodynamic in general, resulting in slight reductions in drag and wind noise. And, whether you choose a standard-height or low-profile box, confirm the final dimensions of your vehicle to avoid any potential disasters in confined spaces.

If you intend to transport additional equipment on your roof rack, such as a kayak or bike, you should consider a narrow or half-width design. When compared to a standard box, 24-inch-wide models like the Yakima SkyBox 12 Carbonite and Thule Force XT Sport save a foot or more in width, allowing you to use more of your rack (an average crossbar measures about 50 in. wide). The main downside in selecting a narrow model is less overall storage—the aforementioned Force has a small 11-cubic-foot capacity—and they’re often fairly long, which can lead to compatibility issues with a rear hatch. They are, however, a very functional option for the right user.

Access to the Cargo Box: One Side, Dual Side, and Rear

Rooftop cargo boxes are made up of a sturdy base that connects to the vehicle’s roof and a clamshell lid that opens via hinges on both ends, allowing you full access to the contents inside. The picks above include three main styles: one-sided (usually the passenger side), dual-sided, and rear access.

The best carriers have dual-sided access with a handle and lock on both sides, allowing you to open the box from either the driver or passenger side of the vehicle (but not both at once). This adaptability comes in handy whether you’re parked on a busy street or need to find something in the far corner of a large box. On budget models, one-sided and rear access is more common—Pulse Thule’s opens on the passenger side, while the SportRack Vista XL is accessed from the back. Consider the limitations of a design with one-sided or rear access before choosing it, as these styles are less convenient for organizing and reaching your gear (and, in the case of a rear opening, you’ll probably have to close your hatch to snap the handle).