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Yakima Roof Basket Review - 2018 Toyota Yaris

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Review of the Yakima Roof Basket on a 2018 Toyota Yaris


Hi, everyone. Aiden here with each etrailer.com and today we're gonna be taking a look at the Yakima OffGrid Cargo Basket here on our 2018 Toyota Yaris. Now we've got the three-door version of the Yaris today and it's a small car, even the five-door version is pretty small, and having something on the roof like a basket is going to really help maximize the space you have available to you, whether you're going on a road trip or you're just carrying some dirty cargo that you maybe don't want stinking up the inside of your vehicle, it's gonna really help having all this space on the roof. And unlike a rooftop box, a basket has the ability to stack things a bit higher. You're not so constricted by the space within the box. So long as everything is strapped down properly and is within the weight capacity.

Speaking of which, it does have a weight capacity of 165 pounds, but be mindful of your roof rack weight capacity, and the weight capacity of your roof. You wanna go with the lowest rated component there just so you're not overloading anything in this whole setup. Now with the off grid, I like it a lot. I think it's actually a good fit on this car. We have done some other roof baskets today that haven't fit the best, but I like the way this one works.

You've got these nice divider bars up top. So you can move these around, and you can actually segment your cargo a bit. Or if you want to, you can just remove 'em entirely. It's really up to you. Then you do have a nice square shape here.

So as far as the way this roof rack is set up, it's pretty narrow with the crossbar spread, and it's a pretty small vehicle. So I feel like it fills out the space really well. It's not extending super far over your windshield. It's not gonna interfere with your view, and it's easy to access from all sides. So I really like that.

As far as some usable space goes, I do wanna grab my tape measure here, and we can get some side-to-side in front to back measurements. So for that side-to-side, we are gonna be working with about 38-inches of width. That's inside edge to inside edge. And for the front to back, it's actually open on the back. So if you do have maybe like a cooler or something overhanging a little bit so long as it's strapped down, and held in, you should be good. And if you want to, you can take off this front bearing here, and maybe have some longer items like some lumber or just anything elongated you can have that run through here, strap down into the basket. So I think that'll be really nice. It does stick up a fair bit. From the top of the roof rack, you're adding about seven inches, which isn't much. Again, it's a short vehicle. So I don't think you're gonna really have any sort of issues there. And with the way this whole clamp system works, they slide along these tracks on the roof basket. So with the crossbar spread, it's easy to get everything sized up, and fitting really well. Overall, I think if you're gonna go with a roof basket, the OffGrid is a really good fit for the yards here, and I like how it works. It's got some really nice features with the cargo segmenting, and I think it's gonna just work out overall really well. Thanks for watching..


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