Economic and Spacious
The double bass may be the biggest pain-in-the-butt instrument to have to haul around everywhere. It usually means you will need your own car, and that car is going to have to fit the double bass in the back. As owning a car becomes more and more expensive, the double bass player is not left with a lot of choices when looking for an affordable car.
As a bass player I struggled with finding a car for a long time, but after some lengthy research, I narrowed down my list to five cars that weren't gas-guzzling SUV's. These five cars got good gas mileage, and they had a good starting price for a new vehicle... and of course, they could fit a double bass in the back.
1. The Honda Fit
The Honda Fit is a small compact car with a nice hatchback included for the bass to get in the back with. The seats fold down nicely, and the headstock of the bass will reach in towards the front seat of the car, but it should not be intrusive.
This car got great reliability ratings and a high safety score as well. It gets excellent gas mileage, and it has more space in the back than what you would think just by looking at it.
The ride is a little bumpy and noisy but it is economical. Based on 37 reviews in 2012, the Honda Fit ranked 1st in affordable small cars.
Starting Price: $15,325 new
Gas Mileage: 27 mpg city/33 mpg highway
2. The Hyundai Elantra Hatchback
The Hyundai Elantra is going to be the nicest car on this list in terms of comfort and spaciousness. The luxuries that come with this car cost a little extra, but it doesn't make this car unaffordable.
This car gets excellent gas mileage, and it is also a very smooth ride if you don't like to get bumped around too much. It also scored well on safety and reliability.
The double bass fits into this vehicle easily if you get the version with the hatchback. I haven't tried to get a double bass in this vehicle without a hatchback, but I assume it can't be done.
Starting Price: $16,695
Gas Mileage: 29 mpg city/40 mpg highway
3. The Ford Fiesta Hatchback
The Ford Fiesta is going to be the cheapest car on the list. The hatchback model, the one that you will be able to fit the double bass into, is only a little more expensive than the sedan version.
The car has an above-average reliability score, not a fantastic one, but it does have a high safety score.
The Fiesta was ranked the number two most affordable small car for 2013. It gets excellent gas mileage, it has a high-tech-looking interior, and it has the option of having a voice-activated information system.
Starting Price: $14,200
Gas Mileage: 29 mpg city/39 mpg highway
4. The Toyota Matrix
This is another car with a built in hatchback trunk, perfect for fitting the upright bass in the back with ease. The most unique feature about this car, when compared to other cars listed, is the option of all-wheel drive. That may be important to you if you have to deal with driving around in the snow, or other forms of bad weather on a regular basis.
This car did have some issues with making noise, but safety scores were high and the reliability score was also good.
Compared to the other cars on the list it accelerates well and has probably the most engine power, along with the Hyundai.
Starting Price: $18,845
Gas Mileage: 26 mpg city/32 mpg highway
5. The Mazda 2
The Mazda 2 is also very cheap, being priced in between the Fit and the Fiesta. It also comes with a hatchback, and it can easily fit the double bass in the back.
This car has an above-average reliability score and a high safety score.
It has a little less cargo space than the Honda Fit, but it does get slightly better gas mileage. This car is also the most fun to drive out of these cars; it's not that fast but it does have a little zip to it.
Starting Price: $14,530
Gas Mileage: 29 mpg city/35 mpg highway
It all comes down to your personal preference. All five of these cars are excellent, affordable, safe, and economical choices for hauling your double bass around. I ultimately ended up choosing the Mazda 2 because I wanted a cheaper priced car, and I was willing to sacrifice some extra seat space in the back. I wanted the little extra gas mileage, too, and the car was a lot of fun to drive around.
I probably would have been happy driving any one of these cars, to be completely honest, but again it all comes back to personal preference.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Glenn from Greater Burlington, Vt on March 01, 2018:
I will swear by my 2015 Fit.
I was reluctant to buy one, but because it was a Honda, I did, and it's been super.
Average mileage 36 - 37 mph, and my 6 spd. is super fun.
Also, it's a great winter car when you put good snows on it.
We also find that the hatchback and fold down seats make it a very functional vehicle.
Deb on August 21, 2014:
I currently have a Mazda 3 -bass fits if you don't mind driving with the neck up front between the driver and passenger. Looking for a new vehicle now and having a hard time. Thanks for the info.
Music-and-Art-45 (author) from USA, Illinois on September 11, 2013:
Sounds like a good deal. I haven't seen a passat wagon in awhile.
Mom of bass player on September 01, 2013:
we had a used passat wagon that we bought for 8000 and it was great- fit the bass, a passenger in the front AND a passenger in the back because the seat and a split fold down- 1/3 and 2/3. (the back seat) I wish we could find another one....
Music-and-Art-45 (author) from USA, Illinois on September 25, 2012:
Hello John thanks for reading and commenting. I'm sure this is a rarely thought about thing when purchasing a car, but it was something I thought about a lot. Glad it was useful.
John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on September 24, 2012:
Very intuitive and insightful hub. Wow...again, you took it down to where few people would have thought of bringing it down to - useful hub! Very useful for people carrying around big instruments like the bass.
Music-and-Art-45 (author) from USA, Illinois on September 10, 2012:
That's unfortunate, mini-coopers cost a pretty penny, too. It's hard to find the right car for the bigger, bulkier, instruments.
weFTL on September 10, 2012:
I have a friend who spent his savings on a Mini, only to find that his equally expensive cello, simply would not fit...