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One tricky thing about owning an oversized instrument: it influences harpists' buying decisions when it comes to vehicles. If you're wondering what cars will accommodate a pedal harp (and still have room for you), have a look at the list below. Good news, however–you would be very surprised how small of a car will work! Key features you're looking for:

  • Hatchback trunk
  • Front seat flips forward

Don't see your car on here? This list is by no means complete and needs more of your content! Add your car now! Also, if you have a very small car, we would love to see your packing configuration. Post a picture of your harp in the gallery below.

Also, if you have any other sage advice for packing or buying a car in general, feel free to add your thoughts.

List of Pedal Harp Cars

Make Model Year Harp(s) Notes
Audi A6 Salvi "We have an Audi A6 as a family car. My Salvi just fits in there." –Ingrid Beerda
Chevrolet Captiva 2007 Salvi Daphne 47 SE
Chevrolet Traverse 2009 Venus Diplomat Has plenty of room to lay the harp in with the harp cart laying flat between the base of the harp and the back door
Chrysler Pacifica 2019 Lyon & Healy Style 11 The back seats fold down, which left plenty of space for my concert grand pedal harp, bench, dolly, and gig bag. We filled the excess space with blankets and a rolled up yoga mat to prevent the harp from sliding.
Citroën Grand C4 Picasso 2014 Lyon & Healey 'Chicago'
Dodge Grand Caravan 2011 Salvi Diana I have been loading it on the column and have space for driver, two passengers and all my gear. We found maintenance cost to be high on this minivan.
Ford Escape 2013 Venus Diplomat Fits the harp but is a little tight, and the driver's seat can't sit all the way back. It may not work for people taller than 5'10".
Ford Focus (Hatchback)
Ford Galaxy "I use a Ford Galaxy to transport my daughter's Pedal harp. The seats fold flat and there's room for her stool too."
GMC Envoy "I have a GMC Envoy that fits everything- harp, stand, chair and gig bag. Love it!"
Honda Odyssey Lyon & Healy Style 23 Fits the harp easily. The back row folds down flat, and you can fit the harp and all your gig stuff and even have 3 passengers. Wonderful harpmobile.
Honda Pilot Lyon & Healy Pedal "I own a Lyon & Healy semi-grand pedal harp and the Honda Pilot is perfect for transport of a harp when you want to have extra passengers/space. You can either put it flat with the passenger and 2 jump seats on the sides up for a total of 4 people. Or, you can place it up and down in the jump seat row, and carry 6 people! Ample floor and trunk space for bags, seat and stand."
Jeep Commander "We have a Jeep Commander and my monster harp and a smaller one will fit in it as well as the harp cart, music stand, Bench , string/ music case and one extra person and maybe a Violin or a flute but not both." –Charles Hooper
Mercedes Vaneo "I use Vaneo. Fits 1 concert grand + 3 people (driver + 2), chair and stand."
Mitsubishi Colt "My duet partner gets 47 string harp in a Mitsubishi Colt." – Emma Graham (@tillymary) April 8, 2015
Peugeot 508SW "A Peugeot 508SW works great!" – José Antonio Domené (@joseantdomene) April 8, 2015
Subaru Outback 2009 Lyon & Healy Style 15; Troubadour L&H 15 Fits with stand, and dolly; Troubadour fits with passenger in back seat.
Subaru Forester 2019 Lyon and Healy style 30 L&H 30 fits with dolly and stand and bench. A Salzedo would fit too, I'm pretty sure. While lying flat, the harp base has to be pushed towards the passenger side.
Toyota Highlander Lyon & Healy Salzedo Via [Harps, Etc. blog]
Toyota Prius V Lyon & Healy Salzedo Via [Harps, Etc. blog]
Toyota RAV-4 Lyon & Healy Salzedo/

Style 23

Via [Harps, Etc. blog]/

The 2017 gasoline Rav4 fits a L&H Style 23 on its side with space for all your gig stuff and a front passenger.

Toyota Sienna Lyon & Healy Salzedo Confirmed via [Harps, Etc. blog]
Toyota Venza Lyon & Healy Salzedo Via [Harps, Etc. blog]
Toyota Yaris "Smallest car I've fit a 47string straight soundboard harp is Toyota Yaris. Fits 1harp + 1harpist. Great if you don't want gigantic car." – Nana Sotirova (@nanaharp) April 8, 2015
Volvo Station Wagon

V50

Lyon & Healy Style 23 "Fits in a Volvo XC70 with room for friend. I've had a 2002 and a 2004. The body style and cargo room has stayed the same for years so I'd expect any XC70 to fit a full concert grand." - Sara Corry March 20, 2016
Citroën DS5 Camac- Athena Fits well with harp trolley and carries 3 person in a car!
Toyota Matrix Lyon & Healy Style 85 Fits the harp, harp cart, a stool (but probably not a bench), a music stand, but no extra people. The passenger seatbelt buzzer goes off for the first few minutes and then gives up.
Honda Fit 2016 Lyon & Healy Tight fit, room for harp and driver and a couple pages of sheet music.
Subaru Forester 2019 Lyon & Healy 23 The newest redesigned Forester fit my Lyon & Healy like a gem. No need to adjust the front seats at all. (I'm told the 2019 model is slightly longer than the previous generations.) Great vehicle if you want a small-sized SVU. Room for the dolly and music stand too.
Volvo XC60 Camac trianon47 fits the harp well with harp trolley + bench . Carries 3 person
Honda Element 2003 Lyon & Healy 23 The Element fits the full-size harp perfectly. The harp must be stowed on its column and pushed in between the front two seats. Because the harp is vertical, there's tons of room on either side for other items. Too bad they stopped making the Element in 2011.
Mazda CX-5 Lyon & Healy Style 30/23 One harp, gear and harpist, or just harp, driver and passenger, might be a bit tight for driver as you may need to have the seat all the way to the front
Mazda 3 Hatchback 2015 Lyon & Healy Style 30/23/ One harp, gear and harpist, or just harp, driver and passenger, might be a bit tight for driver as you may need to have the seat all the way to the front.

Can also fit Camac Little Big Blue and Aoyama Etude 47

Mercedes Benz GLC 2017 Camac-Canopee One harp, one bench, one harpo, wooden music stand, carries 2 person
Lexus RX300 2018 Salvi-victoria gold Fit perfectly including harp trolley, and a bench
Toyota Alphard 2016 Lyon healy style 23-gold and style 11 gold fits two pedal harps!
Nissan Rogue (S) 2018 L&H 85E Tight fit with dolly, stand, and bench. Lies flat on its side, and may be able to squeeze in one additional passenger.
Volkswagen Golf 2019 Camac Little Big Blue Fits harp comfortably with gear, great for gigs, will be tight as seat must go all the way forward
Toyota Wish 2009 Aoyama Monarch Fit perfectly one concert grand and one lever harp
Jeep Wrangler 2017 L&H Style 23 & Venus Penti Fits ONE harp great with plenty of room for dolly, stand, seat, an extra passenger behind the driver and I can squeeze up front in the passenger seat if needed (3 people total). Our 2015 Jeep Wrangler is the same way.
Proton x70 2021 Lyon Healy style 85CG Fit perfectly one concert grand
BMW X7 2021 Lyon & Healy Louis XV special perfect and spacious
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