Is it just for the aesthetics/aero/frunk, or does the crush/crumple zone actually need to be that long?
The [Model X and Y](https://cdn.motor1.com/images/mgl/RvPBg/s1/model-y-third-row.webp) could have a more comfortable third row had they extended the cabin further into the hood space, all while maintaining the same footprint. Plus, a shorter hood allows for better visibility of the road, both for the driver as well as the autonomous driving system (especially on poor roads, snowy conditions, and for seeing kids/animals in front of the car). Not to mention, shorter cars are easier to maneuver and lead to fewer parking/parking lot accidents.
Examples of short/no hoods: [Zoox autonomous car](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrqV_sm0lLQ), [Chevy Bolt EV](https://electrek.co/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/09/2022-Chevy-Bolt-EV.jpg), [Nissan Leaf](https://media.ed.edmunds-media.com/nissan/leaf/2020/oem/2020_nissan_leaf_4dr-hatchback_sl-plus_fq_oem_1_1600.jpg).
Hell, the [Canoo](https://www.youtube.com/shorts/BYg7njuFbtg) can have 3 rows of seats AND a trunk, **AND** is 6 inches shorter than a Prius’s length (180 inches) **which is already a super compact car!**