11 Compact SUVs With the Most Cargo Space in 2020
- Honda CR-V | 75.8 cu ft | For Sale
- Volkswagen Tiguan | 73.5 cu ft | For Sale
- Jeep Wrangler 4-Door | 72.4 cu ft | For Sale
- Subaru Forester | 70.9 cu ft | For Sale
- Nissan Rogue | 70 cu ft | For Sale
- Toyota RAV4 | 69.8 cu ft | For Sale
- Ford Escape | 65.4 cu ft | For Sale
- Chevrolet Equinox | 63.9 cu ft | For Sale
- GMC Terrain | 63.3 cu ft | For Sale
- Mitsubishi Outlander | 63.3 cu ft | For Sale
- Hyundai Tucson | 61.9 cu ft | For Sale
Key: Vehicle | Max cargo space in cubic feet | Used listings
1. Honda CR-V
- Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 75.8 cu ft
- 2020 Base Price: $26,170 (including destination charge)
The CR-V not only has more maximum cargo capacity than all of its rivals, but it also has 39.2 cubic feet behind its rear seats, which is impressive for the class. In addition, it has an attractive interior, roomy seats for five people, and well-balanced driving dynamics.
The CR-V returns good fuel economy and comes standard with a full suite of advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named it a 2020 Top Safety Pick.
2. Volkswagen Tiguan
- Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 73.5 cu ft
- 2020 Base Price: $25,965
The Tiguan is one of the few compact SUVs to come standard with a third row, though it’s only really suitable for kids. The 3-row Tiguan has 12 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 33 cubic feet behind the second row, and 65.7 with all seats folded down.
To get the most cargo room, you have to choose the range-topping 2-row SEL Premium R-Line, which comes standard with all-wheel drive (AWD) and starts at nearly $40,000. It has 37.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats.
The Tiguan is an IIHS 2020 Top Safety Pick and comes with plenty of standard safety and convenience features. It delivers a comfortable ride, but its lone engine lacks adequate power and returns below-average fuel economy.
3. Jeep Wrangler 4-Door
- Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 72.4 cu ft
- 2020 Base Price: $33,290
To get a Wrangler with competitive cargo capacity, you have to choose the 4-door model. The 2-door Wrangler only has 32 cubic feet of total cargo space with its second-row seats folded down. The 4-door model has 32 cubic feet behind its rear seats, in addition to plenty of head- and legroom in both rows.
The Wrangler isn’t upscale, refined, or comfortable to drive, but it’s a beast in off-road situations. It has two powerful engine options, standard four-wheel drive, and user-friendly infotainment features, but no standard ADAS features.
4. Subaru Forester
- Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 70.9 cu ft
- 2020 Base Price: $25,505
Like the Honda CR-V, the Forester is a great choice for families since it has 35.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats. Sure, its maximum cargo capacity is excellent as well, but many people will be using the area behind the seats on a more regular basis. It’s also important to note that while most Forester models have 70.9 cubic feet of total cargo volume, the base model has 76.1, which is more than any vehicle on this list.
The Forester features spacious seats, standard AWD, and an IIHS 2020 Top Safety Pick+ designation. It comes standard with straightforward infotainment technology and an entire suite of ADAS features. The Forester gets impressive gas mileage, but its engine power is merely adequate.
5. Nissan Rogue
- Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 70 cu ft
- 2020 Base Price: $26,395
The Rogue is about halfway down our list since other compact SUVs have more maximum cargo capacity. However, this Nissan boasts more room behind its rear seats than any other vehicle in the class, at 39.3 cubic feet. The Rogue also has a high-quality cabin with generous passenger space and supportive seats in both rows.
The Rogue is an IIHS 2020 Top Safety Pick. It’s packed with standard driver-assist technologies and has an easy-to-use touchscreen infotainment system.
6. Toyota RAV4
- Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 69.8 cu ft
- 2020 Base Price: $27,070
Toyota completely redesigned the RAV4 for 2019, and it has a bit less cargo space than in its previous generation. Still, it has a sizable 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second-row seats. Its cabin is composed of high-grade materials and there’s ample room for adults in both rows.
The RAV4 receives 2020 Top Safety Pick honors from IIHS and comes equipped with a full complement of driver-assist systems. Its touchscreen interface is intuitive and responsive, and its 4-cylinder engine is capable and fuel-efficient despite the lack of a turbocharger.
7. Ford Escape
- Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 65.4 cu ft
- 2020 Base Price: $26,130
The Escape was completely redesigned for 2020. It gets a host of new standard ADAS features and a new lineup of engines, but it has less cargo space than the outgoing model. You’ll find 33.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats, which is still good for the class.
The Escape’s interior isn’t as upscale as rivals’, but it has enough room for taller adults in both rows of seats. Other notable strengths include its engaging overall performance, fuel-efficient base engine, and solid crash test ratings. It’s an IIHS 2020 Top Safety Pick.
8. Chevrolet Equinox
- Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 63.9 cu ft
- 2020 Base Price: $24,995
The Equinox has 29.9 cubic feet of space behind its rear seats, which is enough room for most families’ luggage. Its interior is well-constructed and practical, though there’s a lot of hard plastic. Most adults should have enough room in the rear seats. The Equinox has two fuel-efficient turbo-four engine options, but the base engine is weak for the class.
The Equinox is reasonably priced and loaded with desirable standard features, including a user-friendly touchscreen, smartphone connectivity, and several key ADAS features. The IIHS designated it as a 2020 Top Safety Pick.
9. (tie) GMC Terrain
- Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 63.3 cu ft
- 2020 Base Price: $26,195
The Terrain is the Equinox’s corporate cousin, so they’re built on the same platform and similar in many ways. The GMC has the same engine options and the same amount of passenger space as the Chevy, and only marginally less cargo room – 29.6 cubic feet behind the second row.
The Terrain has a more upscale cabin, more standard niceties, and a longer list of driver-assist features than the Equinox. However, it’s more expensive and it’s not an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
9. (tie) Mitsubishi Outlander
- Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 63.3 cu ft
- 2020 Base Price: $26,090
The Outlander has the same amount of overall cargo volume as the Terrain. It’s the only compact SUV aside from the Volkswagen Tiguan to come with three rows of seats. However, the third row is tight, even for some children. The Outlander has 10.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and 34.2 behind the second row.
The Outlander struggles to compete against most classmates due to its unimpressive powertrains, uncomfortable seats, unsettled ride, low-grade interior, and dated feature set. It does, however, return good gas mileage, tow more than some rivals, and earn an IIHS 2020 Top Safety Pick designation.
11. Hyundai Tucson
- Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 61.9 cu ft
- 2020 Base Price: $24,690
Despite being the least expensive compact SUV on our list, the Tucson features a healthy assortment of standard features, a long warranty, and a well-built interior. It’s not as roomy as many compact SUVs, but both rows can accommodate adults. The Tucson has 31 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which is less than many competitors, but enough for vacation luggage.
The Tucson comes equipped with forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, driver monitoring, and a user-friendly touchscreen infotainment system. Neither of its engine choices is very energetic or fuel-efficient.
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How We Ranked These Vehicles
Some compact SUVs have enough cargo volume behind the rear seats for a whole family’s luggage. If you’re buying an SUV to transport the family, it makes sense to make sure it will also fit everyone’s gear. Folding the rear seats down in some compact crossovers more than doubles the available space. The Honda CR-V can fit a twin size mattress with the seats folded down. With more than 70 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume, you can move a sizable load of stuff.
We’ve ranked these compact SUVs by their total cargo space with the seats folded down. In addition, we provide information about how much space is available behind each row of seats, as well as overall passenger accommodations. To help you decide which SUV is the best fit for you, we also highlight each vehicle’s key standard features and primary strengths and weaknesses.
All the vehicles on our list of compact SUVs with the most cargo space are 2020 models, but some haven’t been redesigned for a few years, so you can save money by buying a used version. If you decide to buy a used vehicle, be sure to search Carfax’s Used Car Listings. In addition, check each vehicle’s Carfax Vehicle History Report.