Subcompact SUVs are notoriously small, but some have more space than others, particularly when it comes to cargo room.
Some subcompact models emphasize design, perhaps seeking a more sporty appearance, at the sake of hauling capability. Other models are just plain diminutive in stature.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the five worst subcompact SUVs for cargo space. And some models that may be a better fit for you.
1. Toyota C-HR: 36.4 cubic feet
By our findings, the C-HR is the smallest mainstream subcompact crossover offering. It’s more of a raised hatchback than SUV. And with no all-wheel-drive option, the C-HRs SUV cred takes a further hit.
The C-HR emphasizes bolder lines with a steeply sloped rear window over cargo space. The model does offer 19.0 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up.
2. Fiat 500x: 39.3 cubic feet
This cargo volume number is a bit deceiving. The 500X’s sloped roofed line requires 60/40 split rear seats. But the vehicle’s movable floor can be lowered for more space.
If cargo space is more of a priority for you, consider the 50.8 cubic feet its sibling model, the Jeep Renegade offers.
3. Mazda CX-3: 44.5 cubic feet
The CX-3 goes for a more eye-catching style, with less cargo room than even a Mazda3 hatchback. The rear seats are also cramped. On the positive side, the CX-3 is fun to drive and fuel-efficient.
4. Hyundai Kona: 45.8 cubic feet
The Kona has 19.2 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats, nearly as small as the C-HR.
On the positive side, the Kona has a folding load floor that hides a storage compartment. That compartment can be removed to free up more space and aid in loading taller cargo.
5. Chevrolet Trax: 48.4 cubic feet
The Trax is even smaller than the CH-R behind the rear seats, with 18.7 cubic feet of cargo room. On the positive side, there a few small-item storage compartments in the cabin and the front passenger seat folds flat for added flexibility hauling long stuff up to 8 feet long.
Other Small Cargo SUVs
Other SUVs under 50 cubic feet of cargo space include the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. To learn more about models, check out our article on the worst subcompact SUVs.
On the spendier side in the subcompact luxury SUV class with prices closer to $30,000, neither the MINI Cooper Clubman and Buick Encore offer much room. Each model has less than 50 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. But that’s to be expected from a MINI.