COMPACT SUVS WITH THE BIGGEST TRUNKS

Compact crossovers and SUVs are extremely popular in today's domestic vehicle market, with the most popular model being the Toyota RAV4. This makes sense, too, as they have the best blend of car-like driveability and practicality. They allow for both the daily commute to work and weekend excursions to the campground or lake without problems.

One of the most important aspects of an SUV for most families is its ability to haul a lot of stuff, so which compact SUV on the market can hold the most? Below, CarBuzz will take a dive into exactly that. We're going to take a look at some compact SUVs currently on the market with the largest cargo capacity.

Models featured in this write-up were researched and sourced from individual manufacturer websites. Engine specs were taken from Automobile-Catalog.com. We included both the minimum cargo capacity with all seats up, and the maximum capacity with all the seats down.

Infiniti QX50: 31.165.1 Cu. Ft.

Model Details

Starting Price

$42,350

Base Engine

2.0-Liter Turbocharged Inline-Four

Horsepower

268 HP

Torque

280 LB-FT

Max Towing Capacity

3,000 Pounds

The first model featured on our list is the Infiniti QX50. As many may already know, Infiniti is Nissan's luxury brand, so the QX50 shares some of its DNA with the Nissan Murano. The QX50 has been around since 2007 and has sat in the compact crossover SUV slot since. Its cargo space, while the smallest on our list, is still adequate for any hauling needs. Thanks to its Murano roots, the QX50 can handle a maximum of 65.1 cubic feet of stuff, plenty of room for this weekend's baseball game.

Ford Escape: 34.465.4 Cu. Ft.

Model Details

Starting Price

$29,495

Base Engine

1.5-Liter EcoBoost Inline-Three

Horsepower

180 HP

Torque

199 LB-FT

Max Towing Capacity

3,500 Pounds

Next up is the Ford Escape, which has recently undergone a major redesign as of 2023. The Escape has been an extremely popular model in Ford's SUV lineup since its introduction in 2001, sitting below the Ford Edge and above the Ford Bronco Sport in Ford's currently-offered lineup. With prices starting at $29,495 for an entry-level grade, it's a little bit more expensive than other mass-market compact crossover SUVs like the Hyundai Tucson. However, if you do go for an Escape, you can take full advantage of the Escape's 65.4 cubic-foot cargo space.

Toyota RAV4: 37.569.8 Cu. Ft.

Model Details

Starting Price

$28,675

Base Engine

2.5-Liter N/A Inline-Four

Horsepower

203 HP

Torque

184 LB-FT

Max Towing Capacity

3,500 Pounds

One of the shining stars of today's compact SUV range is the Toyota RAV4, a model that's seen widespread popularity since 1994. Now, 30 years later, the RAV4 still shares the same penchant for reliability and practicality. Not to mention, it's backed by Toyota's relentless drive for reliability, so owners can rest easy. These days, you can pick up a new RAV4 for just over $28,500 with a 2.5-liter inline-four, 203 horsepower, and a maximum of 69.8 cubes of cargo space.

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Volkswagen Tiguan: 37.673.4 Cu. Ft.

Model Details

Starting Price

$30,305

Base Engine

2.0-Liter Turbocharged Inline-Four

Horsepower

184 HP

Torque

221 LB-FT

Max Towing Capacity

1,500 Pounds

The only German SUV to make our list is the Volkswagen Tiguan. While not a very popular choice in the States, it still boasts a respectable amount of practicality for its size. However, it is on the more expensive side, with a starting price of $30,305. For the money, you receive a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four which puts out 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, and a maximum towing capacity of an underwhelming 1,500 pounds. Cargo space is above average, coming in at 73.4 cubic feet.

Kia Sportage: 39.674.1 Cu. Ft.

Model Details

Starting Price

$27,090

Base Engine

2.5-Liter N/A Inline-Four

Horsepower

187 HP

Torque

178 LB-FT

Max Towing Capacity

2,500 Pounds

Kia's Sportage compact SUV hasn't seen the same level of notoriety the RAV4 or Ford Escape has enjoyed, but that doesn't mean it's far less capable. Kia has had its fair share of troubles over the past decade, mainly relating to engine issues, so some are leery of going for a new Kia. However, Kia does offer one of the best warranties in the business, which can take some of the anxiety out of owning a Sportage. It may be worth it, as well, to take advantage of the 74.1 cubes of cargo space.

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Nissan Rogue: 36.374.1 Cu. Ft.

Model Details

Starting Price

$28,320

Base Engine

1.5-Liter Turbocharged Inline-Three

Horsepower

201 HP

Torque

225 LB-FT

Max Towing Capacity

1,500 Pounds

The Nissan Rogue is a relatively new nameplate for Nissan, having only been around since 2008. Since then, it's become the brand's best-selling model, surpassing even the Nissan Altima sedan. It's easy to see why, too, as it boasts a great amount of space, a well-received ride, and good styling. These days, you can pick up a brand-new 2024 model for just over $28,000 with a turbocharged three-cylinder engine capable of over 200 horsepower. You'll also enjoy a maximum of 74.1 cubes of storage space.

Honda CR-V: 39.376.5 Cu. Ft.

Model Details

Starting Price

$30,100

Base Engine

2.4-Liter VTEC Inline-Four

Horsepower

190 HP

Torque

179 LB-FT

Max Towing Capacity

1,500 Pounds

Nearly as popular as the RAV4, the Honda CR-V gets a spot on our list, as well. It's on the more-expensive side with a starting price of $30,100. However, Honda's fastidious dedication to building reliable vehicles has spanned decades, so it's natural to assume the 2025 CR-V will continue that trend wholeheartedly. With the CR-V, you'll also be granted bragging rights, as you can tell people you've got yourself a VTEC engine. Not to mention, 76.5 cubes of cargo space on tap.

Hyundai Tucson: 38.780.3 Cu. Ft.

Model Details

Starting Price

$26,900

Base Engine

2.5-Liter N/A Inline-Four

Horsepower

187 HP

Torque

178 LB-FT

Max Towing Capacity

2,000 Pounds

The compact SUV with the largest amount of cargo space in 2024 is the Hyundai Tucson. To add to the Tucson's allure, it's also the cheapest SUV on our list, meaning you don't have to pony-up for more space. It's easy to see, then, why the Hyundai Tucson is the best-selling Hyundai in the United States. On top of those two facts, the Tucson comes with a well-reviewed 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated inline-four which produces 187 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. While you won't be winning any drag races between traffic lights, you will be enjoying your best-in-class 80.3 cubic feet of storage space.

Sources: WalserHyundaiCoonRapids.com, Automobile-Catalog.com

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