Best Small SUVs for Traveling With Luggage

These compact models have the most cargo room, according to Consumer Reports' tests

The Honda CR-V is among the best small SUVs for traveling with luggage.

Automakers tout the family-friendliness of their SUVs, particularly how much room there is for sports equipment, luggage, or other cargo. While they highlight the overall luggage capacity in cubic feet, not all of it is necessarily usable space. Having a lot of space doesn’t do much good if the cargo opening is narrow, short, or oddly shaped. 

Consumer Reports’ auto experts evaluate cargo room differently. For SUVs, we use an expandable rectangular pipe-frame “box.” We enlarge it enough to just fit through the rear opening and extend it into the cargo bay as far as possible without preventing the hatch from closing. Cargo capacity is the volume enclosed by that box. This gives consumers a better idea of the cargo they can fit in the back, whether it’s luggage for a trip or a big-screen TV coming home from the electronics store. (Learn more about how Consumer Reports tests cars.)

Below, we’ve identified seven compact SUVs that have the most usable cargo room based on this testing process. They are ranked in order of cargo room in cubic feet, with the top performer first. Note that not every vehicle is recommended. This may be because of below-average reliability or a too-low Overall Score.

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