5 small cars with the most cargo space
Which car has more cargo space? When shopping for new and used sedans, cargo space is definitely a factor. Trunk space may not be the most important consideration when shopping for a car, but you want a vehicle that can offer convenience and flexibility.
Cars.com has reported in the past on how we can be tricked into our car’s cargo space. But, for actual freight, these numbers are pretty accurate. Check out the five small cars with the most storage space and compare vehicle cargo space among these sedans and coupes.
5. The 2021 Ford Mustang Coupe has 17.0 cu. ft of trunk space
Want a luxury muscle car, but don’t want to give up convenience? The 2021 Mustang Mach 1 Premium offers a tidy 17 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, as measured by Cars.com. If you’re shopping for a used Ford Mustang, go ahead with confidence knowing it can fit a good amount in the trunk.
4. The Honda Civic sedan has up to 18.8 cu. ft of cargo space
There were two different Civic models that were listed on Cars.com. The 2022 Civic Touring sedan was measured with 18.1 cubic feet of cargo space, and the 2020 Civic Touring sedan allowed up to 18.8 cubic feet of trunk storage space. This means that the 10th and 11th generation Civics offer cars with plenty of storage space.
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3. The 2020 Nissan Sentra sedan has 18.8 cu. ft of trunk space
Cars.com measured the 2020 Sentra SV Sedan and found it to be one of the sedans with the most cargo space, offering 18.8 cubic feet of storage space. This tied the 2020 Sentra to the 2020 Civic, so either of those used cars would be a flexible option if you need solid trunk storage. The Sentra doesn’t have the biggest trunk among sedans, but that’s impressive for a compact.
2. The 2021 Hyundai Elantra sedan has 19.0 cu. ft of cargo space
The 2021 Elantra SEL Premium topped Cars.com’s list of small sedans with the most storage space. 19.0 cubic feet of measured cargo space gives you plenty of room for luggage, prams, pet supplies or groceries. The Elantra also sees up to 35 mpg combined, making it one of the few cars with great cargo space and good gas mileage – what more could you want from a sedan?
1. The 2020 Toyota Corolla has 19.1 cu. ft of trunk space
The Corolla is one of the smallest sedans with the most cargo space. This compact sedan boasted 19.1 cubic feet of cargo space in the fully loaded 2020 Corolla XSE, which is surprising for a car of this size. The large cargo space of the Toyota Corolla makes it one of the best rental cars, as it can easily fit several suitcases or duffel bags.
How to determine cargo space
Note that all of these figures above differed from the figures of the manufacturer’s suppliers, sometimes dramatically. Every car on this list had more “real world” cargo space than the numbers offered by the automaker. This list would be in a very different order depending on the manufacturer’s specifications versus the actual measured specifications.
However, that’s because they were measured in very different ways. How is the cargo space of a car calculated? Typically, automakers use the Society of Automotive Engineers industry standard J1100 to measure storage area in vehicles, and it may differ from other measurements.
Try not to compare apples to apples numbers. When shopping for a car, it doesn’t hurt to bring a tape measure and maybe a suitcase for the ride to measure the cargo yourself.
Cars in this listing were measured using Cars.com’s own measurement system and may not represent all makes and models available. Cars.com is measuring more cars and adding more numbers all the time.
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