CR’s 10 Small SUVs With The Most Cargo Space – Subaru Forester Is Now 5th Best

Does the 2023 Subaru Forester have the most cargo and luggage room in the compact SUV segment? SUV shoppers needing a vehicle to carry sports equipment, luggage, and cargo have many choices, but which models have the most usable cargo space? Among compact SUVs recommended by Consumer Reports, the Forester now ranks fifth best overall.

According to the latest study from Consumer Reports, some compact SUVs have narrow, short, or oddly shaped rear hatch openings and need more usable space. It’s not total cubic feet, but the volume enclosed by the SUV’s rear box gives consumers a better idea of the cargo you can fit in the back and still get the hatch door closed.

To make the Consumer Reports list, vehicles must come with active safety technology and get the highest safety scores. The 2023 Forester recently earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Last year, the 2022 Forester ranked third overall in cargo space. In the updated study, the Subaru Forester now has the fifth most functional cargo-carrying ability.

CR says, “The popular Forester delivers a satisfying combination of a roomy interior, excellent visibility, commendable fuel economy, simple controls, a comfortable ride, and responsive handling. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder CVT returns 28 mpg overall in our tests, among the best in class. But acceleration isn’t exhilarating, and the engine’s noise isn’t the most pleasant. The cabin is roomy, with a generous rear seat and easy access. Given its boxy shape, there should be no surprise that the cargo room is impressive: we measured 36.5 cubic feet of space.”

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