All our charging tests are grouped into sectors

All our charging tests are grouped into sectors

I’ve now been running luggage tests since late 2019, which amounts to an awful lot of cars at this point. Most of these tests are still valid because, as you’ll see below, relatively few of them have been replaced by a new generation or model (at least for now, obviously). I thought it was time to put it all on one central page divided into sections, rather than relying on a simple chronological tag page.

For newcomers to the series, all of the tests below use the same set of six bags to measure the cargo capacity of various new cars. That’s certainly a lot of luggage considering that’s what was in my garage in 2019. The main goal is to see how those bags fit inside the cargo area or trunk of the vehicle in question. In the case of three-row vehicles, the test includes the number of bags that can fit behind the raised third-row seat. In some cases, I turn to a bunch of extra items from my garage to fill them in when the standard set leaves a lot of extra space.

My main observation after doing all this testing was that doing this was surprisingly helpful. The manufacturer-provided cargo volumes, reported in cubic feet, are inconsistent with what exactly is measured (to ceiling? to back of seat? other?) and aren’t really comparable between body styles. These luggage tests provide a standardized and realistic comparison between vehicles even if they are not scientific.

The tests have been divided into different vehicle segments, with some vehicles in multiple categories. This includes a separate and redundant EV category since people often shop in different body styles. The car that is present in every part and capable of carrying the largest number of things is photographed and highlighted.

Small SUV | Compact SUV | Mid-sized SUV

Small luxury SUV | Luxury compact SUV | Mid-sized luxury SUV

Three-row crossover SUV | Traditional three-row SUV | Three-row luxury SUV

Compact sedans | Mid-size sedans | Luxury sedans

Hatchback | Gigs

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Electric car

Best test result in its class: Ford Bronco Sport

Small SUVs

Buick Invista

Chevrolet Trailblazer

Chevrolet Trax

Ford Bronco Sport

Honda HR-V

Hyundai Kona (first generation)

Hyundai place

Kia Niro hybrid, PHEV and electric

Kia Seltos

Mazda CX-30

Nissan Kicks

Subaru Crosstrek

Volkswagen Taos FWD

Best test result in its class: Kia Sportage

Compact SUV

Dodge Hornet R/T

Ford Escape

Honda CR-V

Hyundai Tucson

Kia Sportage

Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-50

Mitsubishi Outlander

Nissan Rogue

Subaru Forester

Subaru Outback (yes, it’s a wagon, but it’s usually shopped with it)

Toyota RAV4

Toyota Venza

Volkswagen ID.4

Best test result in its class: Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class

Compact luxury SUV

Audi Q3

Audi Q4 e-tron

Mercedes-Benz EQB

Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class

Range Rover Evoque

Volvo XC40 recharging

Best test result in class: Acura RDX

Luxury compact SUV

Acura RDX

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Audi Q5

BMW X3 with spare tire

Genesis GV70

Infiniti QX55

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class (2016-2022)

Volvo XC60 recharging

Best test result in its class: Toyota 4Runner

Mid-sized SUV

Ford Bronco 2 Door

Ford Bronco 4-Door (includes comparison with Wrangler)

Jeep Wrangler 4 doors

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Subaru Outback (yes, it’s a wagon, but it’s usually shopped with it)

Toyota 4Runner

Best test result in its class: Toyota Grand Highlander

Three-row crossover SUV

Ford Explorer

Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot (2016-2022)

Hyundai Palisade

Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Kia Sorento

Kia Telluride

Mazda CX-9 (2016-2023)

Mazda CX-90

Mitsubishi Outlander

Nissan Pathfinder

Subaru Rise

Toyota Grand Highlander

Toyota Highlander

Best test result in its class: Jeep Wagoneer

Traditional three-row SUV

Chevrolet Tahoe (GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade)

Ford Expedition (Lincoln Navigator)

Jeep Wagoneer

Toyota Sequoia

Best test result in its class: Land Rover Defender 110

Mid-sized luxury SUV

Audi Q8 e-tron Sportback

Land Rover Defender 110

Lexus RX (2016-2022)

Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

Porsche Cayenne “Coupe”

Range Rover Sport

Best test result in class: Grand Wagoneer, but among three-row luxury crossovers, Lexus TX.

Three-row luxury SUV

Cadillac XT6

Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Lexus TX

Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

Volvo XC90

Best test result in its class: Honda Civic

Compact sedans

Honda Civic car

Hyundai elantra

Mazda3 (compared with sedan, hatchback and CX-30)

Best test result in its class: Honda Accord

Mid-sized sedans

Honda Accord

Honda Accord (2018-2022)

Hyundai IONIQ 6

Hyundai Sonata

Toyota Camry

Subaru Legacy

Volkswagen Passat (last generation)

Best test result in its class: Lucid Air

Luxury sedans

Acura TLX

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Audi e-tron GT

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

BMW 3 Series (compares 330e and gas-only versions)

Cadillac CT4

Cadillac CT5

Genesis G70

Clear air

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan

Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan (it’s technically a hatchback, so that’s there too)

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Polestar 2 (it’s technically a hatchback, so that’s in there too)

Best test result in class: Mercedes EQS, but in traditional hatchback terms, Subaru Crosstrek/Impreza

Hatchback cars

Acura Integra

BMW i4

Ford Mustang Mach E

Honda Civic hatchback (including Type R)

Honda Civic Hatchback (2017-2021)

Hyundai IONIQ 5

Hyundai place

Let’s EV6

Mazda3 (compared with sedan, hatchback and CX-30)

Mercedes-Benz EQS “sedan”

Polestar 2

Subaru Impreza/Crosstrek

Subaru Impreza/Crosstrek (2018-2023)

Toyota Prius

Best test result in its class: Subaru Outback

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Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

Subaru Outback

Volvo V60 Cross Country

Compare Volvo V90 and V60

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Acura NSX (1991 with Motocompacto)

Aston Martin Vantage

BMW 4 Series Convertible

Chevrolet Corvette

Ford lighting

Ford Mustang

Ford Ranger Super Crew

Honda Odyssey

Honda Ridgeline

Hyundai Santa Cruz

Lexus LC coupe

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Cargo Van 170 inches

Porsche 718 Cayman

Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86

Toyota Supra

Best electric car test result: Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

Electric car

Audi e-tron GT

Audi Q4 e-tron

Audi Q8 e-tron Sportback

BMW i4

Ford Mustang Mach E

Hyundai IONIQ 5

Hyundai IONIQ 6

Let’s EV6

Kia Niro Electric

Clear air

Mercedes-Benz EQB

Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan

Mercedes-Benz EQS Sedan

Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

Polestar 2

Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra

Volkswagen ID.4

Volvo XC40 recharging

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