The Hyundai Tucson was once one of many smallest compact SUVs, however not any extra. With the Venue and Kona now beneath, it has leapfrogged a lot of its competitors to certainly change into of the largest compact SUVs. This may be seen in its 41.3 inches of again seat legroom (the CR-V has 40.4), and since that is the baggage check in any case, its 38.7 cubic-feet of cargo area with the again seat raised. This falls proper in between the Honda CR-V at 39.2 and Toyota RAV4 at 37.5. As I found in my baggage check comparability of these two, there was successfully no functionality distinction between the 2: principally the CR-V’s cargo space is taller, the RAV4’s longer.

Now, earlier than I get to how the 2022 Hyundai Tucson did in the identical check, let’s discuss every of those crossovers’ typically really useful hybrid choices. Though their cargo figures are mainly unchanged no matter whether or not you go gas-only or hybrid, there’s truly an necessary a part of the equation that is lacking. Certainly, one I missed in that earlier comparability check: The RAV4 has a spare tire. The CR-V Hybrid doesn’t, and neither does the Tucson Hybrid. 

That is what’s beneath the ground within the Tucson Hybrid, which is not less than considerably helpful, however clearly significantly much less so do you have to blow out a tire. So mainly, one thing to remember when rating the cargo area of those compact SUVs (and particularly their hybrids). 

Now, on to the Tucson.

Spare tire apart, the Tucson has dual-level cargo flooring like many SUVs (not the CR-V). This allows you to take pleasure in a flat load flooring when the again seat is folded but offers probably the most capability potential when raised. As we’re solely coping with the latter on this check, the ground stayed in its lowest place.

There are additionally little plastic panels that may be eliminated within the decrease setting (they are often saved within the underfloor bit pictured above) to supply further width. 

There’s a caveat to this, nevertheless. See that little indentation? You may plug the cargo cowl in there when not in use, which is a terrific function not discovered in lots of SUVs (the RAV4 is one other that has this). You normally must retailer the enormous cowl cartridge someplace, which is why I normally check with and with out it in place. Like within the RAV4, although, you can’t retailer the cargo cowl down there AND use the decrease load flooring peak within the Tucson.

Now, this Tucson was lacking its cargo cowl. Nevertheless, it was very straightforward to see the place it could go (above proper) and I may subsequently see what number of baggage would match. 

As in each baggage check I do, I take advantage of two midsize curler suitcases that may have to be checked in on the airport (26 inches lengthy, 16 large, 11 deep), two roll-aboard suitcases that simply barely match within the overhead (24L x 15W x 10D), and one smaller roll-aboard that matches simply (23L x 15W x 10D). I additionally embrace my spouse’s fancy in a single day bag simply to spruce issues up a bit (21L x 12W x 12D).

All the luggage match, no drawback. Actually, it was seemingly simpler to suit them than within the RAV4 or CR-V. The additional width afforded by eradicating the left-side panel truly freed up a substantial quantity of area, permitting for the smaller curler bag and fancy bag to lie on their sides subsequent to one another. This area can be longer than the CR-V. You may see the RAV4 and CR-V beneath.

I must also point out that the reclining again seat was positioned on the similar snug angle I take advantage of in any such occasion. 

Now let’s take away the faux cargo cowl to see how a lot area can be leftover.

That is an terrible lot of area. As every part is sitting on the ground (versus using the prolonged wings), you’ll be able to see that every part would nonetheless match even should you left the ground in its raised place. That is good to know, since I solely examined the RAV4 within the raised place (lengthy story, an exception to the rule). 

So, what can you slot in this area?

That might be the identical 38-quart cooler and duffle bag that maxed out the RAV4 and the CR-V. You may see that there’s a appreciable quantity of area nonetheless leftover. 

As I did not have a bag or something that might match there I simply used the smaller curler bag. There nonetheless would’ve been area out there above it.

Right here is the RAV4 and CR-V for comparability.

As such, it may be concluded that the Hyundai Tucson does certainly have extra cargo capability than the CR-V and the RAV4. Would reducing the ground within the RAV4 have made an considerable distinction? Maybe, however I do not assume it could exceed the Tucson. 

After all, let’s return to the start. If we’re speaking hybrids right here, the RAV4 could possibly be carrying all that and a spare tire. The Tucson and CR-V wouldn’t. 

As such, the Tucson is the brand new phase baggage check chief … ish … type of. 

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