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 turn 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 take a look at in spite of everything, 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 take a look at 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 take a look at, let’s discuss every of those crossovers’ typically beneficial 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 take a look at: The RAV4 has a spare tire. The CR-V Hybrid doesn’t, and neither does the Tucson Hybrid. 

That is what’s underneath the ground within the Tucson Hybrid, which is no less than considerably helpful, however clearly significantly much less so do you have to blow out a tire. So mainly, one thing to bear in mind 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 ground like many SUVs (not the CR-V). This allows you to take pleasure in a flat load ground when the again seat is folded but supplies essentially the most capability doable when raised. As we’re solely coping with the latter on this take a look at, 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 offer additional width. 

There’s a caveat to this, nonetheless. See that little indentation? You possibly can plug the cargo cowl in there when not in use, which is a terrific characteristic not discovered in lots of SUVs (the RAV4 is one other that has this). You normally need to retailer the large cowl cartridge someplace, which is why I normally take a look at 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 ground top within the Tucson.

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

As in each baggage take a look at I do, I take advantage of two midsize curler suitcases that will should 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. In truth, 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 also be longer than the CR-V. You possibly can see the RAV4 and CR-V beneath.

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

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

That is an terrible lot of area. As the whole lot is sitting on the ground (versus using the prolonged wings), you possibly can see that the whole lot would nonetheless match even in the event 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 may be the identical 38-quart cooler and duffle bag that maxed out the RAV4 and the CR-V. You possibly can 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 decreasing the ground within the RAV4 have made an considerable distinction? Maybe, however I do not assume it will exceed the Tucson. 

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

As such, the Tucson is the brand new section baggage take a look at chief … ish … form of. 

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