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The Top-10 Small SUVs - 3 Models Pass New Subaru Crosstrek In One Key Area

How does the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek compare with the other top compact SUVs in their cargo room? Crosstrek gets passed by three models.


The compact SUV segment is as hot as it gets as many shoppers are trading in their compact sedans in favor of a hatchback model that offers more utility but still gets excellent fuel efficiency. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is one of the hottest models and in demand for its "go-anywhere" attitude.

Because of COVID, many people use their small SUVs to get away from the city and people. A story in Automotive News says there is a rise in camping and glamping and that the outdoors ties in with mental health. Spending time in nature can help improve one's mood and disposition and help people feel less anxious.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek, 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport, pricing, specs, features

A compact SUV is a perfect vehicle for carrying outdoor gear when adventuring into the wilderness. How do the top compact SUVs compare in cargo-carrying capacity?

We compare the top models to see which compact SUV has the most cargo capacity with the seats up and the rear seats folded flat. The 2021 Crosstrek gets a refresh with a new 2.5-liter engine, but the vehicle added no more cargo space. That won't likely happen until the third-generation Crosstrek in 2023.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek, 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport, pricing, specs, features

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is in the top four models in cargo space. Here are twelve popular compact SUVs from best to worst.

Kia Seltos 26.6 and 62.8 cubes

Kia Soul 24.2 and 62.1 cubic feet

Honda HR-V 23.2 and 57.6 w AWD

Subaru Crosstrek 20.8 and 55.3

Nissan Kicks 25.3 and 53.1

Jeep Renegade 18.5 and 50.8

Chevrolet Trax 18.7 and 48.4

Buick Encore 18.8 and 48.4

Hyundai Kona 19.2 and 45.8

Mazda CX-30 20.2 and 45.2

Mazda CX-3 17.8 and 42.7

Toyota C-HR 19.1 and 37.0

Do you need more cargo room? Here is how to quickly increase your cargo space.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is one of the top four models with the most cargo capacity, but there are other options for those who need more cargo-carrying ability. With more people using their small SUVs to get away from the city and people, you may need more cargo room.

When you need more outdoor gear storage when adventuring into the wilderness, the best way to increase storage is a roof rack. There are quite a few options on the market for a Subaru Crosstrek or other model. You can check them out here.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport

Depending on your need, there are platform racks with accessories such as shovel and ax holders, light brackets, tire tie-downs, and more. Baskets are much more useful for gear since they have raised sides and help keep equipment in place. Check out cargo baskets here if you need to keep things out of the weather.

Compact SUVs make great urban commuters, but if you want a "go-anywhere" vehicle for your mental health, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek comes standard with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive, 8.7-inches of ground clearance, and X-Mode for more extreme off-pavement adventures.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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