Warm summer weather often serves as the inspiration for road trips. Whether you are making the journey with family or friends, the golden sunshine of the season is sure to heighten the experience. Road trips work best if there is ample cargo capacity on board to facilitate for the adventure. Below, we have listed the seven small vehicles with the greatest cargo capacity in the segment. Fuel economy is also a concern when hitting the road, so we have included each model’s mileage. Our list includes pricing and all prices shown reflect delivery charges. Since most shoppers purchase cars with automatic transmissions, our pricing figures focus exclusively on models that handle the task of gear shifting for you and we have listed the mileage of the most fuel-efficient model available with an automatic transmission. Note that this list excludes hybrids and electric vehicles. Hybrids are ranked in a separate road-trip list that focuses on green vehicles. Electric vehicles are excluded because their limited range makes them poor choices for road trips.
-6. Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback
Offering 22,7 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the rear seats, the Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback has the room to handle all the luggage you need for your summer excursion. With mileage of 29/38 mpg city/highway, the Cruze will treat you kindly at gas pump. Pricing begins at $22,795.
-5. Volkswagen Golf
The Golf looks a little tiny, but this little hatchback offers 22,8 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the rear seats in place. Mileage is solid and you can look forward to fuel economy of 25/35 mpg city/highway. Pricing begins at $21,815.
-4. Hyundai Elantra GT
The Elantra GT is the hatchback version of the Hyundai Elantra and it comes to the table with 23 cubic feet of cargo capacity. The Elantra GT gets mileage of 24/32 mpg. Pricing begins at $20,635.
-3. Ford Focus Hatchback
You won’t have any trouble squeezing luggage into Ford Focus Hatchback, since it offers 23,3 cubic feet of cargo capacity. The Focus also shines when it comes to mileage. And it has an EPA rating of up to 27/38 mpg. Price begins at $20,640.
-2. Honda Civic Hatchback
The Honda Civic Hatchback has a lot to offer when it comes to cargo capacity, and it provides 25,7 cubic feet of room for your road-trip gear and with an EPA rating of up to 31/40 mpg, it is no slouch when it comes to mileage. Pricing begins at $21,375.
-1. Volkswagen Golf SportWagen (tie)
You can put a spacious spin on road-trip travel with the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, and it provides 30,4 cubic feet of capacity for your belongings. The Golf SportWagen also shines when it comes to mileage, offering 25/34 mpg city/highway. Pricing begins at $23,500.
-1. Volkswagen Golf Alltrack (tie)
With higher ground clearance and rugged body cladding, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is essentially an off road friendly version of the Golf SportWagen. Like its sibling, it offers 30,4 cubic feet of cargo capacity. All wheel drive is standard, and fuel economy comes in at 22/30 mpg. Pricing starts at $27,770.