This is what’s under the floor in the Tucson Hybrid, which is at least somewhat useful, but obviously considerably less so should you blow out a tire. So basically, something to keep in mind when ranking the cargo space of these compact SUVs (and specifically their hybrids). Now, on to the Tucson.
Spare tire aside, the Tucson has dual-level cargo floor like many SUVs (not the CR-V). This lets you enjoy a flat load floor when the back seat is folded yet provides the most capacity possible when raised. As we’re only dealing with the latter in this test, the floor stayed in its lowest position. As in every luggage test I do, I use two midsize roller suitcases that would need to be checked in at the airport (26 inches long, 16 wide, 11 deep), two roll-aboard suitcases that just barely fit in the overhead (24L x 15W x 10D), and one smaller roll-aboard that fits easily (23L x 15W x 10D). I also include my wife’s fancy overnight bag just to spruce things up a bit (21L x 12W x 12D).
Now, this Tucson was missing its cargo cover. However, it was very easy to see where it would go (above right) and I could therefore see how many bags would fit. All the bags fit, no problem. In fact, it was seemingly easier to fit them than in the RAV4 or CR-V. The extra width afforded by removing the left-side panel actually freed up a considerable amount of space, allowing for the smaller roller bag and fancy bag to lie on their sides next to each other. This space is also longer than the CR-V. You can see the RAV4 and CR-V below.
There is a caveat to this, however. See that little indentation? You can plug the cargo cover in there when not in use, which is a terrific feature not found in many SUVs (the RAV4 is another that has this). You usually have to store the giant cover cartridge somewhere, which is why I usually test with and without it in place. Like in the RAV4, though, you cannot store the cargo cover down there AND use the lower load floor height in the Tucson. There are also little plastic panels that can be removed in the lower setting (they can be stored in the underfloor bit pictured above) to provide extra width.
Now let’s remove the pretend cargo cover to see how much space would be leftover. I should also mention that the reclining back seat was placed at the same comfortable angle I use in any such instance.
That would be the same 38-quart cooler and duffle bag that maxed out the RAV4 and the CR-V. You can see that there is a considerable amount of space still leftover. That’s an awful lot of space. As everything is sitting on the floor (as opposed to utilizing the extended wings), you can see that everything would still fit even if you left the floor in its raised position. This is good to know, since I only tested the RAV4 in the raised position (long story, an exception to the rule). So, what can you fit in this space?
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