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Contributed By Denis Flierl

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Denis Flierl has been involved in the auto industry for over 30 years in various professional roles. Most recently, he focused on the Subaru brand as a 12-year senior writer at Torque News. He enjoys bringing you, the Subaru fans and customers, the most up-to-date Subaru news, reviews, and new model information. Follow Denis on The Dirty Subaru website, Dirty Subaru blog, SubaruReport, AllSubaru, and WRX STI News X social media. Also Facebook, @DenisFlierl, and Instagram for his daily reports!

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The quest for cargo space in hatchbacks has always been a crucial factor for buyers who desire the agility of a compact car without sacrificing the utility of an SUV. The 2024 lineup showcases an array of models that excel in offering ample trunk space. 

The Chevrolet Bolt (2023 model) offers 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space while the Mitsubishi Mirage and Kia Rio provide 17.1 and 17.4 cubic feet, and the Toyota GR Corolla ups the ante with 17.8 cubic feet. Volkswagen makes a strong statement with both its Golf R and GTI models, each offering 19.9 cubic feet of space, demonstrating that performance-oriented hatchbacks don’t need to skimp on practicality. The Mazda Mazda3 slightly edges them out with 20.1 cubic feet, while the Toyota Prius Prime offers an impressive 20.3 cubic feet. However, it’s the Subaru Impreza that notably stands out with 20.8 cubic feet of cargo space, positioning it as a top choice in the competitive landscape.

Whether prioritizing cargo space, fuel efficiency, driving pleasure, or all-wheel-drive capability, there’s a clear winner that meets all needs. Each model in this lineup has its unique appeal, catering to a wide range of preferences and requirements, but the Impreza stands out for its impressive cargo capacity and all-weather readiness. 

The redesigned Subaru Impreza stands out for its overall capability and comfort. It rides confidently, courtesy of standard all-wheel drive— a rarity in its class. While its drivetrain slightly impacts fuel efficiency, it still pulls respectable numbers. The Impreza’s cabin is praised for its build quality and spaciousness, offering a commendable 55.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. This versatility is complemented by roof crossbar mounting points for additional cargo solutions. 

Not to be outdone, the Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius provide 23.6 and 23.8 cubic feet of cargo space, respectively, proving that eco-friendly vehicles can also be practical. However, it’s the Honda Civic that tops the charts (in terms of space) with an unmatched 24.5 cubic feet, setting a high standard for cargo capacity in compact hatchbacks.

At a glance, the Bolt and Mirage offer affordability and efficiency, the Rio provides a balance of features and value, and the GR Corolla and Volkswagen models cater to those seeking a spirited driving experience without sacrificing utility. The Mazda3 emphasizes design and driving dynamics, while the Toyota Prius models continue to appeal to eco-conscious drivers with their hybrid technology.