The 2017 Honda CR-V has 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the backseat and 75.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the backseat folded — but what does that really look like? Specifications like cargo volume can be misleading, so during 's 2017 Compact SUV Challenge, we placed a standard set of cargo items in each cargo area to visualize the differences among the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, 2017 Ford Escape, 2017 CR-V, 2017 Mazda CX-5, 2017.5 Nissan Rogue and 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan.
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Cargo included a 23-inch adult bicycle and an adjustable cardboard box tested in two sizes: 37 inches long, 6 inches wide and 41 inches tall, which we fit behind the backseat, and an expanded 70-by-6-by-41 inches, which we fit with the backseat folded. And to top it off, a pair of golf bags. Though we laid the cardboard box flat for visualization of the cargo area, general practice for transporting a cardboard box like ours with a flat-screen TV inside is to keep the TV upright.
The CR-V's cargo area is one of the roomiest and easiest to use in its class, with a low load-in height, short bumper, and a tall and wide cargo area. It has levers that fold the backseat from the cargo area for easy access and a very flat cargo area (some don't). The low load-in height is especially useful for heavier items like the bicycle that don't need much coercion to slide into the back.
The cargo area behind the backseat was close to fitting the small box, but not quite. Only one SUV in this test could: the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan. The CR-V might have been able to squeak that one out if it had a sliding backseat, but it doesn't (only two in the test did: the Nissan Rogue and Tiguan).