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Cargo Space and Storage

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 8/30/2018 Drew Dorian

Cargo Space and Storage Rating: 4-star-photo-673236-s-original© Car and Driver 4-star-photo-673236-s-original

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Despite its small size, the Kicks impressed us with its results in our cargo tests, matching and beating some larger rivals. Small-item storage is at a premium in the cargo area and the back seat, but front-seat occupants won't notice the pinch thanks to large door pockets and a large glovebox.

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Test Results: Carry-On Luggage

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Cargo Configurations

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Cargo Volume Comparisons

The Kicks provided space for 19 of our carry-on cases with the rear seats folded and matched the more voluminous Honda HR-V's result with the rear seats in place. Although the rear seats don't fold completely flat, the Kicks's cargo area is large enough for bulky items or an expensive Costco run for household goods.

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Lift-Over Height

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Test Results: Lift-Over Height

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Interior Cubby Storage

The Kicks lacks a center-console armrest storage bin for stashing small items but makes up for this with voluminous front-door bins and a large glovebox. Rear-seat occupants are left with very little storage space, and the Kicks offers no underfloor storage cubbies in the cargo area.

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Why do we use ping-pong balls?

To determine the interior space available to stash travel essentials, we’ve devised a range of measuring protocols. We use six beverage containers ranging in size and shape to gauge cupholder accommodation. We stack, stuff, and arrange 9-by-14-by-22-inch cardboard boxes to quantify the number of airline-carry-on-size suitcases that will fit in a trunk or folded seat’s cargo space. To measure irregularly shaped gloveboxes, door pockets, and console bins, we fill each container with 1.5-inch-diameter ping-pong balls. It’s tempting to convert the number of spheres to a volume (cubic inches), but we resist that calculation because-as with the box of tissues, 12-ounce can of soda, or gallon of milk you might stash in these compartments-there are voids between the balls. Random packing (our procedure) nullifies approximately one-third of the available space. The negative space between the balls could theoretically be reduced to 25 percent of an irregular shape with precise stacking, but while we might be pedantic, we’re not crazy.

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Test Results: Maximum Cubby Storage

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