Dodge Hornet R/T Luggage Test: How much cargo can it carry?

Dodge Hornet R/T Luggage Test: How much cargo can it carry?

The Dodge Hornet is priced and marketed as a compact SUV. In terms of dimensions, um, no. Outside, it's 2 inches shorter in length than one of the smallest compact SUVs, the Mazda CX-5, and nearly 7 inches shorter than a Honda CR-V. It's more like a large subcompact such as the new Honda HR-V.

Interior space is even less indicative of the CX-5 and CR-V. Rear seat legroom is squished, and more to the point of this test, cargo space is limited. Now, there is a difference in cargo space depending on the model. The turbocharged GT has 27 cubic-feet of cargo space, whereas the R/T plug-in hybrid has 22.9. I'm guessing the difference comes from including underfloor storage. The GT figure would indeed be less than every compact SUV I've luggage tested, while the R/T figure puts it right in the middle of the subcompact group.

This test will only cover the R/T since that's the test vehicle I had. Let's see how much actual stuff fits back there and how it really compares to other small SUVs.

Just by looking at this, it should be obvious that the Hornet's cargo area is pretty hatchbacky, right down to the rigid cargo cover.

Speaking of that cover, here it is. Considering that there's zero chance you're storing this inside the vehicle to free up space for excess bags, I tested with and without the cover.


As with every luggage test, 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).

Mwa mwa. This is it: the two medium-sized bags and one of the big bags on its belly. There's just not a lot of height to work with, including enough height to stack something atop the big blue bag. I suppose you could pop off the cover and try resting it atop everything, but I haven't been doing that in these tests, so I didn't here.