Top 5 Premium Small Cars That Can Tow and Haul

Top 5 Premium Small Cars That Can Haul

If you read our site, one of the primary functions of your car is to transport your occupants and its goods, maybe a small bike, perhaps a jet ski or two. While trucks and SUVs are really best for the serious hauling and towing crowd - the Ford F150 can tow 15000 pounds and a Ford Expedition has up 130.8 cubic feet of cargo space - with either these types of vehicles, well, sometimes, it’s overkill.

At DriveApart, we think you don't need to spend a lot of money on a massive vehicle to cover your basic hauling needs. Smaller vehicles can do the job just as well if not better sometimes. While most of these models are seriously limited in the amount they can tow, they sure can haul you, your friends and bunch of gear to almost anywhere.


Below is a list of five premium small cars that can haul your basic needs - the Mazda MAZDASPEED3, the Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon, The Hyundai Veloster Turbo, Audi A3 TDI and a Mini Clubman Cooper S.

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The Mazda Speed 3.

2013 Mazda MAZDASPEED3

We dig this hot hatch with its 2.3 turbocharged 263 horsepower,280 foot pounds of torque 4 cylinder engine. With 17 cubic feet of cargo space and 42.8 cubic feet with the rear seats down you'll be able to haul anything needed.

Price: $24,200

MPG: 18/25

Horsepower: 263

Torque: 280

Top Speed: 155MPH Est.

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Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon.

2013 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon

The Subie is the ne plus ultra of hot hatchs with its 265 horsepower, 244 foot pounds of torque 2.5 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine that dashes a quick 0-60 just as much it can haul your basic need. With its 11.3 cubic feet of space and 19.0 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down, the Subaru will do in a tight pinch for your everyday carry needs.

Price: $25,795

MPG: 19/25

Horsepower: 265

Torque: 244

Top Speed: 144MPH Est.

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Hyundai Veloster Turbo.

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Ah, we love the new and, can we say it, weird Hyundai Veloster Turbo. Maybe it’s the extra door, or maybe it’s the optional matte paint job, but it gets the job done. With a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline 4 cylinder engine that puts our 201 horsepower and 195 foot pounds of torque under the hood and a zippy six-speed manual gearbox, the Hyundai is more fun that a barrel of monkeys. With a cargo capacity of 15.5 liters you can carry all the groceries, electronics and off road gear you’d need.

Price: $22,100

MPG: 24/35

Horsepower: 201

Torque: 195

Top Speed: 130MPH Est.

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The Audi A3 TDI.

Audi A3 TDI

We love the way the A3 TDI hatchback drives. With a 2-liter inline 4 cylinder Diesel powered engine that kicks out 140 horsepower and a whopping 236 foot pounds of torque, TDI is the way to go. Add in its cargo capacity of 19.5 cubic feet and 39 cubic feet with the seats down and you'll able to carry anything that a larger vehicle could but in a well designed and fun to drive hatchback.

Price: $27,270

MPG: 30/42

Horsepower: 140

Torque: 236

Top Speed: 130MPH Est.

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The Mini Countryman S.

2013 Mini Countryman S

What is the Mini Countryman S, is it a small station wagon, a large sedan with bigger tires, a tiny SUV. All we know, it’s close to perfect in the class. With a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline 4 cylinder engine with 181 horsepower and 177 foot pounds of torque, it’s mighty fast. Being a (we think) station wagon, it only has 9.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear with the seats up but lo, it transforms into monster hauler with 32.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats down allowing you carry literally whatever you need.

Price: $25,350

MPG: 26/34

Horsepower: 181

Torque: 177

Top Speed: 138MPH Est.