Top 10 Compact Cars with the Largest Back Seats

Top 10 Compact Cars with the Largest Back Seats

4. Honda Civic – 36.2 Inches

The 2013 Civic is Honda’s mulligan, a do-over, a fresh start. The brand screwed things up with the 2012 model, cheapening its interior and ruthlessly eradicating any excitement the way scientists wiped out smallpox. Automotive media roundly criticized the car, which was not up to the company’s typically high standards. To right this wrong and save face Honda embarked on a crash course (no pun intended) to improve their perennial best-seller.

The 2013 Civic is the company’s mea culpa. It builds on what the previous car did well and fixes its notable faults. Space wasn’t necessarily one of the its issues. Riders are treated to the same 36.2 inches of rear-seat legroom.

In other dimensions, the Civic’s trunk is a little on the small side at 12.5 cubic feet, but frontal space is completely competitive at an even 42 inches.

GALLERY: 2013 Honda Civic


  • MistyGreen

    Nice to see this compiled, I’ve been curious about this for a while.  However, there are a host of other factors that affect real-world rear seat room, as I’m sure you all know.  The number next to “legroom” doesn’t mean everything.

  • Jeffrey

    get your facts straight.  Small Pox is not wiped out

  • Bailey

    I will argue this one any time. My versa has way more space In the back seat than my parents corolla. The corolla I can’t even lift my foot with out turning it. The versa I can put a rear facing convertible car seat in the middle and still lay both front seats all the way down.

  • Jenn

    I just bought a new Sentra, but of all the compact cars I looked at, the Versa had, by far, the most rear leg room! It didn’t even make the list??? How?

  • ColumWood

    Good question. Technically the Versa is a sub-compact. And yes, it has the most rear seat leg room for a sub-compact.

  • James Earl Turner

    I love my versa note. I’m 6′ 2″ and I fit in the back seat.

  • Julia

    I have a 2013 corolla with 0% interest for 60 mos I love my car but I need more space in the back for my family to be comfortable. I am looking to trade in my car for the same interest just need more space is this possible to do??