While modern vehicles offer plenty of cargo space for personal belongings and things like water, snacks, hand tools, and electronics, an issue presents itself while simply throwing these things into console storage or trunk space. Without proper security, the items can easily slip around, potentially become damaged, or get lost under a pile of other devices. Luckily, the aftermarket now offers plenty of car organizers to fit a wide range of vehicle sizes and types. These products divide vehicle storage into many individual bins or cubby holes, ensuring items are kept safe and easy to find.
What to Consider
The first thing to think about in a car organizer is the location. There are many options that attach to car seats, behind sun visors, or inside a glovebox, but the most versatile options will typically slot into a vehicle trunk, or inside the center console. Size is also important. You’ll want to get specific dimensions of your vehicle’s cargo space, and match it to a product which will fit its measurements.
Some are made to fit to specific car models. We will however be strictly sticking to multi-fit products, as we can’t predict what a particular audience member drives. A few organizers also offer integrated cooler bags, providing an easy way to keep drinks or produce chilled in the car.
How We Selected
Popular Mechanics has picked these products based on a combination of personal experience and review research from publications such as Autoweek, Spy, and The Drive. Consumer scores are also taken into account during selection.
AutoMuko Car Console Organizer
This rigid fabric organizer comes with up to six sections within. The dividing walls are attached by velcro, so they can also be moved or removed to allow for the storage of larger items. Three netted pockets along the side of the product can conveniently hold small documents and IDs, while the main cubbies have room for multiple beverages, a makeup bag, pencil box, and a first aid kit.
Outer dimensions are 9 by 13.5 inches, which may be too large to fit in the consoles of small cars. If that’s the case, it can still be easily stowed on a passenger seat. The whole product can also be folded into a flat compact shape when not in use.
- Adjustable pockets
- Folds flat
- May not fit in small consoles
Leakproof Trash Can
EPAuto Trash Can with Pockets
This EPAuto product provides a leakproof container to toss tissues, food wrappers, and other trash items. Mesh pockets on all sides of the can also add a little bit of extra storage. The lid includes a flexible elastic opening, and flips open for easy dumping or changing of a trash bag.
Product footprint is 8.25 by 6.75 inches, with a height of 10.5 inches. Velcro grips along the bottom allow it to stick to any carpeted surface inside the vehicle, and an included strap can be used to hang it from a seat or glovebox.
- Leakproof bin
- Multiple installation methods
FoxBox Tote Organizer
This product from FoxBox is packed with a ton of features for a compact organizer. First of all, you get two large compartments inside, with two integrated cup or bottle holders. Up front, there is also a zip-up tissue holder, with four mesh pockets along the left side. Its most unique feature allows it to collapse into a portable tote bag, while two top straps make for easy carrying outside the vehicle.
The large 9.5-by-17.5-inch footprint must be placed on a seat or passenger footwell. The bag can be secured by either velcro on the bottom, or by rear straps made to attach to a seatbelt.
- Converts to portable tote
- Seatbelt straps
- Tissuebox and cupholders
- Large footprint
- Only two main pockets
TSI Clutter Catcher
The Clutter Catcher is made as an aftermarket solution for things like commercial vehicles, or minivans, which are lacking in center console storage. The design includes a center compartment with locking door, two additional cubbies, coin slot storage, and four cup holders. Two of which are positioned towards the vehicle’s rear seats. TSI products are also assembled in the USA.
The sturdy plastic construction allows for a semi-permanent setup. The most stable method of installation calls for screws to be drilled into the floor, or it can simply be placed between seats if the fit is snug enough. External measurements are 27 inches long, 8.5 inches wide, and 11.5 inches tall.
- Locking compartment
- Four cup holders
- American made
Best Overall Value
Drive Auto Trunk Organizer
Drive Auto Products
The Drive Auto organizer is a larger variety made to secure in the trunk or hatch area using included hooks and velcro grips. The water-resistant canvas construction makes up two large compartments that can make four smaller ones using adjustable dividers. Six mini side pockets also run along the perimeter.
In tighter spaces, this product can also collapse down to a half-size container, or fold flat for storage. The organizer is 17 inches wide by 11 inches high, while length is 23 inches total and 14 at half-size.
- Adjustable size
- Water-resistant material
- Smaller than other trunk organizers
Skyward Seat Gap Filler
This organizer is about as simple as it gets. Just a 2-by-10-inch plastic pocket that slots into the gap between a car’s seat and the center console. This hassle-free installation lets the product pull double-duty, adding a little bit of storage that was previously absent, while also preventing thin items like phones and credit cards from getting dropped into the gap and stuck under the seat. That’s a major headache diverted for a low price, and two seat pockets are even included together as a set.
- Saves items from getting lost
- Adds new storage space
Lots of Space
CZC Auto Trunk Organizer
The CZC organizer can hold an SUV-worth of personal articles, with six adjustable compartments, and eight mesh pockets along the rear. Like the previous Drive Auto product, it is fastened to the vehicle with two straps and Velcro strips along the bottom. It can also fold into three different carrier sizes. At the largest, it measures 14.8 inches wide, 12.6 inches high, and 29.1 inches long, making for ample cargo volume.
When collapsed down to medium size, it sports 20 inches of length, and 11 inches at the smallest setting. An extra for this organizer is a removable fabric lid, which can enhance privacy, or keep sensitive items out of the sun.
- Large cargo space
- Privacy lid
Tuff Viking Large Organizer with Cooler
Tuff Viking gives a massive amount of space with six divided cubbies, and eight side pockets. The real neat thing about this package, however, is the included cooler bag which can keep beverages and produce insulated on a hot day. The bag can easily be slotted into one of the compartments, then lifted out by its handles to take to a picnic, campout, or wherever you please.
Installation is achieved by the standard hooks, with grippy footpads on the bottom holding the organizer stable. The organizer features three size settings, with the fullest being 34 by 14 by 14 inches. Length folds down to 23 inches, then to 11.5 at the smallest. Plastic clasps along the side also keep it secured at the desired size, or in folded storage position.
- Good for drinks
- Largest overall volume
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