I wrote a bit about this topic previously. Now that I've got a kart and am looking to buy something to transport it in, I'm revisiting this issue in more detail.

First off, how big is a kart anyway? I actually own two karts now, A Margay Brava and an Arrow AX-9 (long story but I bought the Margay first and it turned out to be not so suited to what I wanted so I lent it to a friend, and bought the Arrow that I race now). Both karts are a typical CIK style sprint kart, which are used for all junior (age 12-15 in the US) and senior classes throughout the world for sprint karting, such as TAG, KF2, shifter, etc. The maximum rear width of a CIK kart is approximately 55 inches, and the kart are typically run near the maximum width. Note, a gold cup style kart (typically used for 4 stroke classes) is supposed to be at least a few inches narrower. Length wise including the bumpers, the Margay is about 70 inches long, while the Arrow is 74.

Karts can be taken apart to varying degrees which significantly lowers the dimensions. The bumper assemblies on karts vary and of half a dozen or so I've inspected, generally the front can be taken off with just a few clips or bolts, while the rear may not be so easily removable, depending on the kart. On my Margay, both the front and rear can be easily removed to trim 10 inches or so off the length. Neither of my karts has a full width rear bumper, but most karts now come with them and I believe they are required to run at least halfway across the rear tires. Taking the front and rear hubs and wheels and both sidepods off takes minutes or less and leaves the widest point of the kart the width of the rear axle, minus a full width rear bumper if you have one. The most common axle sizes from what I gather are 50 x 1020mm (what the Arrow has) and 40 x 1040mm (what the Margay has) so taking the wheels and hubs off saves about 10 inches off the rear width. If you leave the front wheels on, my current setup on the Arrow measures around 46 inches wide. Additionally, if the rear axle and front spindles are also removed, the actual frame measures only about 32 inches at it's widest point and 60 inches long.

So what cars, trucks, SUVs and vans will the kart fit in? I've compiled some notes and specific dimensions for some vehicles below. I've broken the vehicles down in 3 categories.

Yes. Can most likely transport a kart with easily with little disassembly: Generally, any modern minivan or full size SUV fits in this category. I figure if the cargo area is at least 72 inches long, and 46 inches wide at it's narrowest point, it can transport a kart with at most the sidepods, rear wheels and hubs, front bumper and maybe the rear bumper off. (Rear bumper is tricky since I don't have a full width one, but a lot of these large vehicles are pretty wide a the very rear by the liftgate, so you might be able to get away with leaving it on). Most of these vehicles also have enough overall cargo volume to fit a kart stand, tools and a box or two of spares and personal gear as well.

  • 2008+ Dodge Grand Caravan/ Chrysler Town and Country Can transport both my karts with only one sidepod and one rear hub off. Could probably work just with the hubs pushed in.

  • 2001-2007 Dodge Grand Caravan/Chrysler Town and Country Slightly smaller then the newer generation, but I was still able to take my Arrow kart with just one sidepod and rear hub/wheel off, along with everything I needed for the track with room to spare.

  • 2001-2007 Toyota Sequoia Was able to take the kart with one rear hub, sidepod and the front bumper off. Tighter fit for the kart stand and all the other stuff versus the minivans, but still pretty easy.

  • 2007+ Chevy Suburban 49.1 x 101.8. Super long cargo area but still not wide enough to pass kart through wheel arches.

  • 2007+ Chevy Tahoe 49.1 x 81.4. Super long cargo area but still not wide enough to pass kart through wheel arches.

  • Maybe. Might be able to make it work: Most mid size SUVs and comparable vehicles fall in this category. Although the minimum width dimensions might seem tight, consider that you might be able to load the kart without passing the whole thing through the narrowest point, so the front wheels might be able to stay on even if they can't pass through the rear wheelhousings, for example. Most these vehicles do have considerably less cargo volume so it might be kinda tight fitting everything else you need for the track in. But they should get better gas mileage then the bigger vehicles, be more practical as a daily driver (at least for me) if you are going to use it as that and should still be capable of hauling a small trailer if you decide to move on to that. Don't take my word for it on these, I think it would be close and you should do the measuring of the vehicle and your kart yourself!

  • 2010+ Toyota 4runner 45 wide x 68 long. A little short but could work with front and/or rear bumpers off or front seats moved a bit forward.

  • 2004-2009 subaru outback 42.2x73. Good length but the narrow gate opening would be a big challenge to work with.

  • 2010+ subaru outback 43x66. Looks like the newer generation is shorter then the last one.

  • 2006-2012 rav4 43 x 72. Although usually considered a compact SUV, it is actually pretty big. The side hinged door makes me question if the kart can get through the gate though.

  • Unlikely or no way: Most compact SUVs and wagons/hatches are really just too small although some might seem promising. Since the bare frame is pretty small, you might be able to get away with using these if you only need to move your kart a few times a year (like you store it at the track and take it somewhere else for the winter, or just need something to pick up a kart, but I don't see any way to use these as a primary means to transport a kart to the track.

  • Honda Element 42 x 55-67. By the looks of the exterior I would have thought it's way to short but some people seem to claim it works. This is by far the most promising vehicle of the group I've found and maybe belongs in the group above.

  • 2003-2008 Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe 38.75 x 55.5. The cargo area looks flat and practical, but it's just way too small.

  • 2008-2012 ford escape 40.7x 66.7. MIGHT work.

  • 2007-2011 Honda CRV 39.5 x 60-67.

  • I will try to add to the list if I do more research.