15 Great Places to Put Your Handbag, Tote Bag or Crossbody Bag in the Car

Honda Odyssey Elite Family Minivan
The Odyssey has the perfect spot for a handdbag on the floor in front of the center console. This cubby has a lip on it sos your handbag doesn't go flying when you round a curve. Photo: Scotty Reiss

The reasons can be superstitious: Don’t put your handbag on the floor or you’ll lose money. They can be practical: You need to reach your tote bag to grab your sunglasses or wallet. The reason can be simply reasonable: When my purse fell on the floor my kids would step on it getting in and out of the car. Not a sensible way to treat a Prada bag, wouldn’t you say?

And then, there’s the safety issue: A handbag on the front passenger’s seat can become a projectile aimed at your head if you’re hit from the side. Luckily, car makers recognize that women buy 65% of all cars and have tried to address this, coming up with some great natural places to put your purse. Being thought of before the car is designed rather than after endears us to that car.

So when you’re shopping for your next car, be sure to look for a great place to put a handbag, such as a tray in front of the console in the Honda Odyssey, above. These are our other favorites, and the cars that sport them.

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This Sliding Console May Be The Most Brilliant Handbag Spot Ever

The Amazing Movable Center Console In The Chevrolet Suburban
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This Under-Console Bin Is Smaller, But Works Too

The Floating Center Console In The Navigator Creates A Great Place To Put Your Handbag
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This Space Was Designed For More Bin, Less Console

The Floating Center Console Leaves A Spacious Cubby For Handbag Storage 2025 Buick Enclave
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Thank You, Nissan For a Safe Place to Put My Handbag

The Spot Behind The Passenger'S Seat Was Perfect For My Handbag. Perfect.
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Elegant Means Having a Place to Stow a Clutch or Crossbody

The Center Console Now Has More Room And Can Hold A Handbag Lincoln Corsair
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A Tiny Nook Is a Great Place to Hide Your Handbag

This Tiny Nook Under The Center Screen Is The Perfect Place To Stow My Crossbody Bag
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Tuck Your Crossbody Into This Drawer… and Close it for Privacy

Nissan Ariya Console Drawer Is A Great Place For A Handbag
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A Door Pocket That’ll Fit My Handbag? Yes, Please!

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Storage Handbag
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Another Sports Car Solution for Holding a Handbag

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A Bag Hanger Is Perfect In The Kia Ev9
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And Then, There’s The Good Old Go To: The Rear Seat

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The Best Place To Put Your Handbag
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Journalist, entrepreneur and mom. Expertise includes new cars, family cars, 3-row SUVs, child passenger car seats and automotive careers... More about Scotty Reiss