Vintage Sears X Cargo Box Review

Vintage Sears X Cargo Box ReviewThe Vintage Sears X- Cargo box is a hard-top roof carrier for transporting your gear safely and conveniently. You can use the extra cargo space to fit longer and larger equipment such as skis, paddles, golf bags, suitcases, or fishing poles. When not in use, remove it and store it in a cool, dry place.

Most of the Sears X-Cargo carriers were produced by the Thule Group. The quality and craftsmanship are, without a doubt, outstanding. To find replacements for defective or worn-out parts, visiting the Thule website or giving them a call will solve all your problems. Moreover, it will cost you less than outsourcing from other suppliers.

Key Features

  • U-Bolt Hardware – Fast, tool-free mounting
  • Rear opening – Easy access to luggage
  • Single-point locking device – Enhanced security
  • 100 pounds weight capacity
  • Fully assembled
  • One year warranty
What we like What we don’t like
High quality, durable construction Rear opening unsuitable for hatchbacks
Full access to trunk and hatch
Easy installation and storage
Universal mounting system

The Review


The carrier is made from heavy-duty, abrasion-resistant, High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic. An automotive black or white finish will complement your car for those who like to travel in style.

Weatherproofing protects your luggage against rain, wind, and sun while on the road. The radiant finishing won’t peel off even if the box is left under the glaring sun for a long time.


Sears X-Cargo should be mounted on a roof rack or side rails. Thankfully, the box mounts to most factory-installed roof racks and after-market roof rack systems. If your car has factory-installed side rails, you will need to purchase cross rails.

The carrier comes already assembled, making the mounting swift and easy with the tool-free U- bolt mounting mechanism. Insert the bolts and tighten them with the knobs and you are all set. Check the tightness of the screws and bolts periodically, before and after long trips.


The sears roof box sits in a forward position and has an aerodynamic shape for minimizing wind resistance and noise while maximizing fuel economy.

Ease of Use

The carrier opens from the rear with two force struts keeping the lid open while you load or unload. Whereas the Sears Cargo Carrier doesn’t get in the way of the rear hatch, accessing your cargo becomes cumbersome if you drive a hatchback.

A robust security locks system includes two spare keys for safekeeping of your gear and prevents flapping of the lid. Remove it when empty due to the noises it makes, or if you don’t mind the rattling, don’t exceed the 40MPH recommended speed limit.


    This carrier was resized from the X-Cargo XL to accommodate more car models. The 35-pound rooftop box has a 20 cubic feet cargo space with a slightly larger size, 67 x 34 x 20.7” inches.
    This is the pioneer box for the Sears X- Cargo. It has a 15 cubic feet weight capacity and measures 61(L) x 37(W) x 18(H) inches. The box weighs 32 pounds.

Final Thoughts

Before loading the Vintage Sears X- Cargo box on your car, you should always refer to the vehicle’s manual. This will give you specific numbers regarding your towing capacity. Knowing your vehicle’s cargo weight and allowable payload will inform your weight distribution and driving techniques.

Cargo weight refers to the weight of your passengers, cargo, and any installed optional equipment. Allowable payload is the maximum Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) your vehicle can carry.

The Vintage Sears X- Cargo box offers you reliable, long-lasting performance without impeding the comfort of your passengers.

If you own an SUV, van, or crossover vehicle, opt for the Sears X-Cargo Sport 20. The original X-Cargo XL will provide reliable service for compact cars, mid-size SUVs, and any model in between.

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