The 10 SUVs and Minivans With the Most Cargo Space
It’s amazing how much stuff you can fit into a Mazda Miata if you’re really committed to it. But sometimes, you need something a little bigger than a Miata to haul your stuff. Big doesn’t necessarily mean roomy, though. Packaging and interior layout can seriously affect how much you can load into the back of a minivan or SUV.
The good news is, Consumer Reports is more than happy to do the hard work so you don’t have to. It recently published a list of the 10 minivans and SUVs that it found offer the most usable cargo space in its independent tests. If you need to haul a lot of stuff, definitely start your new car search with the ones on this list.
10. Infiniti QX80
The Infiniti QX80 drives like a truck, gets bad gas mileage and feels pretty dated. But it is still comfortable and luxurious. Plus, it finally has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With both rows of seats folded down, CR found it also had 49 cubic feet of usable cargo space.
9. Lincoln Navigator
It’s been a while since the Lincoln Navigator was actually desirable, but with the latest redesign, Lincoln straight-up kicked the Cadillac Escalade in the teeth. The Escalade’s 2021 redesign leveled the playing field again, but the Navigator remains a competitive full-size luxury SUV. It also beats the QX80's usable cargo volume with 56 cubic feet of space.
8. Cadillac Escalade
Well, what do you know? The recently redesigned Cadillac Escalade is right in line with the Lincoln Navigator when it comes to usable cargo volume. This full-size luxury SUV also clocked in at 56 cubic feet of space, as well.
7. Chevrolet Tahoe
The Cadillac Escalade may basically be a Chevrolet Tahoe in a suit, but the Tahoe does have one advantage over the Caddy aside from price. CR measured 58 cubic feet of usable cargo space in the Tahoe, giving it a the win for practicality. The GMC Yukon also scored the same.
6. Jeep Wagoneer
We like the Tahoe’s styling more than the Jeep Wagoneer’s, but there’s nothing wrong with having more options. And if you can get past its grumpy face, the Wagoneer has a good bit more usable cargo volume. With both rows of seats down, CR measured 63 cubic feet of cargo room.
5. Ford Expedition
You don’t need the roof rack in the photo here to haul a ton of stuff in the Ford Expedition. It’s just a really big SUV with a lot of room to put things in the back. In CR’s testing, it had a little more than 63 cubic feet of cargo space.
4. Chrysler Pacifica
People can hate on minivans all they want, but if you need a family hauler, it’s hard to do better than a minivan. They’re just so damn practical. And the Chrysler Pacifica is especially practical, clocking in at 66 cubic feet of storage space.
3. Chevrolet Suburban
The Pacifica may have a massive amount of room for cargo, but it can’t compete with the Chevrolet Suburban’s massive size. It’s a full 22 inches longer than the Pacifica, which has its pros and cons, but one of the pros is that there’s 70 cubic feet of cargo space.
2. Honda Odyssey
Now here’s a win for packaging. The Honda Odyssey is about half an inch shorter than the Pacifica, and yet it still edges out the much larger Suburban when it comes to cargo volume. CR found the Odyssey boasts 71 cubic feet of cargo space.
1. Kia Carnival
Consumer Reports just loves the Kia Carnival. The team even ranked it ahead of established minivans like the Odyssey and Sienna, making it CR’s favorite minivan at the moment. And one of the reasons it scored so well is that it has a massive amount of cargo space. With both rows of seats down, CR measured 72 cubic feet.
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