Haul Your Holiday Bounty in These Spacious Rides
If you were mostly nice during 2014, there’s a good chance Santa paid most of you a visit with everything you wanted on your Christmas list. To ensure nothing gets left behind while transporting your goods, check out these vehicles with plenty of cargo space. Minivans and commercial cargo vans were left out (Santa’s generous, but he doesn’t spoil) and cubic feet was measured with all seats left upright in place, including on the three-row crossovers.
Honda CR-V – 35.3 cubic feet
The Honda CR-V has grown throughout the years, and its current 35.3 cubic feet of cargo space is proof of that. The CR-V’s spacious interior is among the best in its class, and helped it win the 2015 Motor Trend SUV of the Year award.
Subaru Outback – 35.5 cubic feet
Don’t let the Subaru Outback‘s wagon body style deceive you – there’s a ton of space inside for both passengers and cargo. The Outback is the perfect alternative for the crossover-adverse, since it’s also a fairly capable off-roader with standard all-wheel drive and high ground clearance.
Nissan Xterra – 36.3 cubic feet
The Xterra is the most utilitarian SUV in Nissan‘s lineup, staying true to its off-road roots while offering plenty of practicality and space. If you overload the rear cargo space, don’t worry — the Xterra’s standard roof rack makes it easy to attach a cargo box or bag to carry more goods.
Jeep Grand Cherokee – 36.3 cubic feet
The Grand Cherokee may be the best all-around Jeep, with decent off-road manners, luxurious options, and plenty of space. Those who haul lots of items in snowy weather should find the Grand Cherokee’s all-wheel-drive system and 36.3 cubic feet of cargo space more than adequate.
Mercedes-Benz M-Class – 38.2 cubic feet
Whether you pick a Mercedes-Benz M-Class for speed (ML63 AMG) or efficiency (ML350 Bluetec), you’re treated to 38.2 cubic feet of cargo space, making it among the best in its class. Those who need three rows of seats can opt for the larger GL-Class.
Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL – 38.9 cubic feet (Tied)
The new Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL are essentially twins right down to their cargo capacity of 38.9 cubic feet. Only the Yukon XL can be had with the 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. A 355-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 powers the Suburban and the standard Yukon XL.
Nissan Rogue – 39.3 cubic feet
The Rogue sure has grown. What started out as a compact crossover is now bordering on a midsizer, boasting 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s essentially the same amount of room provided by the more expensive Murano.
Cadillac Escalade ESV – 39.3 cubic feet
The big and blingy Escalade ESV comes packing 20-inch rims and an impressive 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seats. Loading cargo is a cinch thanks to the hands-free power liftgate that operates when you wave your foot underneath the rear bumper.
Nissan Murano – 39.6 cubic feet
The 2015 Nissan Murano is all-new with stylish sheetmetal that suggests sacrifices will be made in the way of practicality. Thankfully that’s not the case, because the Murano will hold up to 39.6 cubic feet worth of stuff. There’s plenty of room for passengers, too, with up to 40.5 inches of front legroom.
Lexus RX 350 – 40 cubic feet
The 2015 RX 350 has been a best-seller for Lexus thanks to its combination of luxury and practicality. It isn’t the largest crossover in the brand’s lineup, but the RX 350 provides an impressive 40 cubic feet of cargo space behind those leather-lined seats. Better yet, cargo capacity doesn’t decrease if you opt for the gas-sipping RX 450h hybrid.
Mercedes-Benz G-Class – 40.3 cubic feet
The most off-road-ready vehicle on this list, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class also has tons of space in the back, providing 40.3 cubic feet behind the second-row seats. The one to covet is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG, which is powered by a 536-hp, 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 that propels the SUV to 60 mph in an estimated 5.3 seconds.
Lincoln Navigator L – 42.6 cubic feet
This is essentially the Expedition EL’s more luxurious twin. It boast the same amount of cargo and passenger capacity, but comes with standard luxury touches such as heated and cooled front seats, premium wood accents, and surround sound audio.
Ford Expedition EL – 42.6 cubic feet
The new 2015 Ford Expedition EL will haul lots of stuff and people. With eight-passenger capacity and 42.6 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats, the Expedition EL should provide more than enough space for most owners. Opt for the new Platinum package for nice luxury touches.
Land Rover LR4 – 44.5 cubic feet
It’s no surprise that Land Rover‘s boxy LR4 boasts the most cargo space in the lineup. With four-wheel drive and Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, there’s no stopping the LR4 from getting your stuff to where it needs to go.
Toyota 4Runner – 47.2 cubic feet
Toyota‘s capable off-roader also happens to have a cavernous cargo area. With 47.2 cubic feet of space, the 2015 Toyota 4Runner tops this list. The optional sliding rear cargo deck makes loading and unloading items from the relatively tall SUV a breeze.