If you’re looking for the best crossover SUVs with most cargo space, be prepared for a wide range of choices. With the increasing number of crossovers (or CUVs) available today, it’s no wonder you’ll need to do a bit of homework. What it all boils down to, of course, has as much to do with personal preference as needs.
Check out these three picks for Best Crossover SUVs With Most Cargo Space – and then do your own test-drives:
- Mazda CX-9 – Reviewers say the 2010 7-passenger large crossover SUV is one of the newer crop of CUVs, doesn’t get enough publicity and isn’t high on consumers’ shopping lists – but it should be. With all three rows in use, CX-9 provides 17.2 cubic feet of cargo volume, but with the 50/50-split third row folded down completely flat, there’s 48.4 cubic feet of space. The 60/40-split second row folds nearly completely flat to total 100.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Kelley Blue Book says, “If large three-row CUV practicality with a fair measure of Mazda ‘Zoom-Zoom’ character might be your cup of tea, take a look at the 2009 Mazda CX-9. Its combination of sporty looks, eager performance and people and cargo capacity should impress you.”
- Ford Flex – Styling-wise, you’ll either love it or hate it, but there’s no getting around the fact that the midsize 2010 crossover SUV offers ample cargo and passenger capacity – plus plenty of other attractive and affordable features. With seating for up to 7 passengers, Flex has 83.2 cubic feet of cargo volume. Every seat (except for the driver’s) folds flat. The standard 2nd-row bench comes with standard power-folding for the passenger’s side. With all seats in use, Flex provides 20 cubic feet of cargo space, and 43.2 cubic feet with the 3rd row folded down. Flex is an Edmunds Editors’ Most Wanted pick and an Automobile All Stars for two consecutive years. Consumer Guide comments: “The cargo area is vast. The load floor is completely flat with the seat backs folded, but collapsing the seats requires more steps and stretching than in most SUVs. In-cabin storage includes a roomy center console and small glove box.”
- Chevrolet Traverse – With class-leading cargo space of 116.4 cubic feet, the 2010 8-passenger midsize crossover SUV is a terrific family vehicle – and a great alternative to a minivan. Even with all three seating rows in use, there’s plenty of cargo space. Comfortable third-row seats – rare in this class – add to the impressive standard features list. Introduced in 2009, Traverse is getting a lot of consumer attention. Edmunds says, “Traverse boasts greater amounts of passenger and cargo space than a traditional large SUV while also delivering a more pleasant, car-like driving experience and superior fuel economy.”