Looking for the best midsize SUVs with most cargo space? There are many midsize SUVs to choose from in today’s marketplace, but only a few that boast the highest cargo capacity in total cubic feet. To get those numbers, you need to factor in the 2nd and 3rd row seats folded down, however. But a few of the top picks get better cargo capacity than their major class competitors with all passengers in place or with the 2nd or 3rd row folded down or removed.
Here are our three top picks for Best Midsize SUVs With Most Cargo Space and, yes, all three are from General Motors and share the same platform:
- GMC Acadia – The 2010 midsize SUV, with seating for 7 or 8-passengers, offers best-in-class interior space along with the cargo capacity of a full-size SUV. Cargo volume, with 2nd and 3rd row seats folded is 116.9 cubic feet. With the 2nd row up and 3rd row folded, Acadia has 68.90 cubic feet of volume. Cargo volume behind the 3rd row is 24.1 cubic feet. Kelley Blue Book says, “If you need lots of room to haul people and cargo but hate the look of a minivan, you’ll like the 2010 GMC Acadia. It combines a large usable interior and good gas mileage with attractive SUV-like exterior styling…The interior’s usability is enhanced with numerous cup holders, storage spaces and additional storage beneath the rear cargo area.”
- Chevrolet Traverse – You could call the 2010 the entry-level midsize SUV, price-wise, between siblings GMC Acadia and . With standard 8-passenger seating, Chevrolet Traverse boasts 116.4 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s 30 percent more cargo room than Honda Pilot and 25 percent more cargo space than . It’s also 21 cubic feet more than . Chevy says that even with all 8 passengers in place, Traverse has the most space behind the third row than Pilot or Highlander. And 3rd-row passengers have more legroom. Here’s Consumer Guide on Traverse’s cargo space: “A strong point. There’s more usable space behind the raised 3rd-row seat than in most midsize SUVs, plus a handy under floor compartment. Both the 2nd and 3rd row seats fold forward easily, though not completely flat. Several bins and cubbies provide ample interior storage.”
- Buick Enclave – Just slightly behind Acadia and Traverse in overall cargo volume, the 7- or 8-passenger 2010 Buick Enclave provides 115.1 cubic feet. Enclave is a great family vehicle that delivers a smooth, responsive car-like ride and ultra-quiet interior. In essence, consumers get luxury features for an affordable price. Edmunds comments: “Enclave is one of the roomiest crossover SUVs on the market. There are 19 cubic feet of usable space behind the third-row seat, 68 cubic feet with the third row’s 60/40 sections folded into the floor; however some agility is still required to get back there, and the Enclave’s third row is more claustrophobic than the Ford Flex’s.”