If you need more room in your vehicle to carry stuff, you’ll probably do best by looking for Best Large SUVs with Most Cargo Space. In general, the more passenger-carrying capability an SUV has, the larger the cargo capacity – but not always. It depends on how the rear seats fold or stow (or need to be removed). Here are a few choices you may want to consider:
- Cadillac Escalade – With seating for 8 passengers, the 2010 and Escalade ESV offer loads of cargo capacity for consumers who need this in a family hauler. As Kelley Blue Book comments: “If your driving life demands plenty of room for people plus cargo, along with luxury amenities and a brash aura, the Escalade could be your breed of SUV.” Escalade also benefits from plenty of power for its people/cargo-carrying capacity with potent 403-hp 6.2-liter V8 engine mated to 6-speed automatic transmission. As for cargo volume, here are the numbers: 16.9 cubic feet of space behind 3rd-row seats, 60.3 cubic feet of space with it removed, and overall cargo volume (2nd-row folded and 3rd-row removed) of 108.9 cubic feet. Opt for the Escalade ESV, and there’s 45.8 cubic feet behind row 3, 90 cubic feet of space with it removed, and 137.4 cubic feet with the 2nd row removed.
- Chevrolet Suburban – In the purest sense, the 2010 is the least expensive of the GM large SUVs. In terms of most cargo space, it’s tied with the Escalade ESV with overall cargo volume of 137.4 cubic feet (with 2nd– and 3rd-row seats removed). The manufacturer claims Suburban beats and handily in maximum cargo capacity – a fact easily verified by a look at the competitors’ technical specs. Edmunds says, “The 2010 Chevrolet Suburban is a compelling choice for those who need a traditional full-size SUV with massive passenger, cargo and towing capacities.” Furthermore, it seats up to 9 people, boasts many standard and optional features, a comfortable ride, and two smooth V8 power plants.
- Ford Expedition EL – Directly competing with the Chevrolet Suburban (and an in-house competitor to the more upscale and expensive ), the 2010 provides 130.8 cubic feet of cargo volume vs. 108.3 cubic feet in the regular Expedition. Single power plant is a 310-hp 5.4-liter V8 mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Consumer Guide remarks: “Second- and 3rd-row seat backs fold flat into the floor, creating a vast storage area. The available power-folding 3rd row is a convenience that saves awkward stretching….Expedition is a Best Buy for those who genuinely need the power and space of a large truck-type SUV.”
- Infiniti QX56 – According to the manufacturer, with the 2nd and 3rd row seats folded down and the center console removed, provides a flat load surface that can accommodate up to 91.7 cubic feet of cargo space. There’s also a fold-forward front passenger seat and 60/40-split power-folding 3rd-row seat for maximum flexibility and convenience. While there’s plenty of cargo space, Infiniti QX56 trails that of key competitors for Best Large SUVs with Most Cargo Space. Here’s what Edmunds has to say: “The QX56 provides 97 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity – more than the GL-Class but less than the Escalade and Sequoia.”