When you’re looking for the best 3rd row SUVs with the most cargo room, you have to go full-size. There’s no getting around the fact that longer and wider gives automakers more opportunity to design in greater cargo capacity (and passenger comfort) in their biggest SUVs. There is a tradeoff in lower fuel economy, however, but if you need to haul people and stuff, full-size SUVs are the way to go.

Our top picks for Best 3rd Row SUVs with Most Cargo Room include:

  • Chevrolet SuburbanWith its 2nd row seats folded and 3rd row seats removed, the 2010 Chevrolet Suburban full-size SUV with seating for nine has a maximum cargo volume of 137.4 cubic feet. Cars.com says of the 2008 model that “cargo volume is where the Suburban really excels…behind the third row is 45.8 cubic feet of flat-floored storage space.” Again, you have to remove the 3rd row seats to gain the most cargo room. Edmunds hails the 2009 Suburban’s “class-leading cargo capacity, lots of standard and optional features, comfortable ride, smooth V8.” New Car Test Drive calls Suburban “the quintessential full-size SUV,” adding that it’s “big…strong…more luxurious.”
  • Ford Expedition ELThe truck-based 2010 Ford Expedition EL competes with the Chevrolet Suburban (also truck-based) in the full-size SUV category, seating up to nine across three rows of seats. Cars.com says “Thanks to an independent rear suspension, the third-row seat folds flat into the floor – a feature not offered in all competitors.” Standard on higher-trim models is a power-folding mechanism for seats in the third row. Maximum cargo capacity is 130.8 cubic feet. Edmunds says Expedition is “big, tall and heavy…and has been on the short list for full-size families [and] anyone who needs the combination of versatility and grunt provided by a large SUV.” Edmunds also notes negatives such as some interior plastics “have a cheap feel about them,” too many buttons on the center stack and outdated displays.
  • Cadillac Escalade ESVNow in its third generation, the full-size 2010 Cadillac Escalade ESV just may prove the adage that bigger is better. It’s more spacious than ever, comfortable and elegant at the same time. Edmunds says it’s “one of the better large luxury sport-utility vehicles out there,” and with the 3rd row removed and 2nd row folded flat, you get an “impressive 108.9 cubic feet” of cargo capacity. The downside is that the 3rd row has to be removed to gain the maximum space. U.S. News and World Report comments Escalade ESV’s capacity is “more than enough room to haul a large piece of furniture or take a couple of kids to college.”

Other possibilities for best 3rd row SUVs with most cargo room include GMC Yukon XL, Lexus LX 570, Lincoln Navigator L, and Nissan Armada.

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