A woman preparing to put bags in the cargo area of her car.

Whether it’s for holding groceries or carting the kids to weekend activities, cargo room is a key shopping consideration for many consumers. But manufacturer claims don’t always reflect real-world utility. Our tests show that the vehicles below have the most room in their respective categories.

Cargo Space in Wagons, SUVs & Minivans

We measure it by determining the volume of an expanding pipe-frame box that we fit through the rear opening and extend into the cargo bay as far as possible (with the second and third rows folded), making sure the hatch can still be closed. Vehicles are ranked from most to least volume within category. 

Trunk Capacity

We measure it by seeing how many suitcases and duffel bags a trunk can accommodate. Vehicles are listed alphabetically within luggage capacity category.

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the April 2019 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.