Large SUVs That Can Hold the Most Cargo

These mainstream and luxury models have the most usable storage room, according to CR's tests

The cargo area of a Chevy Suburban Photo: Chevrolet

For large and extended families that routinely take long driving trips, a large or full-sized SUV is often the only vehicle that can fulfill their needs. Midsized SUVs work for up to five occupants, but when all three rows are in use, cargo room is severely limited. A few folding chairs and a soft-sided bag or two may be the most that can be squeezed in.

Large SUVs don’t suffer from that problem, particularly the extended-length ones. From going on vacation to dropping a child off at college, these models can swallow up all your belongings while carrying the whole family—and often when also towing a trailer.

Automakers are happy to play to this need, readily highlighting the overall luggage capacity of their offerings. However, not all of that generous-sounding cargo room is necessarily usable space. Having a lot of space doesn’t do much good if the cargo opening is narrow, short, or oddly shaped. 

At Consumer Reports, we evaluate cargo room differently. For SUVs, we use an expandable rectangular pipe-frame “box.” We enlarge it enough to just fit through the rear opening and extend it into the cargo bay as far as possible without preventing the hatch from closing. Cargo capacity is the volume enclosed by that box. This gives consumers a better idea of the cargo they can fit in the back, whether it’s luggage for a trip, a new dishwasher, or a big-screen TV coming home from the electronics store. (Learn more about how Consumer Reports tests cars.)

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Below, we’ve identified six large SUVs that have the most usable cargo room based on our testing process. They’re ranked in order of cubic feet of cargo room with both rows folded down, with the top performer first. Though there are other large SUVs that we’ve tested, their usable cargo room is less than that of the best midsized SUVs.

We also indicate whether they come with forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB), and blind spot warning (BSW) as standard or optional equipment. Note that not every vehicle is recommended. This may be because of below-average reliability or a too-low Overall Score.

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