Luxury Midsized SUVs With the Most Cargo Room
These two- and three-row models have comfortable, quiet interiors and plenty of space for when you shop or travel
Luxury SUVs promise to deliver the go-anywhere, do-anything lifestyle of a mainstream sport utility vehicle, but with more style, increased comfort, and nicer accommodations. Basically, they’ll take you and your bags on vacation, or bring home items from a big-box store, in first-class rather than in coach.
And with the popularity of leasing, and the growth of the SUV market, there are dozens of models to choose from, with automakers all touting how their model can carry a family of five (or even seven) in luxury along with their belongings. But, like mainstream SUVs (some of which the luxe models are based on), 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. And luxury models tend to have more carpeting, interior panels, and sound-absorbing material in the cabin, which take up precious cargo room.
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.)