One of the main selling points of every SUV is axiomatically its cargo capacity. This is where most sedans falter. And since with each new generation the compromise on performance for space in SUVs becomes decreasingly noticeable, it's understandable why the automotive market has lately been experiencing a steady shift in this segment's favor.
Naturally, with the need for more cargo capacity comes the need for a larger SUV, and the ones on this list truly explore the limits of how much a modern car can carry. Following are the 10 most spacious SUVs with the most gigantic cargo capacities currently available on the market.
10 2019 Nissan Armada
The new Armada offers a relatively affordable three-row SUV option boasting a nice balance of price, power, and quality. So, you might be happy to see that despite starting at about $47,000, the Armada provides a powerful 5.6L V8 cranking out 390 horsepower.
It doesn't cheap out on interior quality either; however, it's in the cargo capacity that the Armada really stuns. Sure the standard 16.5 cubic feet of the boot space are not that impressive, but that's where the last two rows of seats come to play - fold those down and you'll be left with a massive 95.4 cubic feet of ample space.
9 2019 Volkswagen Atlas
The new Atlas is a smart midsize sedan with a big secret: it straight up competes with the biggest full-size SUVs in terms of cargo capacity. Not only that, but it retains its affordable $30,000 price tag while doing so. Kudos to Volkswagen.
The Atlas normally seats seven people and packs 20.6 cubic feet of shopping bag space in the back, but throw out the last five and you're left with a maximum cargo capacity of 96.8 cubic feet. If the base 2.0L 235 horsepower seem too sluggish, for an extra 3 grand, you can opt for the 3.6L V6 and see the power rise to a respectable 276 horsepower to really pull the weight of the cargo you're carrying.
8 2019 Buick Enclave
The Enclave seats seven people across three rows and offers a respectable 23 cubic feet of cargo capacity. This places it among the more spacious midsize SUVs on the market. But the real magic happens when you fold down the last two rows, which frees up no less than 98 cubic feet.
With this in mind, it offers a similar deal to the Atlas; however, the heftier starting price of $40,000 also buys you a more refined driving experience courtesy of a 310-horsepower V6 connected to a nine-speed automatic.
7 2019 Chevrolet Traverse
Starting at $30,000, the 23 cubic feet of ample rear boot space already place the Traverse at the very top of the midsize SUV segment. However, with the last two seat rows down, the cargo capacity goes up to 98 cubic feet ...if transporting a Smart car in your trunk is something you're keen on.
With the less upscale interior and a slightly underpowered 255-horsepower four cylinder engine being the only downsides of this car, anyone looking for a quality, cargo-oriented SUV would consider the Traverse a real bargain.
6 2019 Lincoln Navigator L
Priced at a base $73,200, the Navigator is massive luxury SUV that covers almost every standard feature you can think of, while its leathery and wood-accented interior provides a comfortable ride for all 8 of its passengers. With the price comes a more-than-capable 450-horsepower twin-turbo 3.5L V6.
It's also the first car on this list to break the 100 cubic feet barrier when it comes to its cargo capacity. With all 8 people aboard, it offers a solid 19.3 cubic feet of bag space, while the maximum capacity with last two rows down climbs to a massive 103.3 cubic feet.
5 2019 Toyota Sequoia
For a full-size SUV like the Sequoia, spaciousness is no issue. Up to 8 people can comfortably enjoy the ride with 19 cubic feet of rear boot space behind them. And while those 19 feet are nothing to boast about, if you lower the last two seat rows in the Sequoia you'll find enough room to fit a fully grown elephant inside.
A maximum cargo capacity of 120 cubic inches places the new Sequoia among the very best cargo carriers, with only a handful of cars that can compete with it in terms of capacity. To make sure it carries all this weight, Toyota made the 381-horsepower V8 standard in all trims, the cheapest of which starts at just about $49,000.
4 2019 Cadillac Escalade ESV
Cadillac charges between $75,000 and $94,000 for the new Escalade, yet for that money it falls behind many of its rivals such as the Lincoln Navigator (also on this list) or even the significantly more expensive G-Class. Its interior is namely less comfortable, advanced, and spacious than that of its rivals.
Nevertheless, the Escalade has those two things that every large cargo carrier needs: space and power. In fact, at 19 feet in length, the Escalade ESV is one of the largest SUVs ever manufactured, and its total cargo capacity comes out at a whopping 120.9 cubic feet. Add to that a trademark 6.2L V8 engine churning out 420 horsepower capable of a class-leading towing power, and the Escalade's disadvantages become less noticeable.
3 2019 Ford Expedition Max
We wouldn't have guessed it, but the new Expedition is simply outstanding in everything it does. Starting at roughly $52,000, it manages to create a perfect blend of comfort, spaciousness, and performance that will leave all eight passengers smiling. And with the right bonus features, a buyer can turn this car into an straight-out Luxury SUV. Ford didn't cheap out on the engine either, integrating a powerful V6 producing 375 to 400 horsepower, depending on the trim.
But, what makes it that much more amazing is the attention to cargo capacity and functionality it boasts. Behind all eight seats is a decent 20.9 cubic feet of space, but fold the last two rows down and you have yourself a 121.5 cubic feet you just won't know what to do with.
2 2019 GMC Yukon XL
Matched only by one other full-size SUV, the GMC Yukon XL sits at the very top when it comes to cargo capacity. That said, while all seven (up to nine) seats are occupied, the 15.3 cubic feet of space are less than impressive, but with both of its rear rows down, the Yukon XL's 121.7 cubic feet make it spacious enough to move into.
In metric terms, this kind of space is equivalent to 3446 liters. Fill that area up with water and it's just about more than the giant Yukon XL weighs. Towing all of this potential cargo is a necessary 5.3L V8 providing 355 horsepower for the standard version and a 6.2L V8 producing 420 horses for the Denali trim.
1 2019 Chevrolet Suburban
Americans like their SUVs big and spacious, and it doesn't get any bigger than the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban. It is, in fact, so big that its biggest drawback is actually maneuverability due to its size. There are not many cars that can match its size and cargo capacity, and even fewer that make such good use of all the space.
Blurring the line between an SUV and a mini-bus, the Suburban seats up to 9 people, and the ample 39.3 cubic feet behind them is enough space to store the luggage for all of them. However, it's when the seats are down that the cargo capacity really shines, and like the Yukon XL, the Suburban offers an incredible 121.7 cubic feet of cargo area.