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SUVs with the Most Cargo Space for 2024

These are the SUVs ranked by their maximum cargo volume based on iSeeCars' analysis of all new and used models within the last 5 years.

The subcompact SUV with the most cargo space is the Hyundai KONA (63.7 cubic ft), with the Mitsubishi Outlander being the small and compact SUV with the most cargo space (79.7 cubic ft). The Chevrolet Traverse ranks #1 for the midsize SUVs with the most cargo space (97.6 cubic ft).

The large SUV with the most cargo space is the Chevrolet Suburban (144.7 cubic ft) and the crossover SUV with the most cargo space is the Chevrolet Traverse Limited (98.2 cubic ft). Topping the list for the three-row SUVs with the most cargo space is the Chevrolet Suburban (144.7 cubic ft), while the Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid ranks first for the hybrid SUVs with the most cargo space (97.5 cubic ft).

The plug-in hybrid SUV with the most cargo space (PHEV) is the Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid (75.5 cubic ft), with the Rivian R1S being the electric SUV with the most cargo space (104.7 cubic ft).

Cargo capacity is one of the key reasons to purchase an SUV. With their taller, squared-off styling, SUVs offer more cargo room than a sedan or wagon, along with the added flexibility of having three rows of seats in midsize and full-size SUVs. Drivers can increase storage space in three-row models by folding the third-row seats down. They can also take full advantage of an SUV’s maximum cargo area offered behind the first row when folding the third and second rows down.

It should be noted that while the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has created a set of recommended practices for automakers to use when determining the maximum cubic feet of storage, there is no requirement that automakers follow these guidelines. This means comparing the cargo capacity of two or more SUVs may not represent a consistent methodology for how those numbers were derived. As an example, some automakers may measure cargo space from the floor to the top of the rear seats to not compromise rear visibility while others can measure from floor to roof to improve their cargo capacity number. And because automakers don’t disclose their measurement techniques there’s no way to know which automakers are using what technique to achieve their cargo capacity numbers.

This maximum cubic feet of cargo space is the metric used to rank SUVs on this page. Buyers seeking a combination of minivan-like passenger capacity and off-road capability should consider large or midsize models like the Chevy Traverse, Jeep Wagoneer or Nissan Armada. If a two-row SUV will satisfy your passenger needs you can get a midsize or smaller model, powered by a turbo four-cylinder or V6 engine offering better fuel efficiency, such as the Ford Edge or Honda Passport.

The best fuel economy figures are offered by compact and subcompact SUVs. These models may not have V8 engine options or as much cargo and towing capacity as larger SUVs, but they remain utility vehicles, with available all-wheel drive for inclement weather and foldable rear seats to maximize cargo capacity. Better still, their high mpg ratings make them cost-effective road trip vehicles, And in recent model years they’ve started to include everything from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to advanced safety features in their relatively low starting prices.

Below you can browse every SUV segment, with each model ranked by maximum cargo capacity.

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How We Rank These Cars

The Cars with the Most Cargo Space lists rank vehicles by their maximum cargo volume.

The maximum cargo space is the maximum cargo volume across all trim levels for a given vehicle model. In the event there is a tie, we use iSeeCars proprietary rating of the overall quality of the car (iSeeCars Score) to break the tie. It should be noted that while the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has created a set of recommended practices for automakers to use when determining maximum cargo capacity, there is no requirement that automakers follow these guidelines. This means comparing the cargo capacity of two or more vehicles may not represent a consistent methodology for how those numbers were derived. As an example, some automakers may measure cargo space from the floor to the top of the rear seats to not compromise rear visibility while others can measure from floor to roof to improve their cargo capacity number. And because automakers don’t disclose their measurement techniques there’s no way to know which automakers are using what technique to achieve their cargo capacity numbers.

The overall iSeeCars Score is an analysis of three factors: reliability, resale value and safety. It is calculated based on the latest research and analysis by our data science team. The data analysis comes from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with NHTSA and IIHS Safety Ratings.

Vehicles are scored in three categories:

Reliability

The reliability score represents an analysis of iSeeCars' proprietary research on the longest-lasting vehicles.

Value Retention

The value retention score is based on our data science team's statistical analysis and prediction of 5-year depreciation from MSRP to determine which cars hold their value best, using US Bureau of Labor Statistics data to adjust for inflation.

Safety

The safety score is calculated based on the last five years of crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and incorporates the latest Top Safety Pick information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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