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If you want a mainstream vehicle to handle the most in-cabin cargo, there’s nothing quite like a minivan. They can carry more inside than even the biggest full-size sport-utility vehicles.
The thing is, minivans are, well, minivans. If you’re like most people, their typically bland design isn’t going to make up for any of their other benefits for you. That’s why we’ve found you the 10 roomiest SUVs with massive cargo capacities. You can count on these rides for some of the industry’s most spacious storage areas. But they deliver the bold aggressive style you can only get with an SUV. Since we’re talking about real body-on-frame models, you can also enjoy more off-road capability and higher tow ratings than for minivans. SUVs can be more luxurious, too.
When it comes to the roomiest SUVs with massive cargo capacities, we’re talking about serious body-on-frame vehicles with at least 90 cubic feet of maximum storage space. This is almost 30 percent more cargo space than in the most popular compact crossover.
Setting the bar today: the 2020 Toyota 4Runner. The mid-size 4Runner can fit 9 cubic feet of gear behind its third-row seat, 46 cubic feet behind its second row, and 90 cubic feet in all. For passengers, the 4Runner stands out with more third-row legroom than many bigger SUVs on our list. A stylish new Nightshade special edition is also available, while the TRD Pro version gains extra off-road capability with a new suspension package bolstered by Fox internal-bypass shocks.
The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe is a full-size SUV with three rows of seating and 94.7 cubic feet of storage when the second and third rows are folded. The Tahoe also has up to 54 cubic feet of cargo space with the third row removed, and it provides a 15.3-cubic-foot rear cargo hold even when all seats are filled. As a result, you can carry up to nine people and still have as much “trunk space” as a mid-size sedan.
The Tahoe carries a lot of technology as well. You can order models with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, mobile Wi-Fi, Bose audio, and safety measures like automatic forward emergency braking.
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Some of the roomiest SUVs with massive cargo capacities can showcase high levels of luxury. Consider the 2020 Infiniti QX80, another full-size body-on-frame choice with three rows of seating. On the one hand, depending on how many of those seats are being used, the QX80 can supply from 16.6 to 95.1 cubic feet of storage room.
Yet this is the flagship of Infiniti’s SUV family, not just any old cargo hauler. With that in mind, you can dress up its cavernous interior with sophisticated materials like open-pore ash wood trim and semi-aniline leather upholstery. The QX80 also checks in with its share of sophisticated driver-assistance technologies, highlighted by automatic emergency braking for both forward and reverse situations.
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A number of the roomiest SUVs with massive cargo capacities share their platforms. For example, the Infiniti QX80 that we just mentioned rides on the same platform as the 2020 Nissan Armada.
The many differences between the two are reflected in areas like maximum cargo space, where the Armada has a tad more than its upscale corporate cousin. The Armada starts off with a 16.5-cubic-foot cargo hold behind its third row. Once you fold that row, the Armada’s cargo capacity more than doubles, to 49.9 cubic feet. Nissan’s biggest SUV maxes out with 95.4 cubic feet of storage when you fold both the second and third rows. The Armada also boasts a massive amount of driver-assistance technology that includes a camera-based rearview mirror.
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Although it’s not the absolute leader among the roomiest SUVs with massive cargo capacity, the 2020 Toyota Sequoia is probably No. 1 for packaging. That’s because the Sequoia — despite being shorter in length by a few inches — serves up 26 percent more overall storage space than the Nissan Armada.
Toyota’s full-sizer can fit a whopping 120.1 cubic feet of stuff behind its front row of seats. With its first two rows occupied, the Sequoia provides 66.6 cubic feet of storage, which is almost as much as the total cargo capacity of a Ford Escape compact crossover. Finally, you can deploy all three rows of seating to allow the Sequoia to hold eight people and 18.1 cubic feet of storage at the same time.
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Like the Infiniti QX80, the 2020 Lincoln Navigator shares some hardware with a mainstream entry — in this case the Ford Expedition. However, unlike Infiniti, Lincoln lets you choose between two Navigator sizes to best meet your exact needs.
The standard Navigator itself is no slouch among the roomiest SUVs with massive cargo capacities. It has 103.3 cubic feet of total cargo volume, while the Navigator L sits on a longer wheelbase for 120.2 cubic feet of maximum storage space. The Navigator L also allows for 34.3 cubic feet of space aft of the third row, plus 73.3 cubic feet behind the second. Completely redesigned just last year, the Navigator further brings all of Lincoln’s lavish luxury cues — and a 450-horsepower twin-turbo engine.
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General Motors also provides an example of how platform-sharing helps support the roomiest SUVs with massive cargo capacities. The 2020 Cadillac Escalade and the Chevrolet Tahoe we covered earlier, along with the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon we’ll cover shortly, are all based on the same robust high-strength frame.
Cadillac actually uses that foundation for both the Escalade and Escalade ESV, which deliver the same high-tech, high-luxury features in two different sizes. The Escalade proper tops out with an impressive 94.2 cubic feet of overall cargo room, while the ESV — since it’s 20 inches longer — takes things to the next level with 120.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity. This includes 39.3 cubic feet aft of the third row and 76.7 behind the second.
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The 2020 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL follow in the tire tracks of the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV. For the Yukon, that means you can get up to 94.7 cubic feet of cargo inside when you fold down all the backs seats.
The Yukon XL lives up to its name with fuller than full-size dimension inside and out. In the cabin, that translates into 39.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity with all seats in use, 76.7 cubic feet with the first and second rows occupied, and 121.1 cubic feet in all. It’s also worth noting that the high-end Denali trims have the same storage measurements as their “regular” Yukon and Yukon XL counterparts, so all are among the roomiest SUVs with massive cargo capacities.
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The roomiest SUVs with massive cargo capacities also include the 2020 Ford Expedition and Expedition Max. These are the corporate cousins to the Lincoln duo, but the Blue Oval versions boast a bit more room for packing up.
In the Expedition Max, you can load the rear cargo hold with 34.3 cubic feet of gear, fold the third row for 73.3 cubic feet, and squeeze in 121.5 cubic feet of cargo behind the first row. The cargo capacity of the standard Expedition can be expanded to 104.6 cubic feet if you open up the entire rear load space. Additionally, both the Expedition and the Expedition Max — and most of the other roomiest SUVs with massive cargo capacities — offer popular cargo-carrying resources like a hands-free tailgate.
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The last of our roomiest SUVs with massive cargo capacity isn’t just the largest, but it’s also the one with the longest history. Indeed, the Chevrolet Suburban represents the oldest continuously running nameplate in the entire auto industry. Chevy has been selling them without a break since 1935. That’s when the Suburban Carryall debuted as a commercial vehicle designed to transport miners.
The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban — essentially the long-wheelbase model of the Chevy Tahoe — has now grown to the point where it can fit 121.7 cubic feet of groceries and/or gear behind its front seats. Today’s Suburban also offers 76.7 cubic feet of storage behind the second row, and it has a 39.3-cubic-foot rear cargo hold with all seats in place.
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