The roomiest SUVs in the country are just that: traditionally engineered sport utility vehicles that leverage body-on-frame construction for cargo capacities north of 100 cubic feet as well as three rows of seating for up to nine occupants. As a result, it’s those automakers that still sell such vehicles that dominate our list. On the other hand, that still leaves room for a surprising amount of variety. Also, customers who put maximum cargo space before all else may want to consider a minivan since, for comparison’s sake, our roomiest SUV tops out at just more than 130 cubic feet of cargo room while the Honda Odyssey, for example, provides 148.5.
10 Roomiest SUVs with Massive Cargo Capacities
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1) 2016 Ford Expedition EL — 130.8 cubic feet
Although both versions of the Blue Oval’s biggest SUV surpass our 100-cubic-foot floor, it’s the 2016 Ford Expedition EL — the extended-wheelbase model — that is literally the roomiest of Autobytel’s Roomiest SUVs. The tale of the tape here shows an amazing 130.8 cubic feet of gear space when the vehicle’s second and third rows are folded out of the way, with that total marking a healthy 22.5-cubic-foot advantage over the standard Expedition’s 108.3 cubic feet. Alternatively, the Expedition can hold up to eight occupants with second- and third-row bench seating, or fit seven with the available second-row bucket seats, while providing many of the expected Ford technologies, including the SYNC 3 infotainment system, blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, and a 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine.
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2) 2016 Lincoln Navigator L — 128.2 cubic feet
Long on luxury as well as just long, the 2016 Lincoln Navigator L is second on the Roomiest SUVs lineup with a 128.2-cubic-foot cargo hold; the standard Navigator comes in at 103.3 cubic feet, and if that model were listed separately, it would have been the 11th roomiest SUV overall. Like the Expedition, the Navigator benefits from an EcoBoost engine for 2016, but with 380 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque for the Lincoln, there’s an extra 15 horses and 40 lb.-ft. of torque on tap, along with a best-in-class tow rating of 9,000 lbs.
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3) 2016 Chevrolet Suburban — 121.1 cubic feet
The roomiest of GM’s Roomiest SUVs is the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, backed by a cargo maximum of 121.1 cubic feet and — thanks to available front-row bench seating — an occupant maximum of nine people. (For the curious, that cargo capacity is about 26 cubic feet more than that available in the Chevrolet Tahoe, which is essentially the Suburban’s regular-wheelbase counterpart.) Now, the Suburban does trail its biggest Ford and Lincoln rivals by a noticeable number of cubic feet. But folks also should keep in mind that the Suburban is a next-gen entry that was all-new for the 2015 model year and features cutting-edge content, including a Wi-Fi hotspot with 4G LTE connectivity, a hands-free powered liftgate, a first-in-segment front-center airbag, side blind zone alert, lane change alert, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and crash-imminent braking.
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4) 2016 GMC Yukon XL — 121.1 cubic feet
It’s the details that make the difference with our next member of the Roomiest SUVs roster. Consider: The 2016 GMC Yukon XL does share its underpinnings with the Chevy Suburban, but then provides the Professional Grade advantage for a more premium ownership experience. However, it’s one that still serves up 121.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity, enhanced by available power-folding seats, a gear-management system and two powered rear liftgates: one with multiple pre-programmed height settings and one with “smart” hands-free operation. Like all the GM choices, the Yukon XL showcases OnStar’s mobile Wi-Fi technology, and the Yukon XL Denali also remains available, boasting the same impressive load limits as well as a 6.2-liter V8 engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, active noise cancellation and magnetic ride control suspension.
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5) 2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV — 120.8 cubic feet
Combining luxurious comfort with the ability to swallow a full 120.8 cubic feet of freight, the 2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV is perhaps the most premium choice among our Roomiest SUVs. Along with the Escalade proper, the extended-wheelbase ESV was introduced as part of the fourth-generation lineup, and both versions offer the full range of Cadillac technologies and premium amenities, as well as a crisp and striking design that’s set off by a dazzling display of exterior LED lighting. Up front, for example, the all-LED headlights showcase exclusive “Total Internal Reflection” high beams, while the rear incorporates massive LED “light blades” that run the full height of the vehicle. Right between them: A standard hands-free powered liftgate that provides easy access to the ESV’s massive cargo hold, which is then enhanced by a standard power-folding third row and fold-flat second row.
6) 2016 Toyota Sequoia — 120.1 cubic feet
With more than enough cargo capacity to qualify as one of the Roomiest SUVs of the year, the 2016 Toyota Sequoia also satisfies drivers with surprisingly nimble handling. In fact, Toyota touts a turning circle of just 38 feet for the full-size Sequoia, and that’s despite a 205.1-inch footprint and enough space to handle 120.1 cubic feet of stuff. Other notable numbers here include 5.6, 381 and 401, representing the liters of displacement, horsepower and torque rating of the Sequoia’s V8 engine, which further provides enough motivation to tow up to 7,400 lbs. Also, even though this is one of the older vehicles among our roomy royalty, Toyota has updated it with available content like navigation, smartphone integration, a rear-seat Blu-ray-capable entertainment system, and a premium cabin with perforated leather seating and a heated and cooled front row.
7) 2016 Chevrolet Traverse — 116.3 cubic feet
The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse has the distinction of being the roomiest crossover among the Roomiest SUVs, and that was Chevy’s plan right from the start. GM’s big 3-row crossovers were specifically designed as minivan alternatives, so hauling heaps of cargo is part of their DNA. More to the point, the Traverse tallies 116.3 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the first row of seats, for a 21-cubic-foot lead over the similarly sized Chevy Tahoe “real” SUV. Another difference is that the Traverse serves up all that open space while leveraging unibody construction for a more efficient and car-like ride than found in typical SUVs, complemented in this case by seating for eight, Chevy MyLink infotainment (now with Siri Eyes Free functionality), and safety measures such as forward collision alert, lane departure warning, a rearview camera, side blind zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert.
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8) 2016 GMC Acadia — 116.1 cubic feet
The 2016 GMC Acadia relies on some nifty packaging to achieve its place on the Roomiest SUVs roster. With a length of 200.8 inches, the big 3-row crossover actually counts as relatively small here, but even though it’s a mere .2 inches longer than our littlest choice, the Mazda CX-9, the Acadia manages to make room for an additional 15.4 cubic feet of gear. That works out to a 116.1-cubic-foot cargo hold for the Acadia, even in the premium Denali trim. But that model also adds plenty of premium style cues, including perforated leather seating (with a heated and cooled front row), a leather-wrapped steering wheel (accented by mahogany inserts), advanced infotainment technology (like Color Touch navigation), significant noise-reduction measures, and safety features such as side blind zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert.
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9) 2017 Buick Enclave — 115.2 cubic feet
Better known for its curvaceous design and elegant appointments, the 2017 Buick Enclave also has what it takes to earn a spot on the Roomiest SUVs honor roll. Namely, a maximum cargo capacity of 115.2 cubic along with 3-row seating for up to eight adults. And yes, even in an interior that large, the brand’s signature Quiet Tuning works to provide a clearly quieter environment than in many of the Enclave’s rivals. That environment also benefits from the debut of a heated wood steering wheel that is standard on both the Leather and Premium Enclave trims. A standard Wi-Fi hot spot joined the equipment list for 2016.
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10) 2016 Ford Expedition — 108.3 cubic feet
The standard-wheelbase version of our top contender in the Roomiest SUVs category just makes the cutoff. The 2016 Ford Expedition features the same interior appointments and mechanical prowess as the Expedition EL — it’s just a bit shorter. The same EcoBoost engine that’s found in the Expedition EL provides power, along with the same convenience features. The third-row seats fold flat in the floor, and a hands-free power liftgate is available, to make it easier to load and unload.