Any of the six vehicles we tested for the $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge can swallow a generous dose of Little League equipment, potting soil, groceries or whatever you can imagine in the cargo area. When shopping for an SUV, it's important to remember that a big exterior doesn't mean it will have a huge cargo area.
The difference in cargo room between the smallest (Murano, 64 cubic feet) and largest (Sorento, 72.5 cubic feet) spanned 8.5 cubic feet in the SUVs' maximum cargo configuration and 5.3 cubic feet (also Murano and Sorento) behind the rear seat. Specifications only tell half the story, so check out the photos below of each SUV we tested to compare cargo areas that may have similar volume measurements but will differ in depth, width and body and wheel-well intrusions.
2013 Ford Edge
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2014 Kia Sorento
2013 Nissan Murano
2013 Toyota Venza
Story by Joe Bruzek, photos by Evan Sears for Cars.com.