Which SUVs, Minivans and Sedans Have the Most Cargo Space?

infiniti-qx55-2022-01-interior-rear-cargo-space-measurement photo by Christian Lantry’s editors have made passing references in car reviews and elsewhere that we’d begun our own effort to measure vehicle cargo spaces. Now we’ve methodically recorded enough of them to begin sharing the results en masse. We’re far from filling out every vehicle class, but we have enough to highlight a few that we’ll call the best until something else unseats them.

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We give far more details in the article linked above, but we’ll emphasize that we undertook this program because we’ve found ordinary cargo specifications to be inconsistent at best and suspect at worst. To be clear, these numbers, even when they appear on third-party resources like, are almost without exception manufacturer-supplied. The automotive industry relies heavily on self-reporting and self-certification, on everything from safety and efficiency assurances to specs like these — based on guidelines from the federal government and standardizing bodies like SAE International. Varying interpretations alone are enough to inject error in the results, even if you trust that the individuals who work for one automaker can be unfailingly objective.

By all means, use the specs found elsewhere on our site, or on manufacturer or dealer sites. But you might also want to check out independent results from editors, who ensure consistency not only from brand to brand, but between enclosed trunks and the open compartments in hatchbacks and SUVs — a puzzling fault in the SAE standard that uses different methodologies for trunks and hatches, yielding results that can’t be compared reliably. 

Quick Tips for Using the Specifications Below

Don’t compare and manufacturer specs. We believe’s volume measurements compare consistently across sedans, coupes, SUVs and anything else with a liftgate, and we think they represent how normal people use their vehicles. But comparing them to manufacturer-supplied specs isn’t meaningful. 

Trunks run high, hatches low. The manufacturer standard greatly underestimates trunk volume, so’s numbers are consistently higher. Conversely, our numbers for anything with a liftgate will seem low compared to what automakers publicize because we measure to the top of the rear seatback (this maintains rear visibility and helps prevent cargo from becoming projectiles in a crash). A large item that extends above this plane certainly occupies more space. Many trunks achieve similar ends with a folding backseat.

There’s no “maximum” cargo volume. We don’t provide a “maximum” cargo volume, often cited as space behind the first row that includes volume when the second row or backseat of any hatchback, SUV or van is folded flat. This is simply because we haven’t developed a method we believe is reliable and consistent enough to account for the complex shapes involved (but we haven’t given up). In the meantime, if you rely on manufacturer-supplied maximum figures, remember that they can be compared only to other manufacturer specs, not the numbers below.

Volume may vary by trim level. We list the model year and trim level tested below. We believe all 2020 results shown here are accurate for the 2021 model year. Different trim levels can result in volume differences due to equipment like spare tires, audio equipment and adjustable floors.

Other areas are broken out. A handful of models have major additional storage areas. Vehicles without engines under the hood, for example, sometimes provide a front trunk (or “frunk”) in that area. And some models, like Chrysler’s minivans, furnish underfloor compartments in the passenger area. We measure those spaces, too, but rather than combining them into any volumes from the traditional cargo area cited, we’ve appended the results with a separate volume spec and footnote.

Small SUVs

Make, Model Model Year, Trim Level Tested* Space Behind Backseat (Cubic Feet) Space Behind Third Row (Cubic Feet)
Hyundai Tucson Hybrid 2022 Limited 21.7
Kia Sportage Hybrid 2023 EX 21.7
Hyundai Tucson 2022 Limited 21.5
Honda CR-V 2021 Touring 21.5
Honda CR-V 2023 Touring hybrid 21.4
Tesla Model Y 2021 Long Range 20.9+2.9†
Tesla Model Y 2021 Long Range 20.8+2.9† 9.9 (lid in flat position)
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 2022 Limited 20.7
Infiniti QX55 2022 Sensory 20.6
Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 SEL R-Line 20.3
Honda CR-V Hybrid 2021 Touring 19.6
Nissan Rogue 2021 Platinum 19.3
Toyota bZ4X 2023 XLE 19.2
Hyundai Ioniq 5 2022 Limited 19.1
Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe 2020 AMG GLC43 18.9
Volkswagen ID.4 2021 1st Edition 18.9
Toyota RAV4 Prime 2021 SE 18.7
Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid 2022 Limited 18.5
Acura RDX 2022 2.0T Advance Package with A-Spec 18.3
Lexus NX 2022 350 18.3
Subaru Forester 2021 Sport 18.2
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2022 Rubicon 392 18.2
Mazda CX-50 2023 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus 18.1
Mazda CX-5 2021 Signature 17.9
Kia EV6 2022 GT-Line 17.7
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe plug-in hybrid 2021 4xe 17.7
Volvo XC40 Recharge 2021 Recharged P8 17.7
Lexus NX 450h Plus 2022 F Sport 17.3
Nissan Rogue 2021 SV 17.1
Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid 2021 Recharge T8 Inscription 16.8
Mercedes-EQ EQB 2023 EQB300 16.4
Nissan Ariya 2023 e4orce Platinum+ 16.4
Kia Seltos 2021 SX 16.3
Genesis GV70 2022 Sport Prestige 16.2
Jeep Compass 2022 Limited 16.0
Ford Mustang Mach-E 2021 Premium 15.9+2.0†
Lexus NX 2021 300h Luxury 15.9
Toyota Venza 2021 XLE 15.2
Volkswagen Taos 2022 SE 15.2
Toyota Corolla Cross 2022 XLE 14.2
Buick Envision 2021 Essence 14.1
Lincoln Corsair 2021 Reserve 14.1
Ford Bronco Sport 2021 Badlands 13.9
Mazda CX-30 2020 Premium 13.7
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 2021 GLA250 13.5
Chevrolet Trailblazer 2021 RS 13.5
Chevrolet Bolt EUV 2022 Premier 13.3
Subaru Crosstrek 2021 Limited 13.0
Alfa Romeo Tonale 2024 Ti 11.2
Hyundai Kona 2022 Limited 10.9
Lexus UX 2020 250h hybrid 9.1

†Volume measured in front trunks

Mid-Size 2-Row SUVs

Make, Model Model Year, Trim Level Tested* Space Behind Backseat (Cubic Feet)
Hyundai Santa Fe 2021 Calligraphy 25.3
Genesis GV80 two-row 2021 Prestige 23.5
Ford Bronco 2022 Raptor 22.3
Kia Sportage 2023 X-Pro Prestige 21.9
Mercedes-EQ EQS SUV 2023 EQS450+ 21.7
Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport 2021 SEL Premium 20.7
Honda Passport 2022 TrailSport 20.6
BMW iX 2023 M60 20.3
Cadillac XT5 2022 Premium Luxury 20.3
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022 Summit Reserve 20.3
Audi SQ8 2020 Prestige 20.2
Subaru Outback 2022 Wilderness Edition 19.6

Mid-Size 3-Row SUVs

Make, Model Model Year, Trim Level Tested* Space Behind Second Row (Cubic Feet) Space Behind Third Row (Cubic Feet)
Volkswagen Atlas 2021 SEL Premium 29.9 14.0
Volkswagen Atlas 2021 SEL 2.0T 29.8 14.5
Hyundai Palisade 2020 Limited 26.2 11.2
Infiniti QX60 2022 Autograph 25.5 9.9
Nissan Pathfinder 2022 Platinum 24.1 8.4
Toyota Highlander 2021 XSE 24.0 8.6
Mazda CX-9 2021 Signature 23.7 9.8
Acura MDX 2022 Advance 23.6 11.1
Subaru Ascent 2022 Onyx Edition 23.6 10.3
Mazda CX-90 2024 Turbo Premium Plus 23.1 8.4
Lincoln Aviator 2020 Reserve 23.1 10.5
Honda Pilot 2023 TrailSport 23.0 11.5
Kia Sorento 2021 SX Prestige 22.1 6.6
Genesis GV80 three-row 2021 Advanced + 22.1 6.8
Jeep Grand Cherokee L 2021 Summit Reserve 22.0 10.9
Dodge Durango 2021 SRT 392 21.8 9.4
Mitsubishi Outlander 2022 SEL 19.2 6.9
Land Rover Discovery 2021 R Dynamic S 18.7 4.6
Lexus GX 460 2022 Black Line 18.5 3.2

Full-Size SUVs

Make, Model Model Year, Trim Level Tested* Space Behind Backseat/Second Row (Cubic Feet) Space Behind Third Row (Cubic Feet)
Chevrolet Suburban 2021 High Country 41.8 23.0
Jeep Grand Wagoneer 2022 Series III 38.9 17.2
Jeep Wagoneer 2022 Series III 36.6 16.4
Cadillac Escalade 2021 Platinum 30.9 13.2
Toyota Land Cruiser two-row 2021 Heritage Edition 30.5 N/A
GMC Yukon 2021 AT4 30.3 12.9
Chevrolet Tahoe 2021 Z71 30.3 12.8
Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid 2024 Limited 26.0 14.5
Nissan Armada 2021 SL 24.0 10.4
Toyota Sequoia 2023 Platinum 22.0 10.7


Make, Model Model Year, Trim Level Tested* Space Behind Second Row (Cubic Feet) Space Behind Third Row (Cubic Feet)
Kia Carnival 2022 SX 45.5 23.0
Toyota Sienna 2021 XSE with Super Long Slide seats midway back 44.6 21.7
Chrysler Pacifica 2021 Limited 41.6+3.2†† 17.6+3.2††
Honda Odyssey 2021 Elite 41.6 21.1
Toyota Sienna 2021 XSE with Super Long Slide seats fully back 32.6 21.7

††Volume measured in underfloor Stow ‘n Go compartments

Small Cars

Make, Model Model Year, Trim Level Tested* Space Behind Backseat (Cubic Feet)
Toyota Corolla sedan 2020 XSE 19.1
Hyundai Elantra sedan 2021 SEL Premium 19.0
Honda Civic sedan 2020 Touring 18.8
Nissan Sentra 2020 SV 18.8
Honda Civic sedan 2022 Touring 18.1
Ford Mustang coupe 2021 Mach 1 Premium 17.0
Nissan Kicks 2021 SR 16.9
Honda Civic hatchback 2022 Sport Touring 16.5
Acura Integra 2024 Type S 15.5
Kia Niro EV 2023 Wave 15.0+0.5†
Lexus RC coupe 2021 350 F Sport 15.0
Kia Niro 2023 SX 15.0
Cadillac CT4 2020 CT4-V 13.7
Audi RS 3 2022 2.5L 13.4
Genesis G70 2022 3.3T Sport Prestige 13.4
Mazda3 hatchback 2021 Premium 13.1
Toyota Prius 2021 XLE 13.1
Audi A3 2022 Premium Plus 12.8

†Volume measured in front trunks

Mid-Size Cars

Make, Model Model Year, Trim Level Tested* Space Behind Backseat (Cubic Feet)
Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon 2022 E450 All-Terrain 21.1
Tesla Model S 2022 Plaid 20.9
Kia K5 2021 EX 20.3
Honda Accord Hybrid 2021 Touring 19.9
Hyundai Sonata 2021 Limited 19.8
Toyota Camry 2021 TRD 19.4
Volvo V90 Cross Country 2022 B6 18.9
Volkswagen Passat 2021 R-Line 18.5
Mazda6 2021 Signature 18.4
BMW 5 Series 2021 540i Premium M Sport 17.9
Genesis G80 2021 Prestige 3.5T 16.1
Kia Stinger 2022 GT-Line 2.5T 15.1
Cadillac CT5 2020 Premium Luxury 13.3
Mercedes-EQ EQE 2023 EQE350 13.1
Genesis Electrified G80 2023 12.9
Karma GS-6 2021 Luxury 7.4

Full-Size Cars

Make, Model Model Year, Trim Level Tested* Space Behind Backseat (Cubic Feet)
Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan 2021 S580 17.4
BMW 8 Series 2023 840i Gran Coupe xDrive 14.0

*Though some tested vehicles were earlier models, we believe all 2020 results shown are accurate for the 2021 model year. Different trim levels can result in volume differences due to equipment like spare tires, audio equipment and adjustable floors.

Editor’s note: This story was updated July 17, 2023.

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