SUVs With the Most Cargo Space in 2020

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2020 Ford Expedition

2020 Ford Expedition / Photo Credit: Ford

15 SUVs With the Most Cargo Space in 2020

Key: Vehicle | Max. cargo space in cubic feet | Used listings

1. (tie) Chevrolet Suburban


2020 Chevrolet Suburban

2020 Chevrolet Suburban / Photo Credit: Chevrolet

  • Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 121.7 cu ft
  • 2020 Base Price: $52,995 (including destination charge)

The Suburban has more overall cargo space than any other SUV on the market, aside from its corporate cousin, the GMC Yukon XL. All of its seats fold flat to expose a convenient cargo area. Behind the third row, you’ll find 39.3 cubic feet. If you fold the third row down, there’s 76.7 cubic feet behind the second row.

The Suburban boasts an upscale interior, two strong V8 engine options, and intuitive infotainment technology. You have to add a package to get advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS).

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1. (tie) GMC Yukon XL


2020 GMC Yukon XL / Photo Credit: GMC

2020 GMC Yukon XL / Photo Credit: GMC

  • Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 121.7 cu ft
  • 2020 Base Price: $54,695

To get a Yukon with as much cargo volume as the Suburban, you have to opt for the XL (extended-wheelbase) version. The Yukon XL has the same 39.3 cubic feet of space behind the third row and 76.7 behind the second row as its Chevrolet cousin.

The Yukon features an attractive cabin with a long list of standard features, such as a straightforward touchscreen and a Bose premium audio system. However, no ADAS features are included in the base model.

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3. Ford Expedition Max


2020 Ford Expedition

2020 Ford Expedition / Photo Credit: Ford

  • Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 121.5 cu ft
  • 2020 Base Price: $58,175

The Expedition has almost as much overall cargo capacity as the Suburban and Yukon XL, as long as you choose the long-wheelbase Expedition Max. It has 36 cubic feet behind the third row, which is a little less than the leaders in the class, but it has an impressive 79.6 cubic feet behind the second row.

The Expedition features a high-end cabin with three spacious rows of comfortable seats, a potent and fuel-efficient turbocharged V6 engine, and class-leading towing capacity. It also has an intuitive infotainment touchscreen and a healthy assortment of standard driver-assist systems.

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4. Cadillac Escalade ESV


2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV / Photo Credit: Cadillac

2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV / Photo Credit: Cadillac

  • Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 120.9 cu ft
  • 2020 Base Price: $79,490

The extended-wheelbase Escalade ESV rides on the same platform as the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL. It doesn’t have quite as much maximum cargo room as its cousins, but it has the same 39.3 cubic feet behind the third row and 76.7 cubic feet behind the second row.

The Escalade ESV has a starting price that’s around $25,000 more than its GM stablemates. It features a strong V8 engine, a high towing capacity, and comfortable accommodations. However, it’s not as luxurious inside as you might expect, it doesn’t come standard with any ADAS features, and its ride and handling could be better considering its price.

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5. Lincoln Navigator L


2020 Lincoln Navigator

2020 Lincoln Navigator / Photo Credit: Lincoln

  • Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 120.3 cu ft
  • 2020 Base Price: $86,865

The Navigator L is the luxury equivalent of the Ford Expedition Max. It competes directly with the Cadillac Escalade ESV, though it’s more expensive, more powerful, and more fuel-efficient. Unlike the Escalade, it has a turbocharged V6 engine and it takes regular gasoline instead of premium.

The Navigator L has almost as much total cargo space as the Escalade ESV. It has 36 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats and 79.6 cubic feet of space behind the second row. The Navigator is opulent, spacious, and loaded with standard features, including a full suite of advanced driver-assist technologies.

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6. Toyota Sequoia


2020 Toyota Sequoia

2020 Toyota Sequoia / Photo Credit: Toyota

  • Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 120.1 cu ft
  • 2020 Base Price: $51,305

The Sequoia is the only large SUV aside from the Chevy Suburban that has a good amount of cargo room in its standard setup. In order to get comparable capacity from most of the competition, you have to spend extra on a long-wheelbase model. The Sequoia has 18.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rearmost seats and 66.6 cubic feet with the third row folded down.

The 2020 Sequoia is one of the most affordable large SUVs on this list, and it comes with a suite of safety aids, an infotainment touchscreen with smartphone app integration, a strong V8 engine, and three spacious rows of seats. Still, it struggles to compete in the class since it’s long overdue for a redesign. Its interior and technology are dated, it returns subpar fuel economy, and its ride and handling lag behind most rivals.

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7. Chevrolet Traverse


2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Chevrolet Traverse / Photo Credit: Chevrolet

  • Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 98.2 cu ft
  • 2020 Base Price: $30,995

The Traverse is the roomiest midsize SUV on our list, and the least-expensive SUV on this list. Behind its third-row seats, there’s 23 cubic feet. Folding the third row down increases that number to 57.8 cubic feet. The Traverse also has two rows of spacious seats and a third row that can fit adults on short trips.

The Traverse’s notable strengths include a relaxed ride, an easy-to-use touchscreen system, and a capable V6 engine that gets respectable gas mileage. It has plenty of standard niceties, but you have to step up a few trim levels and add a package to get an assortment of ADAS features.

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8. Buick Enclave


2020 Buick Enclave / Photo Credit: Buick

2020 Buick Enclave / Photo Credit: Buick

  • Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 97.6 cu ft
  • 2020 Base Price: $41,195

The Enclave is Buick’s version of the Chevy Traverse. The two are virtually identical apart from the Enclave’s $10,000 price premium, nicer interior, and longer list of standard convenience features. The Buick has 23.6 cubic feet of space behind the third row and 58 behind the second.

Despite the Enclave’s price, it doesn’t come standard with any ADAS features. However, you do get an intuitive touchscreen, heated front seats, and a hands-free power liftgate in the base model.

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9. Volkswagen Atlas


2020 Volkswagen Atlas

2020 Volkswagen Atlas / Photo Credit: Volkswagen

  • Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 96.8 cu ft
  • 2020 Base Price: $32,565

The 3-row Atlas has 20.6 cubic feet of cargo room behind its third row and 55.5 behind its second row. If you choose the $31,565 2-row Cross Sport model, you still get an impressive 40.3 cubic feet behind the second row and 77.8 with the seats folded down. No matter which model you choose, you’ll enjoy comfortable, adult-friendly seats in every row.

The Atlas returns decent fuel economy and handles well regardless of its size, but neither of its engine options is overly impressive. It receives good crash test ratings and comes equipped with key driver-assist features, such as forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. A responsive touchscreen is standard as well.

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10. Nissan Armada


2020 Nissan Armada

2020 Nissan Armada / Photo Credit: Nissan

  • Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 95.4 cu ft
  • 2020 Base Price: $48,495

The Armada lives in the large SUV class, but it has less cargo space than most rivals, and Nissan doesn’t offer it in a long-wheelbase configuration. It has 16.5 cubic feet behind the third row and just 49.9 cubic feet with the third row folded down. The Armada’s first two rows of seats are roomy and supportive, and while its third row can fit adults in a pinch, it’s a bit cramped and difficult to access.

The Armada features a robust V8 engine that gets poor gas mileage. It has a stylish and well-built interior, but its infotainment system lacks smartphone connectivity and it isn’t as advanced as rivals’. Forward collision warning and forward automatic emergency braking come standard.

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11. Chevrolet Tahoe


2020 Chevrolet Tahoe

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe / Photo Credit: Chevrolet

  • Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 94.7 cu ft
  • 2020 Base Price: $50,295

The Tahoe is essentially the short-wheelbase version of the Suburban, so it’s not nearly as roomy as its long-wheelbase cousins. In fact, it has less cargo space than all other vehicles in its class. You’ll find 15.3 cubic feet of space behind the third row and 51.7 behind the second row.

The Tahoe features strong engine choices, confident handling, and a healthy array of intuitive cabin technology. Its first two rows of seats are spacious and supportive, but the third row is only suitable for children. No ADAS features are included in the base Tahoe.

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12. Toyota 4Runner


2020 Toyota 4Runner Nightshade Special Edition / Photo Credit: Toyota

2020 Toyota 4Runner / Photo Credit: Toyota

  • Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 89.7 cu ft
  • 2020 Base Price: $37,240

For 2020, the 4Runner gets a new suite of standard ADAS features and a touchscreen with smartphone app connectivity. Aside from these updates, it’s outdated compared to most rivals. The 4Runner’s cabin is in need of a refresh, its ride is harsh, and it gets subpar fuel economy estimates. However, this Toyota is a solid off-roader with spacious seats and ample cargo capacity.

The 4Runner has an impressive 47.2 cubic feet behind its second row. Its squared-off shape makes it easy to fit wide loads as well. However, if you opt for the 4Runner’s available third row, the rearmost cargo area drops to just 9 cubic feet. In addition, the third row isn’t large enough for most adults.

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13. Ford Explorer


2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Ford Explorer / Photo Credit: Ford

  • Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 87.1 cu ft
  • 2020 Base Price: $34,655

Ford completely redesigned the Explorer for 2020. It tows more and handles better than the outgoing model thanks to its new rear-wheel-drive platform. Moreover, it has more cargo room behind its second-row seats, at 47.9 cubic feet. However, it only has 18.2 cubic feet behind the third row, which is less than the previous generation.

The base Explorer seats up to six people and gets its power from an eager and fuel-efficient turbo-four engine. It features a well-constructed cabin with room for adults in all three rows. Standard equipment includes a new, easy-to-use touchscreen with smartphone app integration and Ford’s Co-Pilot360 suite of ADAS features.

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14. Kia Telluride


2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Kia Telluride / Photo Credit: Kia

  • Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 87 cu ft
  • 2020 Base Price: $33,060

The Telluride is a brand-new 3-row midsize SUV for the 2020 model year. It has 21 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and 46 with the third row folded down. The Telluride boasts a premium interior with supportive seats for up to eight passengers, though its third row is best suited for kids.

The Telluride’s primary strengths include its IIHS 2020 Top Safety Pick designation, agreeable ride, capable V6 engine, and long warranty. It comes with a full complement of ADAS features, synthetic leather seats, and a first-rate touchscreen infotainment interface.

If you’re interested in the Telluride, you may also want to consider its South Korean cousin, the Hyundai Palisade, which has almost as much cargo volume.

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15. Subaru Ascent


2020 Subaru Ascent

2020 Subaru Ascent / Photo Credit: Subaru

  • Cargo Space With Rear Seats Folded: 86.5 cu ft
  • 2020 Base Price: $33,005

The Ascent was new to the market in 2019. Like most Subaru vehicles, it comes standard with all-wheel drive, returns above-average fuel economy, and receives Top Safety Pick+ honors from IIHS. The Ascent handles well, accelerates reasonably quickly, has high ground clearance, and is capable of some decent off-roading.

The Ascent has 17.8 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third-row seats and 47.5 behind the second row. Its first two rows of seats are roomy, and its third row can accommodate most adults when necessary. An entire suite of the latest ADAS features comes standard, as well as a straightforward infotainment touchscreen.

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Other Cargo Space Rankings

How We Ranked These Vehicles

If you need a passenger vehicle with loads of cargo space, a minivan may be the best option, or a pickup truck with a cap. Minivans have fallen out of favor due to the popularity of SUVs, and pickup trucks are arguably not the best option for a family vehicle. Fortunately, some SUVs have impressive cargo capacity, not only overall, but also behind their second- and third-row seats.

To get an SUV with three rows of seats and a spacious rear cargo hold, your best option is a large SUV with an extended wheelbase. If you don’t need three rows, there are many 2-row SUVs with lots of cargo room in back. Another option is to choose a large 3-row SUV and fold the third row down to open up a roomy cargo area. This gives you the flexibility to accommodate more passengers or more cargo when needed.

We’ve ranked these SUVs by their maximum cargo space with all the seats folded down. We also provide information about the cargo volume behind each row of seats, and overall passenger comfort in each row. To make it easier to compare these vehicles and decide which is the best fit for you, we highlight each SUV’s key standard features and notable pros and cons.

All the vehicles featured here are 2020 models, but some haven’t been recently redesigned, so you can save money by buying a used version. If you decide to buy a used vehicle, be sure to search Carfax’s Used Car Listings. Every vehicle in our used car listings comes with a free Carfax Vehicle History Report.

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About the Author:

I grew up near Detroit and have been surrounded by the automotive industry my entire life. I spent much of my youth attending car shows, rebuilding classic cars and accompanying my father at work-related events at various test tracks, proving grounds and other automotive facilities. I’ve always had an affinity for writing, research and education, so reporting about cars and working to educate people just makes sense. I currently write for U.S. News & World Report and Carfax, and I hold the roles of executive editor and director of communications at InsideEVs. I studied at Central Michigan University and the University of Michigan, as well as VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL, where I completed my master’s degree.