I came across a wonderful garage sale idea when looking for a way to describe the cargo space of various vehicles.
Pierce County, Washington, has a sale called “Junk in your Trunk“. Fill up the trunk of your vehicle, pull up to the parking lot of the Sprinkler Recreation Center, pop the trunk, and your sale has begun!
It just goes to show that ample cargo space is crucial for many vehicle owners (whether you’re trying to fit an old lawn mower in there or not.)
What is Cargo Volume?
Everyone has stuff to carry. How much stuff is often dictated by stages in life.
Generally, when you’re young, you don’t need to carry that much. A growing family needs room for strollers, portable playpens and diaper bags. Move along the timeline and sports equipment bags become a good way to measure trunk space.
Once the kids are out of the house (that is, if they ever leave), garage sailing and antiquing might be on your list. If you love the outdoors and long road trips, chances are you needed a lot of cargo space all along!
Whatever your interests, the amount of space you need is often measured as cargo volume, in car speak. For minivans, SUVs, and hatchbacks, there are often two measurements: one with the seats up and one with them down.
How to Compare Cargo Space
Our Automobl Comparison Tool allows you to quickly analyze vehicle features and dimensions, including cargo space. If cargo/trunk space is important to you, follow these steps to get direct comparisons in seconds:
Step Two: Select the Measurement option and hit compare!
Step Three: You’ll get a specific list of all measurements listed by the manufacturer, including cargo volume (in litres):
The Automobl Comparison Tool will give you side-by-side comparisons of almost anything – we look at over 400 different factors to give you an accurate picture of the real vehicle value. Try out a few comparisons for yourself right here.
Want some extra help? Here are a few cargo space tips that may help you narrow your search:
- If you have to carry long objects and two or three passengers, look for a split fold down rear seat.
- This allows you to carry items like hockey sticks or skis with a person in the back sitting next to them.
- A rear seat that folds in a 40/20/40 ratio will allow two rear seat passengers and long objects between them.
- Many European models offer a ski bag that unfurls into the rear seating area when skis are stowed in the trunk.
2019 Cars and SUVs with the Most Cargo Space
Need lots of space? Let’s look at the vehicles on our database that have the most cargo space.
Here are the top contenders for sport utility vehicles, we list the result with all of the seats in their upright positions:
- 2019 Honda Passport has the most rear cargo capacity with 1,430L of space
- 2019 Toyota 4Runner has 1,337L
- 2019 GMC Yukon XL has 1,113L
If you’re in the market for a car:
- 2019 Prius leads the way with 776L of cargo space
- 2019 Volkswagen Arteon follows with 770L
- 2019 Hyundai Ioniq has 750L
If you’re shopping for an SUV, don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit by comparing, say, an SUV with a car or hatchback. You may find a hidden gem in a different category that fits your needs perfectly.
That’s the beauty of the Automobl Comparison Tool, you can make any combination of comparison in one place without wandering from page to page looking for answers.
Popular 2019 Vehicles
Now that you know which cars and SUVs lead the pack, let’s take a look at the cargo space in some of the most popular choices for 2019:
- Toyota Rav4 FWD LE: 1065L (seats up), 1976L (seats down)
- Honda CR-V LX FWD: 1110L (seats up), 2146 (seats down)
- Mazda cx5 FWD GX: 875L (seats up), 1687l (seats down)
- Ford Escape S FWD: 964L (seats up), 1926L (seats down)
- Dodge Caravan A/T 6: 881L (seats up), 2234L (rear seats down), 3973L (second row seats down)
- Ford Explorer XLT: 595L (seats up), 1243L (rear seats down), 2314L (second row seats down)
- Ford Edge SE AWD: 1111L (seats up), 2078L (rear seats removed), 3087L (second row seats down)
- Honda Pilot AWD LX: 524L (seats up), 1583L (rear seats removed)
Don’t see the vehicle you’re looking for? Compare any vehicle here to see the cargo space details.
New Buyer’s Guide
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