Top 5 Best SUVs For the Most Cargo Space for 2021 According to Consumer Reports

by Gabrielle DeSantis

Cargo space doesn’t seem that important until you need it. Sure, smaller sportier cars like a Mazda Miata are buckets of fun to drive, but when you have to go to Home Depot, that Miata might as well be a bicycle. That’s why giant SUVs exist. Consumer Reports ranked the top five best SUVs with the most cargo space, so you never have to run out of room at the Cosco again. 

2021 Ford Expedition | Ford

The best SUVs for Cargo Room

  1. 2021 Chevrolet Suburban 
  2. 2021 Ford Expedition Max
  3. 2021 Toyota Sequoia 
  4. 2021 Chevy Tahoe 
  5. 2021 Lincoln Navigator 

The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban has an enormous amount of cargo space

Consumer Reports didn’t love the 2021 Chevy Suburban. In fact, due to its high-ride height, tedious handling, and V8 gas mileage, CR only gave it a 60/100 overall. However, as far as sheer cargo space, the 2021 Suburban is a tough act to follow. 

Consumer Reports measured a massive 70 cubic feet of cargo room, almost 8 cubic feet more than the previous-generation Suburban. This added space is due in part to the new suspension and cabin redesign. On top of the added room, the having all-new independent rear suspension has also greatly improved the Suburban’s ride. 

Don’t sleep on the 2021 Ford Expedition (although you could definitely sleep inside it)

A red 2021 Ford Expedition towing an Airstream trailer shows of one of the best SUVs for cargo space.
2021 Ford Expedition towing an Airstream trailer | Ford

Unlike the 2021 Chevy Suburban, the 2021 Ford Expedition ranked no.1 on Consumer Reports best large SUV category with an overall score of 69/100. As far as the top five 2021 SUVs with the most cargo space, the 2021 Ford Expedition Max is the answer here. 

The Expedition Max is the extended-length version of Ford’s full-size, three-row SUV. This gargantuan measures almost 222 inches in overall length, 12 inches longer than the standard Expedition. All that body ends up giving 66 cubic feet of cargo room. While it’s a touch less than the Chevy, Consumer Reports still prefers the Ford to the Chevy for everyday driving. 

The mighty 2021 Toyota Sequoia is one of the Best SUVs for cargo room

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia landed a 68/100 overall score from Consumer Reports. This is largely because the Sequoia hasn’t had any meaningful updates since 2008, but because of that, the bulletproof 5.7-liter V8 is still in use. 

However, Absurdly good reliability isn’t what got the Sequoia on the list of best SUVs for cargo room. According to Consumer Reports, the Sequoia is quite roomy, with almost 61 cubic feet of cargo space. The ride height might be tough for some passengers, but once inside, the interior is damn-near cavernous. Toyota has given the big SUV some modern updates, such as a touch-screen audio system with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. However, it’s still a giant bumbling dinosaur.

Don’t forget about the Chevrolet Tahoe being one of the best SUVs for cargo space

Like the 2021 Chevy Suburban, the 2021 Chevy Tahoe also got a new independent rear suspension, making the third row much roomier. The Tahoe now has a massive 58 cubic feet of cargo space. 

With the second-row raised, it has plenty of space for four or five passengers and accompanying cargo. Even when the third-row seat is raised, the cargo space behind it can handle many grocery bags or luggage for a long weekend for the whole family.

The last of the Best SUVs for cargo Space is the 2021 Lincoln Navigator 

Not only is the 2021 Lincoln Navigator one of the most luxurious SUVs, but it’s also one of the SUVs for cargo space. Consumer Reports says it has 56 cubic feet of cargo space and can hold up to eight passengers. Though it is massive by all metrics, it falls short on third-row roominess compared to others on this list. Even when all the seats are occupied, there is still enough room behind the third row for a few duffle bags, and there is a small storage area under the cargo floor. 

It landed an overall score of 63/100 on CR. While it is better equipped than some others on this list, it did leave testers wanting more on handling. 

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