The $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge: Cargo

CargoSUVChallenge

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 2013 Nissan Murano is the longest of the bunch, yet it has the smallest cargo area. To drive that point further, the 2014 Kia Sorento is the second shortest but has the largest cargo area compared to the Murano, 2013 Ford Edge, 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and 2013 Toyota Venza.

CargoSpecs

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

FordCargo1

Fordgroceries

Fordsuitcases

Fordclubs


2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

HyundaiCargo1

Hyundaigroceries

Hyundaisuitcases

Hyundaiclubs


2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

JeepCargo1

Jeepgroceries

Jeepsuitcases

Jeepclubs


2014 Kia Sorento

KiaCargo1

KiaGroceries

Kiasuitcases

Kiaclubs


2013 Nissan Murano

NissanCargo1

Nissangroceries

Nissansuitcases

Nissanclubs


2013 Toyota Venza

VenzaCargo1

Venzagroceries

Venzasuitcases

Venzaclubs

Story by Joe Bruzek, photos by Evan Sears for Cars.com.


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Comments 

rbt

Enjoyed the auto SUV write up. Good Job done by all. Thanks.
Many of the auto reviews, I read in the local papers...I know no more than I did when I picked up the paper. Just model and brand... not much more. Such paucity of pertinent information one would expect to find in a review.
I wonder if they actually saw and drove the auto, or ghost written from a sale brochure from a dealer?

Rich

Odd that Nissan didn't send over the top of the line Murano LE which has an MSRP below $38k and has all the electronic toys plus the leather interior that the SV lacked. Kind of put the Murano at a distinct disadvantage not testing its best version.

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