2015 Subaru Outback Real-World Cargo Space

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Subaru's redesigned 2015 Outback is less quirky than before thanks to its streamlined exterior and classed-up interior, though that doesn't make it any less versatile than the Outback we know and love. In fact, a slightly longer wheelbase and overall length mean there's more interior room for passengers and cargo.

Related: 2015 Subaru Outback Expert Review

"The Outback's cargo area has grown slightly, to 35.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, up from 34.3 cubic feet. Fold the standard 60/40-split backseat down to create 73.3 cubic feet, up from 71.3. There are also new release levers, so one tug folds the spring-tensioned seat flat. It's well-done and, if I had my way, would be mandatory on all cars," Cars.com reviewer Bill Jackson said in his review of the 2015 Outback.

There's also a power liftgate that's newly standard on the highest, Limited, trim and available on the Premium trim.

By Joe Bruzek | October 30, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Ford C-Max Energi Real-World Cargo Space

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The two versions of Ford's C-Max — the Hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid — drive similarly but the Energi sets itself apart with its ability to drive an EPA-estimated 20 miles on electric power alone. The Energi's extra stamina comes from a larger lithium-ion battery stuffed in the cargo area that unfortunately, eats into cargo volume; the resulting space is much smaller than the hybrid version's.

Related: 2014 Ford C-Max Energi Review

Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman says in his review that "The C-Max Energi replaces the normal hybrid's 1.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack with a much larger, 7.6-kwh battery in the cargo area, which does indeed cut into the rear storage area. It also eliminates the regular C-Max's flat floor when the rear seats are folded."

The C-Max's cargo volume decreases from the Hybrid model's 24.5 cubic feet to 19.2 cubic feet behind the backseat of the C-Max Energi. Below, see how well common items fit in the C-Max Engergi's cargo area.

By Joe Bruzek | October 23, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Dodge Journey Crossroad Real-World Cargo Space

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The 2014 Dodge Journey is an SUV that dabbles in a few segments thanks to its low entry price of $20,990 (including destination) undercutting many compact SUV prices and its midsize-SUV-like capability of hauling up to seven occupants with an optional third row of seating. The Journey's cargo space also straddles the line of compact to midsize with 10.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the optional third row, 39.6 cubic feet behind the second row and a maximum 67.6 cubic feet.

Related: 2014, 2015 Dodge Journey Crossroad Pros and Cons

The smallish 10.7 cubic feet behind the third row doesn't leave much room for a full load of groceries. In the Dodge family, you'll have to step up to the larger Durango for more cargo room behind the third row (17.2 cubic feet) or fold the Journey's third row flat for more cargo space. Plus, the Journey's tall cargo floor height didn't make loading heavy items very easy.

By Joe Bruzek | October 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

Top Minivan? Nissan Quest May Offer Best Cargo Hauling in the Real World

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Minivans are known for their impressive storage wells behind the third-row seats, maximizing cargo space. But what should be said is that the area is more vertical than horizontal. It begs the question, how much of a minivan's cubic footage can you really use?

Related: Can a Minivan Be Stylish?

Well, that depends on what you're carrying. Luggage works well in minivan storage wells because it tends to be stackable and it's not too worrisome when it inevitably falls out when the liftgate is opened. And there's no feeling quite like propping that big stroller upright and still being able to see out the rear window.

But most of us don't carry luggage around in our daily lives, and eventually/thankfully the kids outgrow strollers; it's usually other items such as grocery bags that aren't as sturdy that create challenges in the cargo area. After all, there are only so many grocery bags that can be stored on top of each other.

Which minivans make the best of this cargo conundrum? And what automakers offer optional equipment to keep your stuff wrangled when the cargo space needs an assist? Let's have a look.

By Sara Lacey | October 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Infiniti QX70 Real-World Cargo Space

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Once known as the Infiniti FX37, the now-called QX70 balances a delicate line between performance car and SUV. It has more cargo space than you'd expect from its long-nose, rear-sloping sports car looks.

Related: 2015 Infiniti QX70 Expert Review

In her review of the QX70, Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela writes, "There was 24.8 cubic feet of storage space behind the backseat, enough to easily fit four overstuffed kitchen-trash bags full of clothes from my three daughters' annual before-school closet clean-out, along with a large plastic contractor bag full of books. Impressive. I'm not sure this would have been possible in the BMW X3's 19.4 cubic feet of cargo space, and it definitely wouldn't have been in the Porsche Macan, which has only 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space."

The QX70 has 62 cubic feet of total cargo space. See how well the QX70 handles common cargo items below.

By Joe Bruzek | September 25, 2014 | Comments (1)

How Much Can You Stow in the 2014 Chevy Impala's Cubbies?

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The 2014 Chevrolet Impala's 18.8 cubic feet of trunk space is downright massive for a sedan, but it's not the only impressive storage feat inside our long-term test car. The front seats are a compulsive organizer's dream with treasure trove of big and little storage spaces within easy reach. There's a hidden storage compartment behind the retractable touch-screen, dual umbrella holders and numerous other ways to store cellphones, wallets, music players and more.

Related: More Long-Term Test Car Coverage

There are so many cubbies that we wanted to see just how much stuff can seamlessly fit in the Impala's large collection of storage areas.

By Joe Bruzek | September 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Honda Fit: Real-World Cargo Space

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The subcompact Honda Fit is a marvel of space efficiency considering its small exterior dimensions hide an interior that rivals the cargo capacity of larger SUVs. All 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the backseat folded and 16.6 cubic feet with the backseat upright are easy to use with a low cargo load floor and the large dimensions of the cargo opening.

Related: 2015 Honda Fit Expert Review

Redesigned for 2015, the Fit's cargo area is 3.1 inches longer than before, though maximum space is down slightly compared to the previous Fit. A trick up the Fit's sleeve is the front seat's ability to recline all the way and fit cargo up to 7 feet 9 inches long. See how well the 2015 Fit handles common cargo below.

By Joe Bruzek | September 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Can the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe Really Fit Two Golf Bags?

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Jaguar claims its 550-horsepower 2015 F-Type R Coupe is capable of reaching zero-to-60 mph in 4 seconds. Extremely easy to believe after mashing the throttle of the monstrous supercharged V-8 ourselves. We were skeptical, however, on another Jaguar claim.

Related: 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe Expert Review

The British automaker boasts that two golf bags can fit in the back of the coupe's narrow, 11 cubic feet of trunk space. The cargo space is no doubt more usable than the roadster's 7 cubic feet, but two golf bags?

By Joe Bruzek | September 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Acura MDX Real-World Cargo Space

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It's easy to blow a fuse while researching sometimes-confusing cargo specifications. Acura lists two maximum cargo specifications (68.4 cubic feet and 90.9 cubic feet) for the 2015 MDX — redesigned in 2014 — which are measured with a new standard not comparable with the previous generation's cargo specs. The maximum 90.9 cubic feet includes floor space between the first and second rows as well as the front seats slid forward. Read more about that here, but in practical use the 2015 Acura MDX continues to make good use of its cargo area no matter which cargo specification you look at.

Related: 2014 Acura MDX Expert Review

With all rows folded, the cargo area is now at a uniform pitch instead of three separate angles like the previous generation. The MDX's third row folds in a split 50/50 configuration while the second row is 60/40, slides fore/aft 5.9 inches and reclines in five positions. There's also a large underfloor storage bin behind the third row that Acura says is large enough for folding bag-type chairs or two laptop computer cases. See how well common cargo items fit in the MDX below.

By Joe Bruzek | September 4, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Toyota Prius Real-World Cargo Space

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Compared to its midsize sedan hybrid competitors, the Toyota Prius hatchback's cargo space is a winner with 21.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the folding backseat, a feature some sedans lose in their transformation to a hybrid. Throw in a 50 mpg combined EPA rating and it's easy to see why the purpose-built hybrid is so popular.

Related: Best Hybrids for the Money 2014

The original Prius fits in the middle of the current Prius lineup that includes the smaller Prius c and wagonlike Prius v. See how well common cargo items fit in the Prius' cargo area below.

By Joe Bruzek | August 28, 2014 | Comments (3)

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