2015 GMC Yukon XL Real-World Cargo Space

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The redesigned 2015 GMC Yukon comes in two varieties: large (Yukon) and super-sized (Yukon XL). The Yukon's cargo space didn't wow us: Despite its large exterior footprint, it only has 15.3 cubic feet of space behind the third row. "Cargo space behind the third row is surprisingly small," wrote Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela in her review of the "large" Yukon. The 2015 Yukon as well as the Yukon XL's cargo space measures smaller than the previous generation.

Related: Research the 2015 GMC Yukon XL

Stepping up to the super-sized Yukon XL provides much more room with more than 20 inches of additional length from a 14-inch longer wheelbase. The plus-sized XL doubles the cargo space behind the third row to 38.9 cubic feet of space. Overall room for the 2015 Yukon XL with the second and third rows folded increases from the Yukon's 94.7 cubic feet to the XL's 121.1 cubic feet.

See how well common cargo items fit in the Yukon XL's cargo space, below.

By Joe Bruzek | January 29, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Kia Sedona Real-World Cargo Space

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The minivan segment hasn't received much love in recent years; image-conscious consumers who'd rather buy SUVs mean many minivans in the segment haven't been redesigned in some time. That hasn't stopped Kia from reviving its Sedona for 2015, now with crossover-SUV-infused styling and that hard-to-beat cargo functionality of a minivan. Inside the Sedona's 142 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume are some trick features.

Related: Five Things That Might Make You Spend $40K on a Kia Sedona Minivan

Cars.com reviewer Kristen Varela writes in her first drive of the Sedona, "Kia's Slide-N-Stow second-row seats do a nifty jig to fold, slide up and lock against the front seats when more cargo space or third-row access is needed; this process is easy and can be done single-handed, though I still think Chrysler's Stow 'n Go seats take the cake."

Then there's the Sedona's nifty power liftgate that brings a new twist to the hands-free power tailgate.

"With Kia's power liftgate (standard on the upper three trims), you stand within the 1-foot detection-range around the minivan's rear with the key fob in your pocket or purse. The Sedona will beep for 3 seconds, letting you know you're within range, and then it will beep faster to alert you that the liftgate is opening. You step out of the way, load up all your stuff and then once your hands are free, press a button to close the liftgate. The height of the open liftgate is easily programmable by simply pulling it down manually," Varela said.

See how well common cargo items fit in the Sedona below.

By Joe Bruzek | December 26, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Lincoln Navigator: Real-World Cargo Space

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The 2015 Lincoln Navigator's list of changes includes a new engine with improved fuel economy, a high-end Reserve Package and mild interior and exterior styling updates. What hasn't changed, however, is the Navigator's cargo space of which there are two sizes: the standard wheelbase model and supersized extended-wheelbase Navigator.

Related: 2015 Lincoln Navigator: First Look

The standard-wheelbase Navigator we tested offers 18.1 cubic feet of storage space behind the third row, 54.4 cubic feet behind the second row and a grand total of 103.3 cubic feet of cargo room with the seats folded. We found the 18.1 cubic feet small given the Navigator's massive exterior size and that many crossover SUVs with a smaller footprint provide similar space in the back. However, the Navigator still offers more space than the Chevrolet Tahoe's 15.3 cubic feet, and folding the third row flat is easy thanks to its power operation. Extended-wheelbase Navigator L models provide a huge leap with 42.6 cubic feet behind the third row.

See how well common items fit in the standard-wheelbase Navigator's cargo area below.

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

2015 Volkswagen Golf Real-World Cargo Space

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Volkswagen's redesigned 2015 Golf is perhaps one of the best surprises of the year thanks to its luxury-car-like refinement and increased versatility. The Vee-dub's new shape is an important part of its great usability for 2015 with cargo capacity up by approximately 8 percent compared to the outgoing Golf. Plus, the load floor is 0.7 inches lower and the cargo opening is 1.9 inches wider.

Related: 2015 Volkswagen Golf, Golf TDI: First Drive

"It's sometimes easy to forget that the Golf is one of the longest-running hatchbacks in the industry, and it remains extremely practical. The cargo area is 22.8 cubic feet with the seats in place to the top of the seats and has 52.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. The seats fold down with a pull of a lever near the headrest in a 60/40-split configuration and lie flat without any other adjustments," Cars.com reviewer David Thomas says in his First Drive.

See how well common cargo items fit inside the new Golf's cargo area, below.

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

Honda Cargo Wars: How Does 2016 HR-V Compare to Siblings?

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Being the middle child is tough. Your parents are always asking, "Why can't you be more like your older sister?" Meanwhile your bratty little brother gets away with murder. Despite being "born" last, the all-new 2016 Honda HR-V is the middle child in Honda's brood of compact family haulers, smaller than the CR-V crossover and bigger than the Fit subcompact hatchback. Since carrying capacity no doubt tops prospective buyers' lists, we thought we'd see how the HR-V stacks up against its five-passenger siblings.

Related: Research the 2016 Honda HR-V 

The HR-V compact crossover distinguishes itself from the CR-V and Fit with its sporty looks compared with those vehicles' more right-angle-heavy exterior designs; plus, it's about 10 inches shorter than the CR-V and 9 inches longer than the Fit, with a width measuring about 2 inches less than the former and 3 inches more than the latter. Inside, Honda promised the HR-V would provide "unmatched interior spaciousness and cabin versatility." Only real-world users can decide how well those promises will be fulfilled, but in terms of passenger volume, the HR-V certainly holds its own, measuring 100.1 cubic feet compared with the 2014 CR-Vā€™s 104 and the 2015 Fit's 96.

When it comes to cargo space, however, things get considerably more varied. Behind the rear seats, the HR-V has 24.3 cubic feet of room compared with the CR-V's 37.2 and the Fit's 16.6. Meanwhile, with the seats down, maximum cargo space for the HR-V increases nearly 2.5 times to 58.8 cubic feet. The Fit's max cargo space jumps by more than three times to 52.7 cubic feet, while the CR-V's nearly doubles to 70.9 cubic feet.

Check out the graphic below for a side-by-side comparison of cargo volume.

By Matt Schmitz | November 26, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Honda CR-V Real-World Cargo Space

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Honda's compact crossover got some exterior styling and powertrain updates for 2015, but one thing that didn't change is the CR-V's roomy cargo area, though an optional new power liftgate joins the lineup this year.

Related: 2015 Honda CR-V: First Drive

Behind the rear seats there's still a competitive 35.3 cubic feet of cargo space ā€” plenty of room for some luggage, loads of grocery bags or even a big stroller. Fold the seat down and there's a maximum of 70.9 cubic feet of space. The CR-V long has been one of the largest compact crossovers in the class, and the update for 2015 doesn't change its impressive people- and cargo-carrying skills.

See how well common cargo items fit in the CR-V's cargo area below.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Mini Cooper S Real-World Cargo Space

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"Mini" has never been an accurate descriptor of the Cooper Hardtop. While small, the car still offers a usable amount of space, and the 2014 redesign only increases its functionality thanks to a larger cargo area.

Related: 2014 Mini Cooper Expert Review

"The cargo area is now 8.7 cubic feet, up from 5.7 cubic feet, with the rear seats in place. This is the measurement with the adjustable cargo floor/shelf flipped up, out of the way, revealing a deeper cargo well similar to what you'll find in most minivans. This allows for two sizable items, like overhead suitcases or perhaps even golf bags, to stand up in the well. However, most users will likely leave the shelf in place, storing some items underneath it and putting more on top. The shelf can ratchet up to a second position, flush with the backs of the rear seats when they're folded flat, for an expanded cargo floor. That total space is 38.0 cubic feet," Cars.com reviewer David Thomas explains in his review.

See how well common cargo items fit in the 2014 Mini Cooper S below.

By Joe Bruzek | November 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

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 ā€” the Hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid ā€” 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 (2)

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)

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