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)

Honda Fit Handles Wedding Shower Haul With Aplomb

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My fiance and I have one car between the both of us; really, zero, because mine is more of a toy for the drag strip than anything practical, so we looked to the Cars.com test fleet for a cargo-friendly ride for our wedding shower. Despite having an extended-wheelbase Land Rover Range Rover in Cars.com's test fleet at the right time, I wasn't too worried — or bitter — about having to haul a full load of wedding gifts away from our prenuptial party in the hugely versatile, yet still quite small, 2015 Honda Fit.

Related: 2015 Honda Fit Expert Review

The family, however, was skeptical and still pulled two SUVs behind the subcompact Fit just in case we couldn't secure every last oven mitt and spatula in the 52.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space.

It was a delicate game of Tetris with roasters and toasters, but the Fit handled the task like a champ. The low cargo floor, tall cargo height and wide opening were keys to our successful loading. I didn't even have to adjust the front passenger seat to create a few last ounces of space. I don't think Cars.com's long-term Cherokee would have handled the task any better either. It has just 2.2 more cubic feet of cargo space.

Cars.com photo by Joe Bruzek

By Joe Bruzek | August 26, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Audi RS 7 Real-World Cargo Space

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Who says you have to compromise when buying a sports car? The pumped-up high-performance 2014 Audi RS 7 variant of the A7 has a 560-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-8, four doors and an entirely usable cargo area. Zero to 60 mph comes in 3.7 seconds, so you better strap down both strollers in the cargo area. Yes, "both strollers." We fit our large and small strollers in the back of the RS 7 with room to spare.

Related: Research the 2014 Audi RS 7

The RS 7's cargo area isn't the widest. Its strengths are in how deep the cargo area stretches combined with the large hatchback opening and split-folding backseat. There's a generous 24.5 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, which is roughly how much room a compact-to-midsize SUV offers behind the backseat. See how well our assortment of common cargo goods fit in the RS 7's cargo area below.

By Joe Bruzek | August 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Lexus RX 350 Real-World Cargo Space

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The 2015 Lexus RX 350's deep, wide cargo area makes use of numerous cargo-friendly features to complement the huge 40 cubic feet of space behind the backseat. Floor tie downs, cargo-area seat release levers, a sliding second row and a 40/20/40-split backseat all make the RX's cargo space extremely versatile.

Related: 2015 Lexus RX 350 Expert Review

Cars.com reviewer Bill Jackson was also impressed by the second row's function of hiding the cargo floor gap commonly left by a sliding second row. Jackson calls it a "thoughtful detail." See how well everyday items fit in the Lexus RX 350, below.

By Joe Bruzek | August 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV Real-World Cargo Space

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Cadillac's extended-wheelbase Escalade ESV has twice the cargo room behind its third row compared to the regular version thanks to its 14-inch-longer wheelbase and additional 20 inches of overall length — 39.3 cubic feet compared to 15.2 cubic feet. The stretched Escalade has been redesigned for 2015, along with the regular-wheelbase Caddy, and the cargo area gains new usability.

Related: 2015 Cadillac Escalade Real-World Mileage

Escalade owners won't have to remove the third row for a more usable cargo area now with the Escalade's flat-folding second and standard power-folding third row. The cargo floor is higher than it used to be to accommodate the flat-folding seats, however, and overall cargo room is down 16.5 cubic feet compared to the 2014 version. The higher load floor could put off some owners. The cargo area still eats up common items without a flinch, which you can see below.

By Joe Bruzek | August 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

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