2014 Toyota 4Runner Real-World Cargo Space

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The off-road-ready 2014 Toyota 4Runner packs a fair amount of cargo room for an SUV geared toward rugged dirt duty. The five- or seven-occupant 4Runner's maximum 89.7 cubic feet of cargo space is actually a wee bit more than the family-focused eight-person 2014 Toyota Highlander's 83.7 cubic feet.

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Though redesigned for 2014, the changes are mostly cosmetic and a number of the 4Runner's interesting cargo features carry over, including the available sliding rear cargo deck on five-person 4Runners that supports more than 400 pounds and slides out of the rear hatch area. The sliding cargo floor makes it easier to cope with the tall off-road-friendly ride height. See how well common items fit into the 4Runner's cargo area, below.

By Joe Bruzek | July 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Mazda CX-5 Real-World Cargo Space

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Mazda's CX-5 has the distinction of being a compact SUV for driving enthusiasts with excellent fuel economy and great cargo room - not your typical compact crossover formula. Making the cargo area everyday friendly are folding seats that release in two locations. There is a set of levers in the cargo area that release the folding backseat so you don't have to walk around to the rear doors to fold the seats and then walk back to the cargo area. There are also seat releases on the backseat itself.

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A 40/20/40-split folding backseat that's standard in Touring and Grand Touring trims offers increased versatility over the Sport's 60/40-split seat, and even the middle section can be folded/released using the cargo area lever. The space-efficient CX-5's cargo area does many things well, though the backseat doesn't slide or recline like in the Jeep Cherokee or Chevrolet Equinox. See how well common items fit in the CX-5, below.

By Joe Bruzek | July 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Volvo V60 Real-World Cargo Space

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The V60 wagon joins Volvo's U.S. lineup for 2015. The wagonized version of Volvo's S60 luxury sedan is an alternative to the many small-to-midsize luxury SUVs on the market. The V60's competitors include the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon, Audi Allroad and soon-to-be-hard-to-find Acura TSX Wagon; the 2014 model year will be its last.

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Cars.com reviewer Kristen Varela noted in her review that the V60 has a few utility tricks up its sleeve, including a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat for added cargo and seating flexibility, plus a flip-up panel in the rear with grocery bag hooks. There are also cargo nets that extend from the rear seatbacks over the cargo area. See how well common cargo items fit in the V60 below.

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

2015 Volvo XC60 Real-World Cargo Space

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Volvo has progressively updated its XC60 compact luxury SUV over the past few years, adding some great touches like the T6's innovative turbocharged, supercharged and efficient engine and a well-done digital instrument cluster. What Volvo didn't need to change was the XC60's interior space — it's been plentiful and easy to use since the SUV's debut as a 2010 model.

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The XC60's cargo space is competitive against luxury compact SUVs including the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, Acura RDX and BMW X3. It actually bests those with 30.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the backseat compared to the 16.5 cubic feet, 26.1 cubic feet and 19.4 cubic feet of the others, respectively. Plus, the XC60 has a standard and versatile backseat that folds in a 40/20/40 split. There was more than ample room to fit our assortment of cargo items in the back without folding the seats, which you can see below.

By Joe Bruzek | June 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Real-World Cargo Space

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Toyota's redesigned 2014 Highlander performed respectably in our $40,000 3-Row SUV Challenge, finishing third behind the 2014 Dodge Durango and the winner, the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe. One area where the Highlander desperately needed to impress families with its redesign was in cargo room behind the third row.

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A puny 10.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row was increased to 13.8 cubic feet for 2014. For those hoping to get into a Highlander Hybrid, they'll be happy to hear that cargo room isn't sacrificed for the hybrid system's battery. Even with the newfound cargo space, the Highlander is still on the smaller side compared to many of the SUVs we tested in our SUV Challenge. See the animation below for how well common items fit into the Highlander Hybrid's cargo area.

By Joe Bruzek | June 19, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Real-World Cargo Space

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Chevrolet didn't leave the cargo area untouched when it redesigned its large SUV for 2015. The Tahoe now features flat-folding second and third rows, replacing the 2014 model's third row that required removal for a similar configuration. Also newly available is a power folding option that folds both rows of seats with the press of a button.

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The Tahoe takes a hit in overall cargo space, however, as available room shrinks from the 2014 model's 16.9 cubic feet behind the third row to 15.3 cubic feet, and the maximum 108.9 cubic feet in 2014 is now 94.7 cubic feet for 2015. Loading cargo into the Tahoe requires a big lift with a cargo floor that's about 3 feet off the ground — higher than the outgoing Tahoe. See how well an assortment of strollers, luggage and golf bags fit in the 2015 Tahoe, below.

By Joe Bruzek | June 5, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan Real-World Cargo Space

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The Volkswagen Tiguan is one of those small SUVs that's deceivingly large on the inside compared to how compact it looks on the outside. The Tiguan is 7.5 inches shorter and 2 inches narrower than the 2014 Jeep Cherokee but has very similar cargo dimensions with 23.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the backseat and a total of 56.1 cubic feet when the backseat is folded. That rear seat also slides forward 6 inches and reclines.

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Cargo users also have the option to maximize the cargo area by folding the front passenger seat flat — objects around 98 inches long can fit on the passenger side, according to VW. One of the Tiguan's tricks on models with the optional stereo and subwoofer is to hide the subwoofer in the spare tire area instead of in the cargo area, which doesn't impact cargo space, unlike the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's subwoofer setup. See how well cargo fits in the Tiguan in our animation below.

By Joe Bruzek | May 29, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Land Rover LR4 Real-World Cargo Space

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Considering how much overall cargo space the 2014 Land Rover LR4 offers, shoppers may be surprised by how little room there is behind the optional third row. The 9.9 cubic feet of cargo space back there isn't the most user-friendly because of its size as well as its two-piece tailgate/liftgate. It makes for awkward loading and creates a ledge that items have to be lifted or slid over.

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Otherwise, the cargo area behind the second row is flat and tall, contributing to overall competitive cargo space with SUVs like the Acura MDX, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Lexus GX 460. The optional third row may not be the best fit for families who need a sizable cargo area and a third row. Below, see the items we fit in the Land Rover LR4's cargo area.

By Joe Bruzek | May 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Real-World Cargo Space

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Not to be confused with the seven-passenger 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander, the Outlander Sport is a considerably smaller SUV with room for five occupants. Those five people in the Outlander Sport will have to pack light; it offers much less cargo room compared to similarly priced compact SUVs such as the Mazda CX-5 or Hyundai Tucson.

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The Outlander Sport's 21.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row is tiny compared to the CX-5's 34.1 cubic feet and the Tucson's 25.7 cubic feet. Those who need maximum cargo room may want to consider skipping the Outlander Sport's optional Rockford Fosgate sound system. The stereo's subwoofer takes up 1.6 cubic feet of cargo space, shrinking volume to 20.1 cubic feet.

By Joe Bruzek | May 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Nissan Rogue Real-World Cargo Space

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The redesigned 2014 Nissan Rogue is a much more space-efficient compact SUV than the outgoing model with a big jump in cargo room. It offers an additional 10.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row compared to the 2013 version, and 12.1 more cubic feet of total cargo space when the seats are folded. What's more, the new model has nearly the same footprint as the old Rogue.

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The Rogue's 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row is competitive with the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, which offer two of the largest interiors in the class. The RAV4 has 38.4 cubic feet and the Honda CR-V has 37.2 cubic feet. The Rogue's 70 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume is a little less than the RAV4 and CR-V at 70.9 and 73.4 cubic feet, respectively. See what items we fit in the Rogue's cargo area, below.

By Joe Bruzek | May 8, 2014 | Comments (1)

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