2014 Jeep Cherokee Real-World Cargo Space


The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is an impressive small-to-midsize SUV that pairs excellent ride quality with plenty of gadgets and technology in addition to a robust off-road system in the Cherokee Trailhawk trim level.

2014 Jeep Cherokee Expert Review

The Cherokee's 54.9 cubic feet of cargo room isn't as laudable considering that's not much more space than the less-expensive Jeep Compass (53.6) or Jeep Patriot (53.9) offer, plus the Cherokee comes up short on cargo room compared to many competitors. Occupants will ride in complete comfort thanks to its generous passenger dimensions, but the cargo area is still compact and bested by the roomier Chevrolet Equinox (63.7), Subaru Forester (74.7), Ford Escape (67.8), Honda CR-V (70.9) and Toyota RAV4 (73.4).

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

2014 Lexus GX 460 Real-World Cargo Space


From the outside, it doesn't look like the 2014 Lexus GX 460 can seat seven occupants on three rows of seats. Some three-row SUVs are appropriately massive looking, but the GX doesn't look like it should have enough room for three rows. It does, but just barely.

2014 Lexus GX 460 Expert Review

Behind the third row is a skimpy 11.6 cubic feet of cargo room. Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley says the cargo room behind the third row isn't very usable because the third row nearly touches the rear window. There's not much space for taller objects since the third row and window almost meet. Folding the third row uncorks 46.7 cubic feet on its way to a maximum 64.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

By Joe Bruzek | April 3, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Infiniti QX80 Real-World Cargo Space


In the scope of large three-row luxury SUVs, the body-on-frame 2014 Infiniti QX80 is a fairly contemporary ute with a cargo area configured more like a crossover's than a truck-based SUV's. The second and third rows fold flat without the seats having to be removed; that's better than the 2014 Lexus LX 570 in which you have to awkwardly fold the third-row seats up to the side of the cargo area.

2014 Infiniti QX80 Expert Review

The 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row is tall enough to fit both strollers we test at the same time — a large and small one — and separately, two golf bags laid flat with room for more to stack on top. There's a respectable 95.1 cubic feet of maximum luggage space compared to its competitors like the Cadillac Escalade, Lexus LX 570 and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class when the second and third rows are folded. See how well the above items and more fit into the cargo area in the animation below.

By Joe Bruzek | March 27, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Real-World Cargo Space


The addition of "Sport" in the redesigned 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport's name may seem like a small difference between it and the classic Range Rover. For 2014, 75 percent of the parts in the Sport model are unique, however, and the model offers a drastically different experience compared to the regular Range Rover.

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

The Sport is smaller in almost every dimension and lighter as well. That means a smaller cargo area with a maximum 62.2 cubic feet of cargo space compared to its bigger sibling's 71.7 cubic feet. Oddly enough, the smaller Range Rover Sport is the one that offers an optional third row. We tested a Range Rover Sport sans third row and stuffed our standard collection of golf bags, luggage, stroller and shopping bags in the cargo area. Check it out below in our cargo animation.

By Joe Bruzek | March 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Real-World Cargo Space


Mitsubishi has an answer for those asking where all the no-frills, super-lightweight subcompact cars with big gas mileage and a low MSRP have gone. The 2014 Mirage is of that ilk, with up to 40 mpg combined EPA fuel-economy ratings and a starting price of $13,790 with destination and a manual transmission; add $1,000 for the automatic transmission and its 40 mpg combined rating.

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

The four-door hatchback's micro size doesn't leave much room for rear passengers or cargo. Frugal commuters may not put too much importance on how many golf bags fit in the hatch without folding the seats — zero, actually — but the Mirage's small size results in a fuel-friendly 2,000 pounds.

By Joe Bruzek | March 13, 2014 | Comments (1)

Why Cargo Specs Can Stretch the Truth


When Acura redesigned its popular MDX crossover for 2014, press materials specified 90.9 cubic feet of maximum cargo room, a significant increase over the prior MDX's 83.5 cubic feet. Still, something didn't quite add up. The new MDX was 2 inches longer from bumper to bumper, but height and width had decreased 1.5 and 1.3 inches, respectively. How had cargo room increased 8.9 percent?

Related: Which Seven-Passenger SUV Has the Most Cargo Room?

Acura explained: Maximum cargo room was actually 68.4 cubic feet, not 90.9 cubic feet. It explained both numbers in the fine print on its consumer website as "based on [the] SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus floor space between first and second seats and front seats moved forward. This figure compares more accurately with most competitive measurements."

That should certainly clear things up for shoppers trying to find a car with enough room to get the kids to soccer practice or cross-country for a summer vacation.

By Kelsey Mays | March 10, 2014 | Comments (3)

2014 Lexus LX 570 Real-World Cargo Space


There are full-size SUVs — like the crossover Chevrolet Traverse — and then there are FULL-size SUVs. The 2014 Lexus LX 570 is the latter, built on a towering trucklike body-on-frame chassis with genuine four-wheel-drive hardware underneath. Loading cargo into the LX 570 isn't as cumbersome as it could be because the high-riding SUV has a standard height-adjustable air suspension with the capability to automatically lower the vehicle when the ignition is turned off.

Research the 2014 Lexus LX 570

The cargo area is unique in some ways and dated in others: Each side of the 50/50-split third-row power seat folds up to the side of the cargo area to expose the maximum cargo area. Unfortunately, the side-folding rear seats take up a lot of the cargo area's width. The LX 570's clamshell tailgate and tumble-forward second row are lesser-used styles among big luxury SUVs.

By Joe Bruzek | February 27, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Nissan Versa Note Real-World Cargo Room


The 2014 Nissan Versa Note offers an unusual amount of interior room compared to its subcompact peers. Rarely does a small hatchback have enough rear-seat legroom and headroom to make a 6-foot-tall adult feel at home in the backseat.

2014 Nissan Versa Note Review

You may expect equally impressive numbers from the cargo area, but think again. The Versa Note's cargo room isn't as noteworthy as its passenger space with a maximum of only 38.3 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded.

By Joe Bruzek | February 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Audi Q5 Cargo Room Comparison

Audi's Q5 is extremely popular in the booming compact luxury SUV segment. One reason the Q5 is a go-to for the class is its roomy 29.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which can fit a variety of items (like the ones we show below). Plus, there's a good-sized underfloor storage bin perfect for storing items you want to hide or anything that will mess up the carpet.

By Joe Bruzek | February 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Ford Fiesta Hatchback Cargo Capacity Breakdown


The 2014 Ford Fiesta hatchback negotiates city streets and tight parking garages with ease; that's largely because the Fiesta is so small and spritely. The hatchback's small stature isn't as helpful when the time comes to load up the cargo area with goods, however.

2014 Ford Fiesta Review

Cargo space behind the rear seats measures in at a skimpy 14.9 cubic feet. The 25.4 cubic feet of total cargo space is also tiny for the class, and the rear seats don't fold into a flat cargo floor like many of its four-door hatchback competitors. Check out our cargo animation of the Fiesta to see what it looks like when golf clubs, suitcases and a stroller are stuffed into the hatchback.

By Joe Bruzek | February 5, 2014 | Comments (3)

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