The numbers do not lie. Based on a volume-per-dollar ratio, minivans offer the most interior room than any other type of vehicle. But some buyers are looking for the styling, all-weather traction, or extra ground clearance that SUVs can also offer, plus plenty of cargo room. These are the top 10 new mainstream-brand SUVs available in Canada with the most cargo space* behind their first row of seats.
10th place: 2021 Volkswagen Atlas - 2,741 litres
Updated for 2021 with revised front and rear styling and an improved safety suite, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is a mid-size SUV with three rows of seating for up to 7 passengers. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices start at $40,095 in Canadian dollars. Owing to its role as a family hauler, the Atlas is super spacious inside. There’s up to 2,741 litres of cargo space when the big VW SUV’s 2nd- and 3rd-row seats are folded flat.
9th place: 2021 Buick Enclave - 2,764 litres
The 2021 Buick Enclave is a mid-size SUV with few direct competitors. Like the rest of the Buick lineup, the $48,598 Enclave straddles the line between mainstream and luxury. Thankfully, there isn't a bad seat in the 3-row/7-passenger interior of Buick's biggest SUV. If you need to carry luggage for those passengers, with its 2nd- and 3rd-row seats folded down the Enclave offers up to 2,764 litres of room.
8th place: 2021 Chevrolet Traverse - 2,781 litres
The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse competes in the heart of the mid-size SUV market. Generous interior space is among the Traverse’s highlights and a reason for its popularity with growing families. Although it shares a platform with the Buick Enclave, the 8-seat $36,698 Chevy SUV costs less to buy. And with up to 2,781 litres of cargo space behind its front seats, it offers a bit more room than its General Motors sibling.
7th place: 2021 Honda Passport - 2,854 litres
Sharing a platform with the Honda Odyssey minivan and the 3-row Pilot mid-size SUV, the $43,670 new-for-2021 Passport 5-seater incorporates the best of both of its stablemates. Interior storage space is both creative and abundant in the Honda, with up to 2,854 litres of cargo area behind its front seats—more than mid-size 2-row SUV rivals like the Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Nissan Murano.
6th place: 2021 Ford Expedition – 2,961.72 litres
The $63,110 Ford Expedition takes the 20th-century idea of an 8-seater full-size American-brand SUV and brings it back up to date. So even though it’s based on the Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck platform, the Expedition’s refinement is readily apparent. Cargo space is more than ample, with an available 2,962 litres behind the big Ford SUV’s front seats.
5th place: 2021 Honda Pilot – 3,072-3,092 litres
Are you impressed that the $42,905 2021 Honda Pilot mid-size 3-row SUV offers more space (3,072-3,092 litres, depending on trim level) than the full-size Expedition? You should be. Although it's a significant player in the mid-size 3-row SUV segment, the Pilot's space-efficient design means there is plenty of cargo space plus the ability to seat up to either 7- or 8-passengers.
4th place: 2021 Toyota Sequoia - 3,401 litres
The 3-row full-size 2021 Sequoia is Toyota’s largest SUV. Unlike the mid-size Toyota Highlander that uses a plusher-riding car-based chassis, the Sequoia uses a body-on-frame design based on the Tundra full-size pickup truck. The $70,150 Sequoia is a true 8-seater, with a 3rd-row seat that will accommodate adults. The cargo room behind its front row is equally generous, with up to 3,401 litres of luggage room.
3rd place: 2021 Ford Expedition Max - 3,439 litres
If you like the idea of the Ford Expedition but need more cargo space, we recommend the $79,420 Expedition Max. The up to 8-passenger full-size 3-row SUV's independent rear suspension benefits the Max's ride and handling and enables a flat cargo space when its 3rd-row seats are folded down. In total, you'll find up to 3,439 litres of cargo space behind the Max's front seats.
2nd place: 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon – 3,480 litres
The Chevrolet Tahoe and its GMC Yukon full-size SUV corporate cousin have been completely revamped for 2021. The $57,048 Tahoe/$58,548 Yukon twins bring a significantly improved interior space, fresh technology, and up-to-date safety features as all-new models. With a new, independent rear suspension, cargo space has grown substantially, with up to 3,480 litres when the 2nd- and 3rd-row seats are flattened.
1st place: 2021 Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL – 4,097 litres
It’s no surprise that the extended versions of the Chevrolet Tahoe and Yukon—the $60,048 Suburban and the $61,548 Yukon XL—offer plenty of space when you need to haul. While the Suburban/Yukon XL share their interior, powertrains and suspension engineering with their respectively shorter Tahoe/Yukon siblings, where the Suburban/Yukon XL sets themselves apart is in cargo room. Their extra length gives them an enormous 4,097 litres of cargo space behind their respective front seats.
*Based on manufacturer-supplied data.