When automakers promote SUVs or crossovers, they like to advertise the "maximum cargo space", which is the storage you get with all the rear seats folded down. The problem with this strategy is that many shoppers who are looking for a mid-size or full-size SUV choose their vehicle because they need all three rows to seat passengers. These buyers want to know how much cargo room they'll have when they take a family road trip with all three rows available for seating. We dug deeper to find the top three full-size and mid-size SUVs with the most space behind the third row. 

Full-Size: 2020 GMC Yukon XL

2020 gmc yukon xl

The 2020 GMC Yukon is a large and luxurious full-size SUV that can seat up to 9 passengers comfortably. Going with the Yukon XL significantly increases the cargo space behind the third row, taking it from 15.3 cubic feet in the regular length to 39.3 cubic feet in the XL. This allows space for everyone's suitcases or the weekly grocery trip, even with all three rows up. For the times when you have unoccupied rows, you get up to 76.7 cubic feet behind the second row and a maximum cargo capacity of 121.7 cubic feet.  

Cargo Space Behind 3rd Row: 39.3 Cubic Feet 

Find Local Discounts on a GMC Yukon XL

Full-Size: 2020 Chevrolet Suburban

2020 chevy suburban

Depending on how you configure it, the Chevy Suburban seats between 7-9 passengers in a comfortable and spacious cabin. When you have the whole clan in tow and it's time to load in their gear, the Suburban gives you a generous 39.3 cubic feet of space behind the third row for luggage or sports equipment. If only the favorite child is going on the trip with you, you get up to 121.7 cubic feet with both rows folded down. For hassle-free loading, you can opt for upgrades like a power liftgate, hands-free liftgate access, and power-folding second- and third-row seats.

Cargo Space Behind 3rd Row: 39.3 Cubic Feet 

Find Local Discounts on a Chevrolet Suburban 

Full-Size: 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV

cadillac escalade ESV

Luxury SUVs don't get much more spacious than the supersized Cadillac Escalade ESV. The Escalade seats 7 passengers in its captain's chair configuration and up to 8 if you go with bench seats for the second row. The ESV model has a longer wheelbase to offer more passenger space in the third row and also more cargo space behind the third row. You have 39.3 cubic feet at your disposal when all rows of seats are occupied. A hands-free liftgate comes standard for your loading convenience along with power-adjustable second- and third-row seats.

Cargo Space Behind 3rd Row: 39.3 Cubic Feet 

Find Local Discounts on a Cadillac Escalade ESV

Mid-Size: 2020 Buick Enclave 

Buick Enclave

The 2020 Buick Enclave tops the list of mid-size SUVs for cargo space behind the third row with 23.6 cubic feet available. It comfortably seats up to 7 passengers with optional leather upholstery, ventilated front seats and a heated second-row as upgrades. When you're chauffeuring the team, they can stash their equipment in the cargo area behind the third row, and if you're just driving with your MVP, there is a max space of 97.6 cubic feet behind the front row. For added convenience, there is a standard hands-free liftgate.

Cargo Space Behind 3rd Row: 23.6 Cubic Feet 

Find Local Discounts on a Buick Enclave

Mid-Size: 2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 chevy traverse

Despite a less opulent interior than some of the other vehicles on this list, the 2020 Chevy Traverse is a very practical vehicle, offering excellent passenger and cargo space. It seats 8 passengers in the bench seat trims or 7 passengers if you opt for captain chairs, and all three rows are roomy enough to fit adults. When all rows are occupied, there will still be space for stashing personal belongings in the cargo area. The Traverse challenges some full-size SUVs for cargo space with 23 cubic feet behind the third row. If you're commuting alone or with just one sidekick, the cargo space goes up to 98.2 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down. 

Cargo Space Behind 3rd Row: 23 Cubic Feet 

Find Local Discounts on a Chevrolet Traverse 

Mid-Size: 2019 Volkswagen Atlas

vw atlas side

One of the best new family vehicles on the market, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is large and spacious enough to haul a load of passengers and a generous amount of cargo. With seating for up to 7, the cabin is luxurious and airy with sufficient legroom and headroom in all three rows. When adventure calls, 20.6 cubic feet of space behind the third row fits your family's gear. A total of 96.8 cubic feet behind the front row is available when you're planning your own private escape. Add the available hands-free liftgate to make loading completely stress-free. 

Cargo Space Behind 3rd Row: 20.6 Cubic Feet 

Find Local Discounts on a Volkswagen Atlas