Size really does matter

Black Friday and December shopping is upon us and folks will be lined up to get deals on big-ticket items before the big day come December 25th. But how will shoppers manage to squeeze a 70-inch TV, a new vacuum cleaner, and a faux Christmas tree into a two-row crossover – not to mention all the smaller items filling that shopping cart after an all-nighter of binge buying? Well, those who have full-size SUVs won’t have any trouble.

These six SUVs have the largest interior cargo capacity in the industry. You’d have to buy a moving van to get any larger. These

based ‘utes all have body-on-frame designs with powerful engines that can lug a millionaire’s Christmas loot up Aspen Mountains to a rented cabin in the snowy woods. They all come with some form of 4WD system, roof racks, and towing packages. If you’re looking for outright utility wrapped in a family-friendly, luxurious package, this is the list for you.

Keep reading for the full scoop on these mega SUVs and their surprising interior volume.

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We’re starting with the smallest of these gargantuan SUVs and will work upwards.

Toyota Sequoia

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120.1 Cubic Feet
The Toyota Sequoia might not be anyone’s first thought when it comes to full-size SUVs. That’s because the Sequoia has been around – unchanged – since the 2008 model year. 2008 saw the launch of the second-generation Sequoia after the first-generation’s respectable run from 2000 through 2007. But since then, Toyota has let the Sequoia quietly get cold on the backburner. The SUV didn’t even get a refresh to follow the Tundra’s 2014 reworking – the truck on which the Sequoia is based.

Nevertheless, the Sequoia offers an impressive 120.1 cubic feet of cargo room with its second and third rows folded flat. With the third row in place, the Sequoia still has 18.9 cubic feet of room to store stuff. It’s powered by an old-school, yet still effective 5.7-liter i-Force V-8 that makes 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission does the shifting, and if you ordered 4WD, an electronically controlled transfer case sends power to the front axle when that holiday snow starts falling.

In conjunction with its age, the Sequoia’s biggest downfall is its price. Despite the lack of advancement, Toyota has pushed the price from $56,000 in 2008 to $65,000 today. Still, if you’re a Toyota fan, the Sequoia is a solid answer for moving mass amounts of stuff.

Read the full review here.

Cadillac Escalade ESV

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120.9 Cubic Feet
At the complete opposite end of the Toyota Sequoia’s age and low-tech ways, the Cadillac Escalade is one of the latest and most technologically advanced SUVs on the market. It debuted for the 2015 model year and still looks fresh. It shares the high-end styling found across Cadillac’s lineup and looks especially good in black. Large wheel options and dabs of chrome help dress up this beast.

Like the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe on which it’s based, the Escalade comes in two lengths. The Tahoe-length Escalade and the Suburban-length Escalade ESV. Of course, the ESV carries the most cargo thanks to its extended wheelbase. Official specs say the ESV has 120.9 cubic feet of cargo room with the power-folding second and third rows folded flat. Even better, the ESV can hold 39.3 cubic feet of cargo behind its third row.

The Escalade is powered by GM’s

derived, 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 that uses direct injection, variable valve timing, and Active Fuel Management to generate 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic does the shifting and an available 4WD system ensures the ‘Slade keeps moving despite low traction.

The 2017 Escalade isn’t cheap though. Starting at roughly $77,000 and cresting well into the low-$100,000 range, the Cadillac is certainly one of the more premium choices on this list.

Read the full review here.

GMC Yukon XL

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121.1 Cubic Feet
The GMC Yukon XL is from the same GM SUV family as the Escalade and Suburban, but splits the difference between the Chevy and Cadillac in terms of luxury, especially when decked out with the Denali trim. Still very posh, the Yukon XL represents a better value than the Caddy, while keeping the same size, drivetrain, and overall feel. It simply has less “rap star” appeal. Somehow the Yukon XL also gains a smidge more cargo room over the Escalade, as well. It comes in at 121.1 cubic feet of room with the two rear rows folded flat. It still offers 39.9 cubic feet behind the third row.

Power comes form the same 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8. The same eight-speed automatic is also present, along with an available 4WD system. Prices for the Yukon XL start at $51,410. Opt for the Yukon XL Denali and the price jumps to $68,420.

Read the full review here.

Chevy Suburban

2015 Chevrolet Suburban High Resolution Exterior
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121.1 Cubic Feet
Matching the Yukon XL in terms of cargo space, the Chevrolet Suburban offers a whopping 121.1 cubic feet of storage behind the first row. And like the Escalade and Yukon XL, there is 39.3 cubic feet of room with the third row in place. The Suburban might be the lowest rung on GM’s full-size SUV luxury scale, but it still comes with all the bells and whistles you’d imagine. It is by no means a penalty box. The Suburban is also the longest running vehicle line in history, having been in continuous production since 1935.

The Suburban uses all the same underpinnings as its corporate cousins, but uses standard shock absorbers rather than GM’s magnetic ride shocks. It also uses GM’s 5.3-liter V-8 rather than the big 6.2-liter. That hardly means the ‘Burb is underpowered. The 5.3-liter kicks out 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Fill the tank with E85 gasoline and those numbers jump to 380 and 416, respectively. A six-speed automatic does the shifting and 4WD, of course, is an option.

Pricing for the Suburban starts at $49,915 for the 2017 model. Check every option box and the price rises to roughly $75,000.

Read the full review here.

Lincoln Navigator L

2015 Lincoln Navigator High Resolution Exterior
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128.2 Cubic Feet
Topping the list for luxury SUVs is the Lincoln Navigator L. Not surprisingly, the L stands for long – as in longer than the standard Navigator. The Navigator is based on the Ford Expedition and Expedition EL, so many of the parts and equipment are the same. The Lincoln just has more luxury baked into its every inch. The Lincoln also offers a whopping 128.2 cubic feet of cargo room with its second and third rows folded flat. If you’ve got to haul people and stuff, the Navigator boasts an impressive 42.6 cubic feet of room behind the third row. That’s more that double the size of the old-school Lincoln Town Car’s trunk!

The Navigator is powered by Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. Don’t let the size fool you – this twin-turbocharged engine kicks out an impressive 380 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic does the shifting and 4WD is available.

Prices for the big Lincoln start at $70,330 and can creep towards $80,000.

Read the full review here.

Ford Expedition EL

2015 Ford Expedition EL Platinum - Driven Exterior Test drive
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130.8 Cubic Feet
Taking the prize for the largest interior cargo volume of any SUV on the market, the Ford Expedition comes in a 130.8 cubic feet. Ford’s next biggest SUV, the Explorer, only has 80.7 cubic feet of cargo room. The funky Ford Flex has a bit more, at 83.2 cubic feet, but both simply pale in comparison to the outrageously big Expedition EL. We’re guessing the Expedition EL somehow has more cargo volume over the Navigator L due to a fewer number of amenities or some small oddity, but the 2.6 cubic feet of extra room might come in handy for Black Friday shoppers.

The Expedition uses a similar 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 as the Navigator, but is more conservatively tuned to 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. That’s nothing to sneeze at, though; the Expedition will hit 60 mph in a hair under seven seconds. A six-speed automatic is present and 4WD can be had.

Pricing for the Expedition EL starts at $48,936 for the 2017 model year. Check all the option boxes on the range-topping Platinum trim, and you’re looking at roughly $70,000.

Read the full review here.


Traditional, body-on-frame SUVs used to be the norm, but are now becoming an endangered species. The crossover craze is taking a toll on sales and the popularity of these full-sized beasts, but their functionality is no less present. These vehicles are simply moving up market and cater to a wealthier crowd than before. Just look at those prices. Still, these vehicles have their place – and that’s moving a gaggle of people and cargo in all-out comfort while being able to traverse rough terrain while towing a trailer. The standard crossover won’t do that.

Let us know what SUV you’d pick to go Black Friday shopping in the comments below.

Mark McNabb
Mark McNabb was a contributor at TopSpeed from 2013 to 2018. Growing up, Mark always had a mind for tinkering on random items throughout his home and dad’s garage, including a 1953 Ford Mainline and 1971 Corvette Stingray.  Read More
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