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Dodge Caravan, Ford Explorer, GMC Envoy, Honda Odyssey, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Sienna, SUV, Van
Oct 20, 2011 (1:38 pm)
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#1870 of 1876 Cargo space and door measurements
Jan 05, 2012 (10:55 pm)
I'd like to start a thread to report measurements (in inches) for SUVs and minivans because the real cargo space dimensions is a consideration in purchasing an SUV for me and for friends whom I asked.
Manufacturers usually report cargo space cubic footage, but when transporting large household items like a sofa or a painting or a dryer what really matters is how wide the cargo door opening is and how deep is the space.
My SUV experience was that Rendezvous had much better cargo capacity than RX350. Things still fit in the RX but fewer do and much tighter, requiring multiple trips at times.
From memory the Rendezvous had a 48-inch wide opening, and fairly tall too. It never got to carry 4x8's in it, but it was big enough and did carry a plasma TV.
If you feel like measuring your cargo space and sharing the four measurements please post the following:
• SUV or van model name
• width at bottom (watch for wheel wells)
• width at top (e.g. at ceiling or at side-folded third row seats)
• height (watch for ceiling-mounted seatbelt spools and DVD players)
• floor depth with second row seats folded down
LexusRX350 44 42 30 72
Jan 06, 2012 (9:46 am)
I don't have all the measures but a sheet of plywood fits easily inside on the flat floor, hatch closed. There's actually a little room to spare.
So the floor is bigger than 48"x96".
#1875 of 1876 SUVS are winning the race
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 01, 2013 (8:21 am)
"In an unexpected, dramatic change in the global automobile industry, utility vehicles have emerged as one of the hottest segments, with Ford leading the transition.
Oversized, fuel-inefficient utility vehicles, once a symbol of American overindulgence, have fallen out of favor, replaced by smaller, more stylish versions, many built on car platforms rather than truck platforms.
As the middle class expands around the world, and as road conditions improve, "utilities are attractive in a lot of countries," Caldwell said. "The SUV is a status symbol, with higher seating, good visibility, and the boxy (shapes) gone."
How Ford Escape Is Taking Over the World (thestreet.com)
Jun 10, 2013 (2:35 pm)
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