With all the number and variety of crossovers on the market today, families can probably use some help determining which ones offer the best cargo flexibility. Along with other family prerequisites, such as passenger capacity, fuel economy, interior design, features, safety and price, how flexible the crossover is may be the ultimate determining factor.
After all, family cars need to be useful as well as comfortable and good looking – assuming that they meet all your other requirements as well. Here we take a look at some of the 2012 family crossovers with the best cargo flexibility.
2012 Honda Pilot
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2012 Honda Pilot
With this year’s modest redesign inside and out, the 2012 Honda Pilot, with seating for up to eight passengers, provides for numerous configurations for cargo and seating. By simply folding down individual sections of the second- and third-row 60/40 split seats, carry anywhere from two to eight passengers, or carry six passengers and a toboggan, snowboards, skis or whatever the family needs to transport to suit active lifestyles. Cargo volume behind the third-row seat is 18.0 cubic feet, while behind the second-row seat, it’s 47.7 cubic feet. Behind the first row, maximum cargo volume is 87.0 cubic feet.
2012 Dodge Journey
With up to nine feet of storage, front to back, the 2012 Dodge Journey crossover, redesigned just last year, also provides comfortable, stylish and functional seating for up to seven passengers. Available Tilt ‘N Slide second-row seating, available Flip ‘N Stow seat storage system, available second-row child booster seats, 39.6 cubic feet of volume behind the second row, and a host of other family-friendly features make the Journey a great transportation choice. Versatility is in the Journey’s DNA, with best-in-class storage flexibility, including fold-flat front passenger seat, in-seat storage and second-row in-floor storage. With prices starting at $18,995 (excluding destination), the 2012 Dodge Journey is also the most affordable mid-size crossover and the most affordable seven-passenger vehicle in America.
2012 Cadillac SRX
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2012 Cadillac SRX
The mid-size five-passenger 2012 Cadillac SRX luxury crossover features an abundance of accommodations for almost every lifestyle. Rear seats fold flat to create 60 cubic feet of cargo space in the back. There’s a convenient pass-through that accommodates skis and other long objects easily. Buyers can opt for a U-Rail system with a unique adjustable cargo fence that helps secure cargo items in place. The SRX has a high-capacity air-conditioned double-deck glove box that can easily accommodate a two-liter beverage bottle. There’s also a double-center armrest with storage space and a dual-depth cup holder. Other cargo flexibility items include modular, underfloor storage to keep cargo items out of the sun and away from the eyes of passersby, and additional storage compartments in the front and rear doors, and in the backs of the front seats. Standard roof rails can be fitted with optional racks or cargo boxes to accommodate larger items like bicycles or snowboards. And an available programmable power liftgate allows the driver to select a liftgate height to avoid hitting something and then program it. Once programmed, the liftgate can be opened and closed with the press of a button. The power liftgate is standard on Luxury, Performance and Premium models.