Fitting the family comfortably into the major means of transportation is one thing. Being able to stow items in the trunk or hatchback is another. The two needs are not mutually exclusive. Here we take a look at 2012 large family cars with the biggest trunks.
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2012 Audi A7
With 24.5 cubic feet of cargo volume in the hatchback area, with the 60/40-split rear seats in use, the 2012 Audi A7 3.0T Premium Plus Quattro tops the list of family vehicles with the biggest storage area. Since the A7 has a hatchback, rather than a trunk, that ups the ante considerably in terms of cargo space when compared to other luxury large cars. The rear hatch opens wide, making large items easy to load and unload, and the integrated luggage cover minimizes concerns over security. Although the Audi A7 seats only four, it does so with luxury.
Read more about the 2012 Audi A7, which FamilyCarGuide rates as 8 out of 10 here.
2012 Ford Taurus
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2012 Ford Taurus
Buy any model of the 2012 Ford Taurus five-passenger full-size sedan and enjoy 20.1 cubic feet of storage space. The rear seats also fold down, permitting even more storage space. In addition, the Taurus trunk is wide and deep, with an opening that’s large enough to accommodate fairly substantial cargo.
In a review of the 2011 model, FamilyCarGuide and sister publication TheCarConnection both give the Taurus an 8 out of 10 overall rating. Rear seat space may be a bit cramped for adults, but the Taurus has cutting edge features like SYNC, plus handsome exterior design, a high-quality interior and the availability of all-wheel drive. It also offers families good room for the dollar.
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2012 Lincoln MKS
With 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, the 2012 Lincoln MKS five-passenger luxury large car, in both front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations, is considered by many reviewers to be one of the most comfortable sedans on the market. The trunk’s expansive area is, however, somewhat compromised by a short, shallow opening and intrusive sidewalls.
In a review of the 2011 model, FamilyCarGuide hails the car’s “excellent crash-test scores, American-sized cabin and trunk, and the EcoBoost turbo and all-wheel drive options along with some cutting-edge technology” as “bona fide advantages over German and Japanese luxosedans.” Buyers waiting for the next iteration of the MKS need wait just a bit longer. Details on the redesigned 2013 Lincoln MKS come out this week at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, with live coverage here.
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2012 Chevrolet Impala
Get 18.6 cubic feet of trunk cargo capacity in the 2012 Chevrolet Impala, available in LS, LT and LTZ models. Affordability and the option to carry six passengers are other good reasons to check out the Chevy Impala, but if trunk storage is high on your list, note that the trunk area has a useful flat floor and the lid uses strut hinges that are non-intrusive, although the opening is a bit awkward. Optional flip-and-fold rear seat cushions reveal a covered storage area with grocery bag hooks. The rear seatback folds down to create a pass-through to the trunk.
In a review of the 2011 Chevy Impala FamilyCarGuide notes “Real driving excitement is off the menu, but the Impala can carry a large family of five, and swallow a pair of car seats with ease while it delivers good gas mileage and acceptable safety ratings.” Look for a redesigned Impala to bow in 2014.