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2012 Lexus LS
Choose the 2012 Lexus LS 460, 460 AWD, 460 L or 460 L AWD five-passenger luxury sedan and you’ll have 18.0 cubic feet of trunk cargo capacity along with the luxury ride, comfort and technology features that characterize the LS, the Lexus flagship luxury sedan. Buyers who opt for optional reclining rear seats or executive-class seating packages will find that trunk space diminishes to 15.5 cubic feet.
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2012 Hyundai Equus
The flagship of the Hyundai brand, the 2012 Hyundai Equus large luxury sedan, affords an equally impressive 16.7 cubic feet of trunk cargo capacity. Note that the Equus provides just two roomy “premium” seats in the rear, compared to other large luxury sedans offering rear seating for three adults.
FamilyCarGuide, in a review of the 2011 Equus, notes that “The trunk is fairly vast, and the well-trimmed interior has bins and pockets for all manner of gadgets.” The Equus, at around $58,000, is perhaps out of the ballpark for most families, but those that do choose it will find “plenty of [value] in the biggest, most luxurious Hyundai ever.”
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2012 Chrysler 300
Redesigned last year, the 2012 Chrysler 300 five-passenger large sedan offers a lot for busy families to like. In the segment, the Chrysler 300 is more luxurious, perhaps, than the Ford Taurus and Buick LaCrosse, two family sedans that compete with it. The 300 has a good-sized trunk with 16.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity, a new eight-speed automatic available this year, and buyers can opt for rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Supportive seats and lots of leg and knee room are other reasons to consider the 2012 Chrysler 300. See why FamilyCarGuide rated the 2011 Chrysler 300 an overall 8 out of 10 here.
It should also be noted that four of these vehicles we've covered are 2011 Top Safety Picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS): the 2011-2012 Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Equus, and Lincoln MKS.
Other large family sedans with fairly substantial trunk storage space include the 2012 Dodge Charger (15.4 cubic feet), also an IIHS Top Safety Pick, and the Nissan Maxima (14.2 cubic feet).