2012 Honda PilotEnlarge Photo
The three-row, eight-passenger 2012 Honda Pilot SUV has 10 cup holders, cargo area tie-down anchors and cargo area bag hooks. Available as options are a conversation mirror with sunglasses holder, cargo area dividers, cargo cover and interior bike attachment. On the exterior, the Pilot offers an available roof rack, attachments for ski, snowboard, surfboard, bike and kayak, soft roof cargo bag, hitch mountain bike attachment, and a power liftgate with lift-up glass hatch.
2013 Kia Sportage
2013 Kia SportageEnlarge Photo
The 2013 Kia Sportage provides a center console with armrest and storage, fold-away rear-center armrest with dual cup holders to help keep things tidy in the cabin, Optional features include a cooling glove compartment and cargo cover. Roof rails can be added to the exterior of the Sportage for even more toting capability.
2013 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover on test drive, Southern California, Nov 2011Enlarge Photo
New this year, the 2013 Mazda CX-5 has more room for gear and passengers than before, plus a driving position that’s nearly perfect. The load bay is long and low for easier access. And, while the single-pull release mechanisms for the 40/20/40 split rear seat back cushions requires the rear head rests to be removed first before folding, Mazda provides two dished trays outboard of the load area into which these headrests neatly fit.
For busy families always on the go, one really family-friendly feature has to be the door bottoms that extend down and around to cover the door sill. This keeps dirt, rain, slush and snow off the sill—and off driver and passenger feet, shoes and clothing.
2012 Toyota RAV4Enlarge Photo
This compact 2012 Toyota RAV4 crossover can seat five comfortably, or it can be optioned with a third row, although that makes it cramped except for small children. Nifty standard features include multi-function center console with cup holders, cell phone pocket and center console, dual glove box, and an under-floor storage compartment in the cargo area. Optional features include a cargo cover and a 120V AC power outlet, while the top-line Limited model can be optioned with leather seating, heated front seats and a rear-seat entertainment system—to keep the kids happy and occupied during family trips.
2012 Cadillac SRXEnlarge Photo
The 2012 Cadillac SRX luxury crossover features a unique rear compartment Cargo Management system featuring a segment-exclusive U-Rail track system with adjustable cargo fence to separate and hold items in place when the SRX is in motion. When not in use, the cargo fence can be removed, retracted and secured beneath the load floor. An optional area divider, organizer or cargo net can be used in place of the tubular fence. Bungee cords or nets can be easily connected to the four steel loops in the corners of the compartment. A waterproof bin is located in the rear compartment load floor and provides a space to house damp or dirty items following a family beach outing, serves as a cooler or a spot to secure small items out of view.
The rear programmable liftgate makes loading and unloading easy, allowing convenient access to more than 29 cubic feet of storage space behind the second row seats. That’s enough to hold four rolling suitcases, sports equipment and other sundry items. Fold flat the 60/40 split-rear seats and the cargo capacity increases to more than 61 cubic feet, enough to easily accommodate a baby stroller or bike.