Top 10 Hybrids and Electric Vehicles With the Most Cargo Capacity for 2012


The bad news is that hybrids and electric vehicles come up short in the cargo-capacity department, relative to their gas-only equivalents. The reason has to do with the presence of their battery packs, which can steal as much as 3 to 5 cubic feet of room.

The good news is that despite this handicap, there are plenty of hybrids and EVs on the market that are pretty well endowed when it comes to luggage capacity. The picks listed below are proof; these are the 10 hybrids and electric vehicles with the most cargo capacity for 2012.

Not surprisingly, most of the choices are crossovers, but there's also a roomy hatchback or two in the mix, as well as Tesla's spacious electric sedan. All measurements shown are in cubic feet.

  1. 2012 Lexus RX 450h

    1. 2012 Lexus RX 450h

    Cargo capacity: 40

  2. 2012 Toyota Prius V

    2. 2012 Toyota Prius V

    Cargo capacity: 34.3

  3. 2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

    3. 2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

    Cargo capacity: 32.1

  4. 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid

    4. 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid

    Cargo capacity: 27.8

  5. 2012 Tesla Model S

    5. 2012 Tesla Model S

    Cargo capacity: 26.3

  6. 2012 Honda CR-Z

    6. 2012 Honda CR-Z

    Cargo capacity: 25.1

  7. 2012 Toyota Prius

    7. 2012 Toyota Prius (tie)

    Cargo capacity: 21.6

  8. 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In

    2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In (tie)

    Cargo capacity: 21.6

  9. 2012 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

    8. 2012 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

    Cargo capacity: 20.5

  10. 2012 Toyota Prius C

    9. 2012 Toyota Prius C

    Cargo capacity: 17.1

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