Top 12 Hybrids With the Most Cargo Capacity for 2011


If you're about to drive down the green road of hybrid ownership, you probably know that making this choice can do a number on cargo capacity. A hybrid vehicle can lose as much as 3 to 5 cubic feet of cargo capacity relative to its gas-only equivalent, due to the presence of its battery pack.

Green-minded shoppers looking for choices with the most room for toting stuff will want to check out the list below; these are the 12 hybrids with the most cargo capacity for 2011. Note that our list contains more than our typical 10 choices due to a three-way tie between corporate triplets Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, GMC Yukon Hybrid and Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid.

As you'd expect, most of the choices are crossovers, but there's also an extraordinarily roomy hatchback or two in the mix. All measurements shown are in cubic feet.

  1. Lexus RX 450h

    1. Lexus RX 450h

    Cargo capacity: 40

  2. 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

    2. 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

    Cargo capacity: 32.1

  3. 2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Hybrid

    3. 2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Hybrid

    Cargo capacity: 29.4

  4. Mercury Mariner Hybrid

    4. Mercury Mariner Hybrid

    Cargo capacity: 27.9

  5. Ford Escape Hybrid

    5. Ford Escape Hybrid

    Cargo capacity: 27.8

  6. 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6

    6. 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6

    Cargo capacity: 25.6

  7. Honda CR-Z

    7. Honda CR-Z

    Cargo capacity: 25.1

  8. Toyota Prius

    8. Toyota Prius

    Cargo capacity: 21.6

  9. 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

    9. 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

    Cargo capacity: 20.5

  10. 2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

    10. 2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

    Cargo capacity: 16.9 (tie)

  11. 2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid

    2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid

    Cargo capacity: 16.9 (tie)

  12. 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

    2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

    Cargo capacity: 16.9 (tie)

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