If one of your New Year's resolutions is to live a more active lifestyle, chances are you'll have lots of equipment to haul with you. Things like golf clubs, bicycles, mountain climbing gear and surf boards tend to take up a lot of space, and an SUV is a great vehicle for hauling all of this stuff around. Here are some of the highest-ranking used compact and midsize SUVs that have the most cargo space in their respective classes. Also, be sure to check out our New Year's Resolutions for Car Buyers.
Used Compact SUVs
The Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 both have lots of cargo space for the class, with over 70 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. 2010 and 2011 models of either SUV typically cost between $15,000 and $20,000, and they have great reliability ratings.
The Honda Element has nearly 75 cubic feet of cargo capacity with its rear seats removed, and it has a rubber floor that should be easy to clean. Keep in mind that Honda discontinued the Element after the 2011 model year. 2010 and 2011 models typically cost $15,000 to $20,000.
The Subaru Forester has about 68 cubic feet of overall cargo space, and while that isn't quite as much as the CR-V or RAV4 have, it is still good for the class. Additionally, the Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive, which you may find handy if you're planning to take it on skiing trips. A 2010 model typically costs between $15,000 and $20,000, and 2011 and 2012 models tend to cost $20,000 or more.
Used Midsize SUVs
The Buick Enclave has about 115 cubic feet of cargo space, which makes it even more cavernous than large SUVs like the GMC Yukon. Used models from the 2010 and 2011 model year can cost $20,000 to $25,000.
The Mazda CX-9 also has a good amount of cargo space for the class at about 100 cubic feet. In addition, the CX-9 received reviewer praise for being one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs in the class. 2011 and 2012 models also cost between $20,000 and $25,000.
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