So, you appetite to buy a three-row crossover. Afore plunking bottomward $40,000 on a new action account vehicle, ability we dissuade you with the anticipation of minivan ownership? The Pacifica Hybrid, conceivably … no? Fine.
Good affair crossovers (especially the Telluride and commensurable Palisade) are so nice to drive these days. We’ll accept you appetite the big three-row crossover, as you intend to bench association in all three rows. Unfortunately, adopting that third row reduces the accoutrements breadth from alveolate to clamber space. It’s rather adverse from a authentic numbers angle to the two models we accept today. The 2019 Buick Enclave goes from a aberrant 58 cubic-feet with the second-row in abode bottomward to 23.6 cubic-feet (which forth with the about identical 2020 Chevrolet Traverse is still best-in-class). Meanwhile, the 2020 Kia Telluride takes a agnate hit, activity from 46 cubic-feet bottomward to 21 cubic-feet.
Just attractive at the numbers, it would assume that the Enclave’s big advantage all but disappears with the third row up, boasting aloof 2.6 cubic-feet of accumulator added than the Telluride. But as West Coast Editor James Riswick has apparent in the abundant accoutrements tests he’s conducted, the numbers don’t consistently acquaint the accomplished story. Let’s see how the Enclave and Telluride analyze aback you absolutely put things inside.
Boom. The Enclave swallows all of the analysis accoutrements we accept for it after any fuss. The ambit amid the aback of the seats to the bear aperture is abundant to fit our full-size attache horizontally, authoritative it accessible to assemblage every added bag about it. It alike fits beneath the seatbacks, so the disciplinarian will accept an audacious appearance out the rear of the vehicle.
At our Michigan HQ, our analysis accoutrements consists of the afterward pieces: 28-inch cocked suitcase, 24-inch cocked suitcase, 19-inch cocked suitcase, two baby tote accoutrements and one backpack. It’s acceptable abundant accoutrements for a quick weekend break with the family, accustomed there are no strollers involved. As we attempted to backpack it all into the Telluride, we’re animated we didn’t accept annihilation else.
The accident of 2.6 cubic-feet of amplitude was absolutely acquainted abundant harder than what it looks like on paper. We knew we were in agitation aback the 28-inch attache didn’t fit forth the attic as it did so neatly in the Enclave. We were affected to assemblage it up abutting to the rear seats, which larboard it sitting rather alpine aback there. As a result, the added accoutrements didn’t accept a accurate or acceptable abode to go. After binding it all in as geometrically complete as we could, a brace pieces of accoutrements afraid out over the edge. The bear would not close. This bulk of accoutrements wouldn’t assignment if all three rows of seats were needed. So as it stands, the Enclave (and Chevy Traverse) is the big champ if you charge all three rows and added burden room.
We’re not absolutely afraid by the winner, but the allowance of achievement was a bit shocking. Alike admitting it alone has a 2.6 cubic-foot advantage, the Buick still has endless added amplitude to put being than what we awkward in abaft the third row. Enclave owners could fit at atomic one added 19-inch attache and added into the burden authority afore it starts to arrest rear visibility. The accoutrements was already alpha to intrude on the aback appearance in the Telluride with the items arranged as they were. Of course, you can consistently lay bottomward allotment of, or the accomplished third row and be larboard with endless of amplitude in both SUVs. We absitively to stick with third row packing for this test, though.
While the Enclave aces the Telluride in this test, it’s important to agenda that the big Kia absolutely has one of the better areas aft of the third-row amid crossovers. The Buick and its Chevy affinity are aloof that abundant bigger than the field, and the gap would acceptable be alike greater had we done this analysis with a 2020 Honda Pilot or 2020 Toyota Highlander. This is the aftereffect of exoteric ambit that dwarf aggregate abroad (the Enclave is 204.3 inches long), which additionally translates into almost deluxe third-row amplitude for passengers.
So the Buick gets the nod in this test, but the Telluride’s styling, on-road amenities and autogenous architecture still accomplish us appetite to alive in the Kia more. Plus, as we acclaimed aloof above, it’s still affluence big. And if ultimate burden accommodation is what you absolutely want, let us absolute you aback to the alpha of this article: That’s right, you charge a minivan.
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