The midsize sedan is a staple of the passenger-car market. It’s small enough to park in tight spaces but spacious enough to fit five people comfortably. It’s generally more affordable than other types of vehicles, but still comes with plenty of today’s favorite features. A sedan is a practical, easy choice for your average drive. But, which midsize sedans give you the most cargo space?
Cars.com has its own, custom measurement system for finding real-world cargo specifications. These numbers may and will vary from manufacturer specs, and are meant only for personal research.
7: The 2022 Kia Stinger sedan has 15.5 cu. ft. of trunk space
Kia’s own specs claim that the 2022 Stinger offers 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, with additional storage area when the seats are folded forward. This differs from Cars.com’s measurement of 15.5 cubic feet in the Stinger GT-Line 2.5T by quite a bit and sheds some light on issues of inconsistency in how usable cargo space is determined.
6: The 2021 Mazda6 sedan has 18.4 cu. ft. of cargo space
The sleek and stylish Mazda6 is flexible, too? You bet. The 2021 Mazda6 Signature sedan gives you about 18.4 cubic feet of usable storage area in the trunk. That’s plenty of room to pack suitcases, duffel bags, grocery bags, dog gear, and anything else your busy weekend needs. Wih up to 227 horsepower, you’ll be looking for excuses to travel.
5: The 2021 VW Passat sedan has 18.5 cu. ft. of trunk space
With up to 36 mpg on the highway, 174 horsepower from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and 18.5 cubic feet of space in the trunk, the 2021 Passat R-Line is a great option for those looking for a convenient and capable car. The Passat is sadly being phased out as the VW Group kills 60% of its cars over the next decade. If you want a stylish German midsize sedan with good cargo space, you may need to look for a used one.
4: The 2021 Toyota Camry sedan has 19.4 cu. ft. of trunk space
Not only is the Camry the best-selling car of 2022, it offers a ton of real-world, usable trunk space. As you’ll note in the video above, manufacturer specs give the Camry only 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space as measured by basic industry standards. Remember—automakers and Cars.com measure trunk area differently, so you can’t compare these number directly. Just know that the Camry is packing… a lot of convenience.
3: The 2021 Hyundai Sonata sedan has 19.8 cu. ft. of cargo space
Hyundai is doing more and more right these days, including gifting some massive cargo space to its sedans. The Sonata—which starts under $25,000—offers up 19.8 cubic feet of trunk space as hand-measured by the pros at Cars.com. Excellent fuel economy and an impressive variety of powertrain options makes the Sonata a solid choice among midsize sedans.
2: The 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid sedan has 19.9 cu. ft. of trunk space
You may not be surprised to learn that the trunk in the Honda Accord is more spacious than some full-size sedans. In fact, this indulgent trunk has won awards for Honda’s midsize car. With just a hair under 20 cubic feet of usable cargo space and up to 48 mpg in the city and on the highway, the 2021 Accord Hybrid is a serious contender for the best car on this list. Its spacious trunk makes the Accord Hybrid a great car for rentals or driving for Uber and Lyft
1: The 2021 Kia K5 sedan has 20.3 cu. ft. of cargo space
Cars.com measured 20.3 cubic feet of usable cargo space in the 2021 Kia K5—manufacturer specs say only 16.0 cubic feet. The difference is likely in the small nooks and crannies that offer slightly more storage area than industry standards allow to be measured. For a great mix of style and convenience, consider the snappy Kia K5 GT-Line.
Choose a midsize car with the best storage options
If cargo storage is the most important factor when buying a vehicle—honestly, get a hatchback or a crossover. Even spacious trunks can be somewhat limiting. However, if priority #1 is finding a fuel-efficient and affordable sedan that you’ll love, that also offers good real-world cargo space, any of the cars on this list should fit the bill.