Which Minivan Has The Most Cargo Space

Whether using a minivan for #vanlife, storing your tools and construction equipment, or even transporting the kids, minivans have tons of secure cargo space! 

While you will never get compliments from your friends you will have the comfort of having a truck-like space to safely and securely haul anything you want or cruise the backcountry roads with a secure place to sleep! 

We have created a top list of minivans that have the most cargo space out there. While cargo space in cubic feet is great we are also going to try to give you the dimensions of the cargo space. This will help in your planning of carrying cargo or outfitting your van into the ultimate camping machine. 

 Read on below!

Which Van Has The Largest Cargo Space

Carnival Showing Cargo Space
2023 Kia Carnival – Photo: Kia

Kia Carnival Cargo Space Dimensions

The Kia Carnival gets the Offroader-X nod when it comes to cargo space. When the seats are all laid down flat you get the most cargo space in the minivan class.

When the second and third rows are folded down the Carnival provides an estimated 145.1 cubic feet of space!  

Here are the estimated measurements for the van:

  • 90.1 inches long to center console
  • 100 – 103 inches long to the seats (varies depending on locations of the front seats)
  • 50 inches wide at its shortest length
  • 39+/- inches high around the entrance of the rear door
  • The tallest the space gets is around 47-48 inches. This is towards the center of the van

For all the minivaners out there that hate the look of the minivan, they will be excited when they see the new carnival.  It gives the appearance of an SUV so you can get out of the soccer mom vehicle club. 

Honda Odyssey Cargo Dimensions

Honda Odyssey Middle Seats Folded – Photo: Honda

The Odyssey by Honda comes in at 144.9 cubic feet for the LX/EX and 140.7 Cubic Feet for the EX-L/Touring/Elite. 

With the Honda Odyssey, the second-row seats do not fold flat into the vehicle like some of our other minivans above. You have to physically remove the seats in order to get a flat surface. For most people that is going to be an annoyance so if you are looking for fold flat then you will need to check your other choices. 

Here are the estimated measurements for the van:

  • 96 inches long from the entrance of the back door to the center console
  • 48 inches wide at the rear of the Honda. Like most vans, this is the tightest spot and it’s because of the wheel wells. 
  • 37.5-46 inches of height is available with the smallest at the rear door and the highest closer to the center of the vehicle. 

This vehicle can fit a 4×8 sheet of plywood as well. 

2021 Kia Sedona

The Kia Sedona has been redesigned in turn for the more adventurous Kia Carnival above. Basically, the Carnival looks like an SUV and a minivan had a baby. 

But the Kia Sedonas are no slouch when it comes to cargo space. They come in at 142 cubic feet of space, 33.9 cubic feet behind the third row and 78.4 cubic feet behind the second row. 

The second row of the Sedona does fold but they do not lay flat. In order to achieve the max cubic feet available you will have to remove those seats. So this is not ideal if you are looking for a laydown seat version of a van. But the positive is if you take out those seats you will get more than 142 cubic feet of storage!

2023 Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler Pacifica Cargo Storage
Chrysler Pacifica Cargo Storage – Photo: Chrysler

The Chrysler Pacifica is a van that doesn’t appear to be getting turned into an SUV just yet. The Pacifica’s storage capacity has a maximum of 140.5 cubic feet when both of the rows of the van are folded down. 

Both of the rows of the Pacifica fold down flat and that is ideal if you are creating a construction vehicle or just going to live out your best van life!

Here are the estimated measurements for the van:

  • 96 inches long from the back door to the center console
  • 48+ inches at the tightest spot which is found at the rear of the van 
  • 37.5-46 inches of height is available with the smallest at the rear door and the highest closer to the center of the vehicle. 

For you construction workers or DIYs out there, it can fit a 4×8 piece of plywood in the back when all seats are folded down. If you are not a construction worker or DIYer then it still gives you a good mental picture of the storage capability. It also gives a good idea of what kind of bed you can install back there as well!

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

There is currently no difference in the amount of cargo space you get in this hybrid minivan compared to its cousin above! The only difference is the amount of cash you will see leaving your wallet for gas. The hybrid gets around 82 mpg compared to the 31 mpg the non-hybrid gets!!!

Chrysler Voyager

Also no changes here for the Voyager. It maintains 140.5 cubic feet of storage with similar dimensions. So why have the vehicle be the same but named differently? Chrysler decided to package up the trims with different names. So the Voyager is the entry-level trims and the Pacifica starts your mid to premium trims. 

So if you don’t need a lot of luxury then I would go with the Voyager because sometimes all the bells and whistles can be money well spent elsewhere!

Toyota Sienna Cargo Dimensions

Toyota Sienna Seats Folded Up and Cargo in back
2023 Toyota Sienna With Seats Folded Up – Photo: Toyota

Now our list takes a big drop in cargo space starting with the Toyota Sienna.

The Sienna comes in shyly at 101 cubic feet of cargo space. That is around 40 cubic feet less than most of the minivans below!

What gives? OffroaderX believes that it could be because Toyota wanted to offer a different type of van than what is out there and also a better mpg. The Sienna gets better mpg than the Odyssey partly because it is smaller but there are most likely other reasons as well. 

Here are the estimated measurements for the van:

  • 94 inches long from the entrance of the back door to the center console
  • 48 inches wide at the rear of the Sienna 
  • 39-43 inches of height is available with the smallest at the rear door and the highest closer to the center of the vehicle

Unfortunately, the second-row seats do not fold down so you will have to remove them to create the most cargo space. 

Some tips on understanding cargo space

Here is a little practice I do to envision cargo space.

The manufacturers will give you space in terms of cubic feet.  To simplify it that means they did a calculation of length x width x height to get the overall space. (They may actually scan it but for this let’s just say they did that).

  1. So let’s use 140 cubic feet of storage for the example.  In my mind, I try and break that down into a small box so that I can understand what might be able to fit.  
  2. So first I divide by 10 so that it makes the calculation easy. So that makes it 14. So then I divide that number by whatever number makes a clean division. So it would be two or 7.
  3. So now I either mentally see a 2 x 7 x 10 box or I at least measure out the box with some tape of the two sides and then mentally picture the height of whatever is left over. 

It’s not exact but it helps me visually some things and if you are looking into buying a vehicle it can help understand how much more space one vehicle has than another.

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