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3 Best Midsize SUVS for people who live in their cars

Published March 19, 2018

If such a statement is taken literally, this will be a list of vehicles offering some important features; loads of storage space, flexible seating arrangements, and good build quality are among them. Very few, if any, SUVs are perfect, but we’ve found some that would be suitable for hauling loads of people and stuff with relative ease and comfort.

Kia Sorento

The big Kia is a contender from the outset, thanks to its 5-year/60,000 mile warranty, plus a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty(!), and you won’t be disappointed when you jump inside either. The interior seating offers great flexibility as well as comfort; the second row is split 40:20:40, and it reclines and slides forward to allow easy access to the optional 50:50 split third row. All models except the base car are well-equipped, with leather, USB ports, dual-zone climate control, Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Oddments storage is plentiful, and the airy cabin is a pleasing place to sit (especially so with the optional panoramic glass roof), with generous legroom and shoulder room afforded to passengers.

Volkswagen Atlas

A long time coming, Volkwagen’s seven-seat Atlas is an extremely well built and spacious vehicle. Adults will be comfortable in any row, and even with all seats occupied there is still plenty of space for additional cargo in the rear. The big VW has 96.8cu ft of space with the second and third rows folded, near the top of the class, and it is a cabin built in the only way Volkswagen knows how, with vault-like solidity and flawless finishes. If cupholders are your thing, the Atlas can be optioned with up to 17 of them. The tech-savvy owners will be pleased to know up to three 12V plugs and four USB ports are also available, so you’ll never be short of power. Lastly, once you’re driving, the plush ride and serene cabin will leave you in no doubt as to the high quality of the Atlas.

Ford Edge

The optionally-equipped AWD Edge is an interesting but good-looking prospect for those looking for a roomy car but not necessarily requiring a third row of seats. The five passengers are treated with a huge amount of space that is easy to access thanks to a relatively low height. Behind the second row is almost 40cu ft for carrying life’s treasures, as well as plenty of useful pockets and cubbies throughout the cabin to lose things in. The second row doesn’t quite fold flat, but there is still some 73cu ft of space behind the front seats, and the Edge is less than 190” long, making most parking lots an easily navigable mission. Four 12V power outlets and a pair of USB ports keep the Edge on par or ahead of most competitors as long as you check the Sync3 option (which brings with it worthwhile stereo and connectivity upgrades as well).
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