What is the Best SUV to Fit Your Bicycle?
Some cyclists equip their vehicles with a rack that can easily carry their bicycles when they are ready to hit the trails or the paved pathways. While bike racks could be an easy solution to equip a smaller vehicle for bicycles, SUVs may have plenty of storage in the back to store a bike without adding a rack to the back.
SUVs are available in multiple sizes; some are compact, but other models offer lots of space (and even three rows of seats). What is the best SUV to fit your bicycle? The space of SUVs can be deceiving; in fact, there is a smaller SUV that is capable of storing a bike in the back cargo area. The best SUV to fit your bicycle includes these models:
- GMC Yukon XL / Chevrolet Suburban
- GMC Yukon / Chevrolet Tahoe
- Jeep Wagoneer
- Toyota Highlander
- Ford Expedition Max
What Do These SUVs Have in Common?
The five SUVs that could be the best options for storing a bike have one commonality; They are among the most spacious SUVs on the market for cargo area. All the models offer three rows of seating, and while the models offer a decent amount of space behind the third row, bike enthusiasts can expand the cargo space by folding down the second and/or third rows.
Here’s how much space each model offers behind the third row:
- GMC Yukon XL / Chevrolet Suburban – 41.5 cubic feet
- Ford Expedition Max – 34.3 to 36 cubic feet
- Jeep Wagoneer – 27.4 cubic feet
- GMC Yukon / Chevrolet Tahoe – 25.5 cubic feet
- Toyota Sequoia – 18.9 cubic feet
When the seats are folded down, these SUVs offer much more space for storing bicycles and other gear. Check out the cargo space specs of each model when the back is open behind the front seat.
- GMC Yukon XL / Chevrolet Suburban – 144.7 cubic feet
- GMC Yukon / Chevrolet Tahoe – 122.9 cubic feet
- Ford Expedition Max – 121.4 cubic feet
- Toyota Sequoia – 120.1 cubic feet
- Jeep Wagoneer – 116.7 cubic feet
All of these models should offer plenty of space to store a bike. Some bicycles also could be stored more easily if the wheels are removed, and some bike models even fold up for easier storage. For those who are looking for bikes that can fold up for easier storage in smaller vehicles, Bicycling offers a list of the best folding bikes.
These Smaller SUVs Also Can Store a Bike
There is one small (or compact) SUV that made the list of SUVs capable of storing a bike in the back. The Honda CR-V may be smaller in size when compared to models like the Suburban, but the CR-V still offers enough space to store a bike—especially when the back seats are folded.
Behind the third row, the 2022 CR-V offers 37.6 to 39.2 cubic feet of storage space; this is more than most of the larger models (except for the Suburban and Yukon XL). With the seats folded, the CR-V expands its cargo space to 75.8 cubic feet.
One of the Honda CR-V’s competitors is the Toyota RAV4. How much space does this model offer for bikes? The RAV4 also offers a decent amount of cargo space behind the third row; in fact, it offers about the same amount of space as the CR-V.
Behind the third row, the RAV4 boasts 37.5 to 37.6 cubic feet. In total, it offers up to 69.7 to 69.8 cubic feet of storage (when the seats are folded). While the CR-V is more spacious, the RAV4 also could be roomy enough for a bike (especially folding bikes).
What is the Least Expensive SUV for Carrying a Bike?
MotorTrend rounded up the least expensive SUVs for the 2022 model year. The least expensive models were these five SUVs:
- Hyundai Venue $19,000
- Kia Soul $19,290
- Nissan Kicks $19,990
- Hyundai Kona $21,300
- Ford EcoSport $22,040
The 2023 models have been released for several of these SUVs, and the new starting MSRP may be higher than the 2022 model year.
How do these SUVs compare for cargo space? Are any of them spacious enough to carry a bike in the back? Here are the cargo storage specs for each model.
- Hyundai Venue – 18.3 cubic feet behind the second row / 31.9 cubic feet with the seats down
- Kia Soul – 24.2 cubic feet behind the second row /62.1 cubic feet with the seats down
- Nissan Kicks – 25.3 cubic feet behind the second row / 53.1 cubic feet with the seats down
- Hyundai Kona – 19.2 cubic feet behind the second row / 45.8 cubic feet with the seats down
- Ford EcoSport – 20.9 cubic feet behind the second row / 50 cubic feet with the seats down
As most bicycles measure about 69 inches, many cycling/bike sites note that many cars and SUVs have space for them inside the car. Even hatchbacks and compact cars could fit a bike if the wheels are removed.
Seeing that even a small car could fit a bike, smaller SUVs also could offer plenty of space for carrying a bicycle. Larger SUVs might have no problem fitting a bike behind the third row, while other SUVs might need the back row or rows dropped down for enough cargo space. However, foldable bikes might be simpler to store and require much less cargo space.
Buyers on a budget who need a car with enough space for their bike might be fine with a lower-priced SUV. They might even opt for a small hatchback or an economical sedan.
Another solution for bicyclists who need to carry their bikes and gear is to install a bike rack on the back of the vehicle. The bike fastens to the back of the vehicle allowing the storage space in the car to be used for gear or other needs.
Bike racks can be found at different price points, and car owners and buyers might need to find the best one for both their car model and their budget.
Can Electric SUVs / Crossovers Carry a Bike in the Back?
Some buyers are focusing their shopping journey on electric automobiles. There are several crossover electric models available and there also are electric SUVs. Which models offer enough space for bikes?
The Rivian R1S is an electric SUV that offers three rows of seats. With the seats down, it offers 105 cubic feet of storage space—plenty of room for a bike. It has a starting price of $78,000 and offers an estimated range from 260 to 320 miles (depending on the motors/battery).
The Tesla Model X also is an electric crossover. The Model X starts at $120,990 and has an estimated range of 348 miles. It offers 88 cubic feet of storage. The Model X Plaid starts at $138,990 and has an estimated range of 333 miles; it offers the same amount of storage.
Other electric SUVs include the Audi e-tron, BMW iX xDrive50, Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and several others, too. Buyers need to check the specs to ensure that they offer enough cargo space.
The least expensive electric SUV is the 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV. The model starts at $27,200 and offers an estimated range of 247 miles. The Bolt EUV also offers 56.9 cubic feet of storage. Car buyers might have to opt for a foldable bike or take off the wheels of their bike.
Shop Used for Lower Prices
Buyers who need an SUV for their bike and other cargo needs might also not have the budget for a new model. While some SUVs are less than $20K, the prices can rise based on options and other features. Buyers on a tight budget might opt to search for a used SUV.
The price of used models can vary depending on the make/model, age, mileage, and condition. Car shoppers can search for their SUV options via Carzing by using the site’s search query tool and choosing to search by body type.
Select the SUV option, and Carzing will show all the options at nearby dealerships. However, buyers can use the toolbar to the left of their results to set price parameters to ensure that their search only includes SUVs that are in their price point.
Some used models in a buyer’s search results could be discontinued older models. For example, the Toyota Land Cruiser was discontinued several years ago but is still can be found as a used model. To better understand the space available in these older or discontinued models, car buyers can research the cargo specs related to the model.
Most SUVs Could Be Spacious Enough to Store a Bike
Car buyers who want an SUV for carrying or hauling their bicycles have more options than they might realize. Many SUV models might offer enough interior space for a bike. Even the smaller CR-V is roomy enough for a bike.
Even small cars can fit a foldable bike or a bike with the wheels removed. If buyers don’t have the budget for a larger SUV, they might consider smaller vehicles or search for a used SUV. In addition, some car buyers might just opt to install a bike rack to ensure that the vehicle’s cargo area is free for other gear or equipment.