I hauled a clothes dryer in my Ford Escape...with the back closed. I've had other SUVs that I towed and hauled stuff with. As mentioned above, you have to put down tarps or blankets to keep the carpet form getting wet or dirty, but that's why the seats fold down. The nice thing about a pickup is that I don't have to do that. It's a plastic bed, so I don't care if it gets scratched or dirty. That's what trucks are for! Just hose it out and go on with life. Also no worries about how tall an item is (to a point). Hauling my motorcycle is something I couldn't do with an SUV without a trailer.