Last updated on March 11th, 2017 at 01:29 pm
In order to get the most out of your vehicle, you’ve got to understand the features and benefits that come along with owning it. As a result, we’ve put together a list of the 20 best 7-passenger SUVs that are on the market right now! From old ones, all the way to new ones (as well as a plethora of different models and makes) – we’ll be looking at SUV options that are going to make your life much easier. These are in no particular order, so just read them all over and make the decision as you please. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
2016 BMW X5 ($53,800)
When you talk about BMW’s, there is usually a steep price associated with them. This particular model is still following that trend, but you get a lot of bang for your buck – the cabin isn’t the largest, but the features that are available to you are nothing short of extraordinary. With a classy and comfortable interior (made out of high quality materials), this is a SUV that makes the ride enjoyable. It’s great on the road, handles well and offers 18 mpg city (with 25 mpg highway). With a 300 horsepower engine in place, that’s quite good.
2016 Chevrolet Traverse ($28,500)
The Traverse, regardless of year, is known as a suitable SUV for many reasons. It’s cheap, and offers up the same amount of comfort that you’d find in a more luxurious option. It runs quietly, features modern gadgets/technology, but sports a low fuel consumption rating. In the end, it’s still a comfortable ride and seats 7 (or more) people. It’s also known for being rather safe!
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander ($22,950)
With this vehicle, it’s obvious that the price is right. Although it’s on the cheaper side, it still looks amazing. There’s a lot of room to be had, and it’s considerably safe – one of the problems that people had, is that the interior design is a little bit lacking. The performance could also use a bit of an adjustment, when compared to other 7-passenger SUVs. 25 mpg city and 31 mpg highway are pretty good, and probably the best on this list; but there’s only 166 horsepower to be had with this model.
2016 Mercedes Benz (GL Class) ($64,500)
Yet another expensive option from the Mercedes Benz camp, this is an SUV option that offers up both luxury and comfort. They really focused on quality in this instance, which applies when it comes to both the exterior and interior. The exterior is strong and assertive, but sleek; while the interior is luxurious and spacious. The only problem with this model is that the fuel consumption rating is lacking, only bringing in 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway; it’s still better when compared to some of the other SUV options you’ll find.
2016 Hyundai Santa Fe ($30,200)
This is a fantastic choice for anybody who needs space, but doesn’t want to sacrifice the comfort that should come with a family vehicle. This 7-passenger SUV is relatively affordable, and offers up a lot of cargo space; although, the third row of seats is somewhat smaller compared to others. The interior is quiet, offers optimal seating space and has fantastic safety features. The handling is a little tough, and the performance suffers as a result of the safety implementations; there are still 6 cylinders and a 3.3l engine to take into account. There’s 252 horsepower present, with a fuel efficiency rating of 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.
2016 Honda Pilot ($29,700)
The size of this 7-passenger SUV is what draws a lot of buyers in, which means that there’s always going to be enough room for your passengers. The exterior design of this SUV was re-worked, in order to ensure that there wasn’t a boxy look to it any longer. The interior is much higher in quality, but it can be a bit hard to maneuver around with. With that being said, fuel efficiency is decent; you can expect 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway (with 6 cylinders and a 3.5l engine, with 280 horsepower).
2016 Volvo XC90 ($49,000)
The new Volvo is one that focuses on luxury (which is why it’s a prominent 7-passenger luxury SUV), but is also capable of providing you with the necessary space required. The interior cabin features one of the most elegantly designed dashes/seating arrangements around, even though it isn’t as expensive as other luxury options. There are tons of gadgets to account for, as well as safety features and efficient fuel ratings (20 mpg city and 25mpg highway). The turbocharged engine features 316 horsepower.
2017 Audi Q7 ($48,000)
When you look at an Audi, you can know that you’re getting a quality model to drive on a daily basis. It’s priced reasonably, but still expensive in comparison to others; it offers up 7 seats, but doesn’t feel like an original 7-passenger luxury SUV. It’s big, comfortable and sports a lot of space; but the fuel rating is what makes things tough. 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway aren’t exactly good, but the 6 cylinder 3.0L engine does sport 280 horsepower.
2016 Mazda CX-9 ($29,500)
Although this SUV isn’t as large as some of the other options, it still has enough space (and comfort) to be considered one of the more reasonable 7-passenger SUV options on the list. It’s very sporty when it comes to the design, and looks as if it’d be very agile. With that being said, that isn’t the case; handling is spotty and it lacks power (with 273 horsepower). The 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway is incredibly lackluster.
2015 Acura MDX ($42,500)
The average price of this SUV option makes it a deal that just about anybody can get into, especially since it’s spacious and modern. It runs relatively smooth, as well as quietly; it’s properly designed and is fitted with tons of gadgets and gear. There’s only 290 horsepower present, but it offers some of the best fuel efficiency around (23 mpg combined!).
2016 Land Rover LR4 ($50,300)
The Land Rover LR4 is expensive, there’s no way around that – but it’s also one of the more outdoor-friendly options that you can find. If you’re a person who likes to go off-roading and such, this is an optimal model for you to pick. Although it’s an off-road choice, it’s really comfortable; it also sports 15 mpg city and 19 mpg highway.
2016 Dodge Durango ($30,500)
This selection is all about quality, which is something you need to seek out. It rides smoothly, features all of the modern technology you would expect it to, as well as a high-quality interior. There’s tons of space, but it’s also choppy when it comes to performance. The poor fuel efficiency is offset by the large amount of space present, as it offers up only 24 mpg combined.
2015 Nissan Pathfinder ($29,000)
Nissan is known for the Pathfinder make, which is both affordable and high in standards. It’s a cheaper variety of 7-passenger SUV, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s still a decent choice. The exterior looks nice, and the interior is made of durable materials; but it offers up the best gas mileage ever found in a Nissan SUV. It has 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, which is absolutely fantastic.
2015 Cadillac Escalade ($49,000)
This is one of those vehicles that has a lot of pop culture surrounding it. Escalades used to be incredibly prominent within movies and such, but has taken a back seat as of recent. This 2015 rendition offers up very imposing looks, as well as an interior that has been upgraded quite a bit. The technology included within the vehicle is top-notch, and the V-8 powertrain gives you access to copious amounts of power. Some people say that it’s too large, but when you’ve got to fit 7 people inside, it’s not going to be small! There’s 420-horsepower present within a 6.2-liter V-8 engine (which can produce up to 460 lbs per foot of torque!)
2016 Lexus GX 460 ($50,100)
When it comes to a Lexus of any sort, you know it’s going to be expensive. The design is exquisite, sporting a grill that you can’t find on just any regular SUV. There’s large headlamps, and a very luxurious look to the vehicle all-around – there are a lot of features present, and there are even off-road capabilities! If you have the money for this model, I would strongly suggest it.
2016 Ford Explorer ($31,000)
Explorer’s are 7-passenger SUV options that are always sought after, because they’ve become a really popular tradition of sorts. They run smoothly and without any noise, as well as offer up more than an abundance of space. It’s average priced, but people have said it lacks a certain amount of headroom. With 17 mph city and 24 mpg highway, there’s an average amount of fuel efficiency to be had here.
2015 Lincoln MKT ($43,200)
Lincolns are well-known for being a luxurious vehicle, and that hasn’t changed over time. This is an expensive option, but it’s very unique – there’s a lot of comfort and class to benefit from here. This SUV is a world-class vehicle, one that runs well and offers a lot of space. There’s 303 horsepower present in the engine, and its also turbocharged (with 6 cylinders and a 3.7L engine). When you need a spacious 7-passenger SUV, the 2015 Lincoln MKT is a viable choice for anybody.
2015 Buick Enclave ($39,000)
The Buick Enclave isn’t going to beat out any of the luxury models we’ve looked at today, but it’s still going to offer up a reasonable amount of benefits. For example, it’s one of the largest 7-passenger SUVs you can find; but with that being said, it runs like one as well. The seats are comfortable and there’s 288 horsepower to be taken into account. The fuel consumption rate is disappointing, but that’s expected when it comes to 7-passenger SUVs; it only comes in with 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. With all of that being said, it’s a fair trade-off in the end.
2015 Nissan Armada ($38,000)
It’s not the cheapest option to be considered, but it’s still capable of handling your seating needs. The 2015 Nissan Armada is considerably larger in comparison to others, but there are a lot of SUVs that offer up more (and in most cases, better) features. It’s very safe, but it doesn’t offer a reasonable rate of fuel mileage. There’s 13 mpg city and 19 mpg highway to be had, but there’s always going to be a model that offers up better fuel mileage. If you’re dedicated to purchasing a Nissan, it just may be the model that you’re so desperately seeking. If you can stand to wait, you may as well take a look at some of the other options we’ve listed.
2015 Infiniti QX80 ($63,000)
Price isn’t the only thing that you need to look at, and you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. When you first look at this SUV, it doesn’t seem as if it’s going to stand up to the test of time. It’s an SUV that’s fitted with tons of features, and is actually able to go off-road (something that many options on this list wouldn’t dare attempt). It looks plain, but it’s high on performance. The materials used when it comes to the interior are of the highest quality, and the off-road capabilities are obviously ideal; but you’ve got to take into account the fact that it eats up a lot of gas. The 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway isn’t exactly stellar, and is pretty poor. It’s always going to be a fuel struggle when it comes to buying a 7-passenger SUV, but it doesn’t need to be this bad.
There you have it – a total of 20 different 7-passenger SUVs for you to consider purchasing. Whatever you want, there are tons of different models and makes to look at; it’s just a matter of preference in the end of it all.