There are several important advantages SUVs come with that most minivans and other types of cars do not. While they typically consume more fuel and can be a little less pocket-friendly, it’s certainly not a bad tradeoff for the huge extra space and style they bring to the table.
Now, when it comes to SUVs, the ones that are designed for 8 passengers may usually serve most people the best, thanks to being able to carry your whole family as well as a lot of cargo without compromising one bit on the comfort.
They are usually also very tough and a much better and reliable option than other types of cars out there during a rough weather. But if you’re just looking to accommodate 7 people and want a slightly better fuel economy, you may want to check out our list of best 7-passenger SUVs.
As for an eight passenger SUV, choosing the right one may turn out to be quite a daunting task, especially given that you can’t go testing many and may not even have the kind of expertise you need to figure out which one is the best. That being said, our list of 15 8-passenger SUVs may certainly eliminate the need to do more research for you.
Looking for the best 8-passenger SUV? Here are your 15 best options!
#1 2016 Toyota Highlander
The Toyota Highlander is inarguably one of the most popular SUVs out there. It has been doing great in terms of sales from quite a while now, and perhaps for good reason.
It can easily accommodate 8 passengers, as well as leave you with enough space for all your cargo. Moreover, you would probably especially be impressed with the minivan feel the interior provides, which just takes the comfort to another level.
As far as the engine options are concerned, you can either go for the 2.7-liter four-cylinder that comes with a horsepower of 185, or a V-6 that boasts of a huge towering capacity of 5,000 pounds, with the horsepower, too, being more impressive at 270.
The latter allows you to choose between front-wheel drive and an all-wheel drive, while the former only offers the front-wheel drive.
Finally, the 2016 version comes with some updated safety features, which certainly makes it an even more tempting option.
#2 2017 Nissan Armada
The 2017 Armada comes with some significant improvements over its previous version that have surely left many surprised. First, it’s a true 8-passenger SUV in all aspects, with an enormous size and highly comfortable seating and interior.
Secondly, you also get a bit of customization that allows you to increase the cargo space even more, which certainly makes it the best bet for those who are looking for a lot of space and storage.
The engine, too, boasts a considerable improvement, with the 5.6-liter V-8 coming with 390 horsepower as against the old model’s 517 ponies.
#3 2016 Lincoln Navigator L
While the 2016 Navigator L isn’t one of the most popular SUVs out there, it doesn’t mean it’s not good enough. In fact, it’s one of the few SUVs on the market today that offers “premium” seating for eight passengers.
The build quality is pretty solid, and there’s enough cargo space, too. The power-folding third row seat is a unique feature of the Navigator L, making the cargo space very conveniently accessible. You also have the option of adding an air suspension that would make the ride even smoother and more comfortable.
The 2016 version of the Navigator L comes with a superior twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which produces an impressive 380 horsepower.
#4 2016 Honda Pilot
The 2016 Honda Pilot is definitely one of the best picks in the 8-passenger SUVs segment, boasting healthy sales figures, a lot of praise by critics, and a surprisingly large number of highly satisfied owners.
While the Pilot’s design has been changed lately, it still comes with impressive interior space. Similarly, it also offers the all-wheel drive, which is definitely a very important feature nowadays.
It doesn’t disappoint on the power front either, with the Pilot’s V-6 3.5-liter engine producing 280 horsepower.
#5 2016 Chevrolet Suburban
When it comes to the towering capacity, there don’t really seem to be many better options out there than the 2016 Chevrolet Suburban, which boasts a massive towering capacity of up to 8,300 lbs. It turns out to be the winner on the space front as well, with the innovative seats’ design ensuring that it can accommodate as many as nine passengers instead of eight.
The Suburban’s V-8 engine, with a capacity of 5.3-liter, offers a solid 355 horsepower, too. The 2016 version offers you the option to stick to the rear-wheel drive, or upgrade to a four-wheel drive.
#6 2016 GMC Acadia
The 2016 GMC Acadia may well turn out to be a very “balanced” option for most, as it comes with pretty much all the essential features. First, it offers very comfortable seating for up to eight passengers. Secondly, it comes in both a front-wheel drive as well as an all-wheel drive. Thirdly, the third-row seats are foldable, meaning that you can increase the cargo space anytime you want.
The interior is very spacious too. The ride quality and safety features hardly leave anything to be desired as well, as it boasts features such as blind spot monitors and curtain airbags.
Finally, with a V-6 engine offering a reasonably good 281 horsepower, the Acadia may definitely hit the spot for most people out there.
#7 2016 Ford Expedition
The Ford Expedition is another popular SUV out there, and another one on this list that offers comfortable seating for eight passengers. The third row, however, isn’t as spacious and hence best avoided by adults.
The interior is pretty comfortable overall and the Expedition’s V-6 engine doesn’t disappoint as well with a horsepower of 365.
#8 2016 GMC Yukon XL
The Yukon XL is pretty similar to many other 8-passenger SUVs, except that it probably comes with a slightly smoother ride and turns out to be a better option for daily driving.
As far as the space is concerned, the Yukon XL definitely ranks among the best, as it can offer enough space for up to nine passengers if the first-row bench seat is opted for.
While the base Yukon XL only comes with a V-8 355-horsepower engine, the high-end Denali version’s V-8 6.2-liter engine is capable of producing 420 ponies.
#9 2016 Lexus LX 570
The Lexus LX 570 seems to be a more unique SUV, allowing you to fold the cargo compartment’s walls and make more space for additional passengers. Some may find the feature to a little less practical, though.
However, what most would find impressive is the LX 570’s impressive off-road capability, thanks to features such as crawl control and a permanent four-wheel drive system.
The LX 570 also fares well on the power front, with the V-8 engine offering an outstanding 383 horsepower.
#10 2016 Toyota Sequoia
The Toyota Sequoia comes with a fairly impressive design, taking inspiration from some high-end Japanese models. However, it’s as powerful as any other American SUV, with a towering capacity of up to 7,400 lbs.
It’s also very spacious, like most of the SUVs on this list, as well as comes with an impressive 381-horsepower engine.
#11 2016 Lexus NX 300h
When it comes to hybrid SUVs, there really don’t seem to be many impressive options out there. However, the 2016 Lexus NX 300h is definitely an exception, with many crowning it as the best 8 passenger hybrid SUV on the market.
While the NX 300h doesn’t compromise one bit on the power front, even when compared to most sport-utility vehicles, it offers a much smoother and controlled ride. It’s also unique in the sense that it isn’t a gas-based SUV, with its two electric motors and 2.5-liter engine producing 194 horses.
#12 2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV
Well, if budget is nowhere near to being a constraint for you, the Cadillac Escalade ESV is probably the best you can get that fits all your requirements. It’s believed to be the best luxurious SUV that can seat up to eight people.
Resembling a style similar to the Presidential limousine, the Escalade ESV comes with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that produces a massive 420 horsepower and boasts 460 lbs of torque. You have the option to choose between rear wheels and a four-wheel drive.
#13 2016 Infiniti QX80
The Infiniti QX80 is a monster SUV that would have no problem fitting in eight passengers, though children would make the best occupants in the third row. Its size is huge, however, and so is its power capacity of 400 horsepower, produced by the 5.6-liter V8.
#14 2016 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid
The Porsche Cayenne is another rare hybrid SUV that’s comparable to most SUVs on this list. As it comes from a highly reputed brand in the world, you wouldn’t find much to complain about it.
One of its highly unique feature is that it can cover as much as 20 miles just on its battery. However, you would get a sense of its real power when you put to use its massive 416-horsepower 3.0-liter V-6.
#15 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The Highlander Hybrid is perhaps the last hybrid SUV that’s not going to disappoint in the slightest, just like its non-hybrid version.
It’s smooth, practical, and quick, but it also makes sure you don’t have to pay a huge price for these features. The three electric motors it comes with helps the otherwise not-so-powerful 3.5-liter V-6 engine produce 280 horses.