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!
BMW X5 ($62,000)
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 an 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.
Mercedes-Benz GLS ($70,000)
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. This is also one of the more powerful SUVs on the list, offering up to 577 horsepower. Acceleration won’t be an issue, and the fuel economy is surprisingly good considering the size of the car and the engine power.
Honda Pilot ($47,000)
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).
If you want to get the pilot fitted for seven passengers, you’ll have to move up to the Elite trim and get yourself second-row bucket seats. It raises the price tag up to about $47K, but it also comes with some added goodies.
Volvo XC90 ($54,000)
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.
Audi Q7 ($53,500)
When you look at an Audi, you can know that you’re getting a quality model to drive on a daily basis. When it comes to the Q7, the only real issue comes down to space. You’ll have room for luggage and the third row is suitable for children, but it gets pretty cramped for adults. If you’re planning on doing a lot of traveling with older kids or adults, you might want something a bit roomier.
On the plus side, the Audi Q7 has great safety and reliability ratings. Plenty of modern features and tech come standard, and the interior is very comfortable to sit on for long periods of time.
Mazda CX-9 ($32,000)
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. Although handling was an issue with older models, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 shows significant improvements. It’s not the most powerful SUV on the list, but it yields average gas mileage for the class and provides all passengers with a wonderful driving experience.
Acura MDX ($44,200)
With a starting price of just over $44K, the Acura MDX has a price point that sits in the center of this list. It combines the luxury and class associated with high price tags with the practicality of an affordable vehicle, making it a great pick for families or travel. The MDX offers a smooth, quiet ride, in addition to plenty of standard technology. The interior is well-designed and modern, but not the most luxurious around. There’s only 290 horsepower present, but it still has plenty of pep and offers some of the best fuel efficiency around (23 mpg combined!).
Cadillac Escalade ($75,000)
The Cadillac Escalade is one of the most well-known luxury SUVs on the market, which is why you’ll never find one cheap. Despite the fact that it’s an absolute giant, the amount of available space is far too little. It can handle luggage fairly well, but adults in the third row won’t be happy. If you’re traveling with kids or young teens, it should get the job done pretty well.
High-quality materials are used throughout the interior, giving the Escalade a very high-class feel to it. The technology included within the vehicle is top-notch, and the V-8 powertrain gives you access to copious amounts of power. Buyers can get quite a bit of standard features to help add to their driving experience, but safety scores have remained low for years, so take that into consideration before making a decision.
Lexus GX ($52,355)
When it comes to a Lexus of any sort, you know it’s going to be expensive. The GX excels when it comes to off-road capabilities, but it’s fairly average when it compared to other vehicles on the road. The cabin is nice and comfortable, but the overall feel is a bit dated. Other SUVs on this list have a much more modern interior, as well as a better driving experience.
Although it may be the king of rock crawling, the Lexus GX doesn’t really have much else going for it. The engine is pretty average and offers lackluster acceleration. The ride is pretty stiff and it’s only able to pull 15 mpg in the city and 18 on the highway. Unless you’re planning on going on a lot of off-road adventures, this probably isn’t the SUV for you.
Nissan Armada ($47,100)
It’s not the cheapest option to be considered, but it’s still capable of handling your seating needs. The 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. Space shouldn’t be an issue as it’s originally designed to seat eight. You’ll have to manually add second-row bucket seats when designing the vehicle in order to hit our seating goal.
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.
Ford Expedition ($63,015)
The Ford Expedition is one of the highest-rated SUVs around right now. From credible sources to owner reviews, this large SUV has received a ton of love from the world. Despite its size, the Expedition has great performance thanks to its powerful twin-turbocharged V6 engine. If you want to be rolling around with seven seats, you’re going to want to look for the Limited trim, which allows you to add second-row bucket seats.
As far as luxury goes, the interior of the SUV comes with leather-trimmed seats, phone charging stations in the front and back of the vehicle, and power-reclining seats in the third row. In addition, you can also look forward to lots of leg room. Whether you’re taking the kids on a trip, or vacationing with a car full of adults, everybody will have plenty of space.
Kia Sorento ($26,290)
As a midsize SUV with the highest safety scores in its class, the Kia Sorento is a great choice for anybody looking to buy a practical seven-passenger vehicle. While most seven-passenger SUVs come with a pretty hefty price tag, the Kia Sorento is one of the more affordable options. With a long list of added features to browse, in addition to a long warranty, the Sorento has become a very popular choice for SUV buyers.
If you’re looking for upgrades, the Sorento has plenty of higher-level trims available. All trims are designed to seat seven passengers, and while there’s plenty of room for the first and second row, the third row can become a bit cramped for adults. This is common in midsize SUVs that offer three rows, so if you’re looking to travel with adults or teens in the back row, you might be better off looking for a full-size SUV instead.
Chevy Tahoe ($58,000)
The Chevrolet Tahoe is essentially the Expedition and the Sorento fused into one vehicle. It’s a full-size SUV, so there’s a decent amount of room for all passengers, while also offering top safety features for its class. If you’re planning on doing a lot of traveling, the Tahoe is one of the highest-rated family SUVs available.
The base trim for the Tahoe is strictly an eight-passenger vehicle, but if you decide to upgrade to the LT trim and add second-row bucket seats, you’re looking at a price tag around $58,000. While everybody should have plenty of room, the third-row isn’t as spacious as some other full-size SUVs. If you’re planning on traveling with children in the back, or even some adults who won’t complain too much, the Tahoe offers plenty of packages to make the experience more enjoyable. With comfortable seats, plenty of additional features to look at, and a quality infotainment system, this is an SUV that everybody can enjoy.
Toyota Highlander ($42,100)
The Toyota Highlander is well-known and well-rounded midsize SUV. Coming with solid performance and plenty of driver assistance, this is a great pick, so long as you can look past the somewhat lackluster infotainment system. If you don’t plan on using the infotainment system very often, or you’re prepared to dig through the manual to figure out how to navigate through it with ease, you can get this wonderful vehicle without destroying your wallet.
If you want your Highlander to seat seven, you’re going to have to bump yourself up to the SE trim. The base trim, and all variants of it, are only capable of seating 8. If you have the extra cash and want some added features, the SE trim offers quite a bit of customization options for the interior. Bluetooth, voice recognition, a touch-screen infotainment system, and much more all come standard. For a midsize SUV, the Highlander actually provides a pretty good amount of space, although you may still want to consider having the smaller passengers take a spot in the third row.
Volkswagen Atlas ($30,895)
The Volkswagen Atlas is another midsize SUV that won’t blast a hole through your savings account. First hitting the market in 2018, the Atlas is already making quite an impact on its class. Although it has the size of a midsize SUV, its performance and handling making driving a breeze. It has quite a bit of pep, solid safety scores, and a great warranty to go along with it.
Unlike most midsize SUVs, the Atlas offers up plenty of space for everybody. Whether you’re an adult in the first row or the third row, you can look forward to ample leg room and a relaxing ride. It also has one of the most spacious cargo areas in its class, making traveling with a group easier than you would have thought possible. All available trims seat seven, so you won’t need to worry about making any special adjustments. If you do want to upgrade, you can make the interior more luxurious by adding some decent tech and replacing the cloth upholstery with leather.
Lincoln Navigator ($73,205)
If money is no object, the Lincoln Navigator is one of the best options around. As a full-size SUV designed for luxury, this vehicle will make a 13-hour road trip feel like a routine drive to the grocery store. With a ton of space for passengers and luggage, decent fuel economy, and high safety scores, the Navigator is looking to become your new best friend.
Seating for seven comes standard, along with heated seats for the first and second row, an easy-to-use infotainment system, and noise control features. While the base trim is already pretty luxurious, you always have the option to upgrade even further. If you need a reliable, spacious vehicle for a lot of group traveling, the Navigator will never disappoint you.
Lexus RXL ($43,670)
The Lexus RX is designed to only seat five passengers, but deciding to bump up to the RXL will allow for seven. The RXL uses the same wheelbase as the RX, but the body gains an additional 4.4 inches in order to fit in the third row. Like most midsize SUVs, you aren’t looking at the most space in the world, so you’re going to want children sitting in the back row.
Being a luxury SUV, the Lexus RXL provides a comfortable interior, good performance and handling, a long list of standard features, and good safety and reliability scores. If you’re planning on doing a lot of traveling with the kids, they should be nice and comfortable on their leatherette upholstery. As an added bonus, the RXL is offered in front-wheel drive, as well as all-wheel drive, allowing you to make a decision based upon the weather conditions you’ll most likely find yourself driving in.
Land Rover Discovery ($56,170)
Similar to the Lexus RX, the Land Rover Discovery is able to fit five passengers unless you spend a little extra cash. The seven-seat package will tack another $2,195 onto the base MSRP of $53,975. In addition, the Discovery has always had below-average reliability scores for its class, but if you’re able to look past that, this truly is a wonderful SUV.
The interior of the Discovery is not only luxurious, but also offers plenty of space for passengers of all ages. You shouldn’t be hearing any complaints from adults sitting in the third row, and there’s plenty of additional cargo space available to carry your whole group’s luggage. The Discovery also comes with many different powertrain options and off-road capabilities, allowing you to take a trip to almost any destination imaginable.
Subaru Ascent ($31,995)
The Subaru Ascent is a brand-new SUV on the market and it’s Subaru’s only three-row SUV available. While the interior is built with high-quality materials and offers a comfortable ride for passengers, the somewhat awkward layout doesn’t quite scream 2019. Although it does offer plenty of modern features and will certainly get the job done, your first impression might not be all that great.
Once you get inside the vehicle, you’ll notice plenty of space available for the first two rows of seating, but it does get pretty cramped in the back for adult passengers. Assuming you’re going to be using the Ascent for travel, there are several driver assistance options available to make your ride a little bit easier. With a fairly low price point for its class and modern features, the Subaru Ascent is definitely worth taking a look at.
Toyota Sequoia ($48,850)
The Toyota Sequoia is definitely starting to become a bit dated, especially due to its lack of new major features as the model years keep passing by, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad SUV. It comes with a strong V8 and many standard features, including driver assistance technology to help you on the road. Unfortunately, the infotainment system needs to be more modernized and the fuel economy isn’t too great.
As far as space goes, the Sequoia can handle just about anything. All three rows offer enough space for adults or children, and there’s plenty of cargo space to go along with it. This SUV is designed for loading up the family and getting the job done. If you’re looking for luxury, you should pass on the Sequoia and consider some other options on this list.
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.
Article Updated: April 6, 2019