These Family Haulers Can Handle Seven With Ease
When you need a vehicle that can carry seven or more, your options can be limited. Fortunately, there are several excellent large SUVs, midsize SUVs, and minivans on the market that can fit your needs while providing the features that modern families want.
Each of the options comes with some trade-offs: Large SUVs tend to be expensive, while midsize SUVs can have cramped third rows. Minivan are, well, minivans, and some buyers have an aversion to driving them, despite their exceptional cargo capacity and car-like ride.
On the following pages, we’ll look in depth at the best seven-passenger vehicles you can buy, based on their U.S. News overall score. Buyers in the market for a more upscale vehicle should explore our article about the best seven-passenger luxury vehicles you can buy. Note that our scores can change as we receive new information, so the scores shown on the following slides may not match those seen on the individual vehicle reviews.
2019 Toyota Sienna (Tie)
Price With 7 Seats: $31,315 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.4/10
The 2019 Toyota Sienna earns a midpack spot in our ranking of minivans. It has the highest predicted reliability rating in the minivan segment, and it comes with a host of advanced safety and driver assistance features that are pricey options on some rivals.
Every Sienna comes with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, and lane-keeping assist.
It’s the only minivan available with all-wheel drive. Power comes from a 296-horsepower V6 that provides plenty of power to move even a fully loaded Sienna with ease. For 2019, support for Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa comes standard. Support for Android Auto is not yet available.
2019 Chevrolet Tahoe (Tie)
Price With 7 Seats: $48,000 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.4/10
The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe is a well-rounded large SUV, with the ability to carry up to nine people, a high predicted reliability score, a wealth of standard infotainment features, a powerful V8 engine, and the ability to tow up to 8,600 pounds when properly equipped.
It holds a spot near the top of our ranking of large SUVs and was a finalist for our 2019 Best Large SUV for Families award. Every Tahoe comes standard with an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system that supports a 4G LTE data connection, an onboard Wi-Fi hot spot, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.
2020 Kia Telluride (Tie)
Price With 7 Seats: $31,960 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.8/10
Kia recently introduced their largest vehicle, the three-row Telluride, which can seat seven or eight depending on the interior configuration. The new SUV is powered by a 291-horsepower V6. It’s available as a front- or all-wheel-drive model.
Kia has built a bit more off-road capability into the Telluride than many competitors have given their crossovers. It comes standard with skid plates to protect vital components and has eight inches of ground clearance. An all-wheel-drive lock system is available for use on unimproved roads or during inclement weather conditions.
2019 Honda Odyssey
Price With 7 Seats: $30,190 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.9/10
The technology-laden and cavernous 2019 Honda Odyssey is the top-rated vehicle in our ranking of minivans and one of the best seven-passenger vehicles you can buy. It is the winner of both our 2019 Best Minivan for Families and Best Minivan for the Money awards.
All Odysseys are powered by a potent 280-horsepower V6. Most models use a nine-speed automatic transmission, though upper trims use a smooth-shifting and efficient 10-speed automatic. Though it’s not standard on base models, mid-trim level and higher models get the Honda Sensing suite, which includes automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.
The 2019 Odyssey was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. It’s their second-highest award.