Best 7+ Passenger Vehicles of 2014

The following list is all of the SUVs, crossovers and minivans that offer seating for 7 or more either standard or as an option in 2014. With over 40 vehicles to choose from that can carry 7+ passengers, we created this table to help you narrow down the options to the few that are in your range in terms of price, efficiency, style and space. Every year we award the top option in each of the following categories: Best Overall, “for the Money”, Fuel Efficiency, Minivan and Luxury. You can find our selections below the table.

If you’re interested in how we come up with the overall ratings, you can learn how we calculate ratings.

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  • “std” means that many seats come standard. “opt” denotes that the size is available as an option
  • The 3rd Row Room column is in inches and lists the head, leg and shoulder room in that order.

Year: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016

 SUVMSRPPass. Volume (cu. ft.)3rd Row RoomMPG City/HwySeatsRating
Acura MDX$42,290 132.335.6, 27.4, 54.718/277 std8.6
Audi Q7$47,700 133.235.4, 29.2, 48.616/227 std7.8
BMW X5$52,800 N/AN/A18/275 std (7 opt)8.3
Buick Enclave$38,890 15337.8, 33.2, 57.417/247 std (8 opt)8.1
Cadillac Escalade$63,745 17237.9, 25.6, 61.714/188 std7.6
Chevrolet Suburban$46,300 N/A38.1, 34.9, 64.715/218 std (9 opt)7.6
Chevrolet Tahoe$43,600 N/A39.7, 25.6, 61.715/218 std (9 opt)8.3
Chevrolet Traverse$30,795 150.837.8, 33.2, 57.617/248 std8.0
Chrysler Town & Country$30,765 162.837.9, 32.7, 6217/257 std7.8
Dodge Durango$29,995 N/A37.8, 31.5, 50.418/257 std7.9
Dodge Journey$19,995 99.5N/A19/265 std7.3
Dodge Grand Caravan$20,895 163.537.9, 32.7, 6217/257 std7.7
Ford Expedition$41,975 N/A38.3, 37.7, 51.914/208 std7.5
Ford Explorer$30,015 151.737.8, 33.2, 50.817/247 std7.8
Ford Flex$29,015 155.838.7, 33.3, 50.818/257 std8.1
GMC Acadia$34,485 15438.4, 33.2, 57.817/248 std8
GMC Yukon$44,455 N/A37.9, 25.6, 61.715/218 std (9 opt)7.7
Honda Odyssey$28,825 172.638, 42.4, 60.919/288 std8.6
Honda Pilot$29,670 153.738.2, 32.1, 58.918/258 std7.6
Hyundai Santa Fe$24,950 146.635.7, 31.5, 53.920/277 std8.1
Infiniti QX60$42,100 149.836.5, 30.8, 57.120/267 std7.9
Infiniti QX80$66,350 N/A36.8, 28.8, 60.514/207 std8
Kia Sedona$25,900 172.338.3, 34, 60.517/247 std6.9
Kia Sorento$24,300107.2N/A20/267 opt7.8
Land Rover LR4$49,700 N/AN/A14/197 opt6.9
Lexus GX$49,085 N/A35.2, 29.3, 54.515/207 std7
Lexus LX 570$82,630 N/A35.8, 28.3, 62.312\178 std7.9
Lincoln MKT$43,050 N/A33.5, 33, 49.117/257 std7.3
Lincoln Navigator$56,165 N/A37.6, 37.7, 51.913/188 std7.0
Mazda CX-9$29,985 139.435.4, 32.4, 56.917/247 std7.5
Mazda Mazda5$20,140 97.737.1, 30.5, 49.321/286 std7.2
Mercedes GL-Class$63,000 N/A38.9, 35, 50.514/197 std8.1
Mitsubishi Outlander$22,995 128.235.7, 28.2, 50.625/317 opt6.7
Nissan Armada$37,590 N/A35.9, 32.2, 63.713/198 std6.9
Nissan Pathfinder$29,210 157.837.8, 30.7, 57.120/277 std8.0
Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid$35,300 157.837.8, 30.7, 57.125/287 std7.7
Nissan Quest$26,220 177.840, 40.5, 61.219/257 std7.5
Subaru Tribeca$34,095 133.536.2, 30.9, 51.316/217 std6.9
Toyota 4Runner$32,820 N/AN/A17/227 opt7.2
Toyota Highlander$29,415 14535.9, 27.7, 5520/257 std (8 opt)8.4
Toyota Highlander Hybrid$47,300 14535.9, 27.7, 5527/287 std8.1
Toyota Land Cruiser$79,605 N/A35.8, 28.4, 62.313/188 std7.5
Toyota Sequoia$44,095 N/A34.5, 35.3, 65.713/178 std7.6
Toyota Sienna$26,920 164.438.3, 36.3, 61.118/257 std (8 opt)8.0
Volvo XC90$39,700 100.935.5, 30.1, 54.116/257 std7.7
Nissan Rogue$22,790 105.8N/A26/337 std8.0

And the winners are…

The 2014 Acura MDX

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Best 7 Passenger Vehicle

 

2014 acura mdxThe 2014 Acura MDX is a fine choice among seven-seat midsize SUVs for its combination of positive reviews, moderate model prices, and relatively low long-term ownership costs. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates fuel efficiency at 20 city/28 highway miles per gallon (mpg), which beats most MDX rivals. The suspension strikes a good balance between ride comfort and sporty handling, and its steering feels sure and accurate, but the brake pedals have a spongy feel that raises doubts about stopping power.

The cabin design is clean, uncluttered, and composed of premium materials. The second- and third-row seats are fairly low on the floor, and the third are not spacious, though that complaint is not uncommon in this SUV class. The redesigned center stack loses its plethora of buttons for a standard touch screen that most drivers should find easier to use. Also standard are automatic climate control, an eight-speaker stereo with satellite radio and universal serial bus (USB)/auxiliary ports, Bluetooth, and a multi-view backup camera. Available options are a 10-speaker stereo system with a 15-gigabyte media storage drive and HD Radio®, cruise control, and voice-recognition navigation.

The 2014 Acura MDX receives mostly praise for the redesigned model’s comfort and ample power that please most drivers. Standard are a six-cylinder, 3,500-cubic centimeter (cc), direct-injection, 290-horsepower engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. MDX front-wheel drive models rate an EPA fuel efficiency estimate of 20 city/28 highway mpg and all-wheel drive models 18 city/27 highway mpg, both very good for the class. The V6 engine’s power makes the MDX feel quick in city and highway driving, and the automatic transmission is smooth if somewhat slow to downshift for extra power.

Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive optional. The MDX suspension offers a measure of both ride comfort and sporty handling. The steering can inspire confidence from a low-effort feel, but the brakes don’t feel strong because the pedal feels spongy.

Acura backs the 2014 MDX with four-year/50,000-mile limited and six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranties.

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The 2014 Buick Enclave

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Best Luxury Vehicle

 

2014 buick enclaveThe 2014 Buick Enclave impresses with fine handling and an excellent safety score, making it highly attractive as a midsize SUV. The six-cylinder engine has sufficient power for all driving situations. The standard six-speed automatic transmission shifts quickly and smoothly. The EPA estimates its fuel efficiency at 17 city/24 highway mpg, about average for the class. The ride is very comfortable but not too soft. Brakes and steering are responsive and fully effective though maneuvers through tight spaces can be somewhat difficult.

The cabin design makes ample use of premium materials. The Enclave can seat up to eight people in comfortable front seats, second-row seats spacious enough for three, and third-row seats adequate for adults. Folded down, the second and third-row seats make over 115 cubic feet of cargo space available in addition to the 23 cubic feet already behind the third row. Besides the IntelliLink infotainment system, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, a backup camera, rear parking sensors, and automatic climate control are standard. Optional are forward collision, lane-departure, and blind-zone alerts and a rear-seat entertainment system in a 10-speaker stereo system. For overall safety, the Enclave received five stars, the highest rating, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated it as a Top Safety Pick.

The 2014 Enclave earns mostly praise for its smooth powertrain. The Enclave may not be the sportiest choice in its class, but its suspension offers a workable compromise between comfort and precision handling. The six-cylinder, 3,600-cc, 288-horsepower engine drives a standard six-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel-efficiency ratings are 17 city/24 highway for front-wheel drive, 16/22 mpg for all-wheel drive models, estimates comparable to those of other midsize SUVs.

Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive optional. The Enclave feels stable and secure on twisty roads. Steering is accurate, brakes are strong, and there is not much body roll through turns.

General Motors covers the 2014 Buick Enclave with four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranties.

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The 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe

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Best Large SUV (9 opt)

 

2014 chevrolet tahoeThe 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe has a refined powertrain that delivers a comfortable ride in a straightforward interior. The eight-cylinder engine impresses with big power surges and smooth operation through its six-speed automatic transmission. At 15 city/21 highway mpg on either two- or four-wheel drive, the 2014 Tahoe has a respectable EPA fuel efficiency estimate for its class. The Tahoe handles well for its size, and its small turning radius makes it easily maneuverable in tight spaces, a great benefit for large SUVs typically difficult to park in tight spots and move through crowded areas.

Last redesigned in 2007, the interior has begun to show its age, but the interior materials reflect the Tahoe’s rugged persona. The third-row seats do not fold flat to expand cargo space but must be removed. Those of most rivals simply fold forward into the floor. Tahoe standard features are a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, climate control, a backup camera, and rear parking sensors. Optional features are rear-seat entertainment, automatic tri-zone climate control, and nine- or ten-speaker stereo systems. Tahoe navigation, climate, and stereo controls are all logically easy to use.

The eight-cylinder, 5,300-cc, 320-horsepower engine and six-speed automatic transmission are standard. The EPA reports for the Tahoe 15 city/ 21 highway mpg on either two- or four-wheel drive. A heavy-duty vehicle, the Tahoe can tow up to 8,500 pounds. The Tahoe Active Fuel Management system shuts down four of the eight cylinders under light driving conditions to improve fuel efficiency.

Rear-wheel drive is standard while four-wheel drive and a special Z-71 off-road package are available. The Tahoe is built for a comfortable ride and for maneuverability despite large size with very little body roll through turns. Braking, steering, and overall handling all earn good reviews.

Chevrolet supports the 2014 Tahoe with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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The 2014 Dodge Durango

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Best SUV for the Money

 

2014 dodge durangoThe 2014 Dodge Durango excels with a comfortable ride, great performance, and user-friendly technical features. The base V6 engine produces ample power, and a V8 is available for more. A smooth, quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission new for 2014 is also available with either engine. An 18 city/25 highway mpg EPA-estimated fuel efficiency is about average. The Durango handles well with comfort, its steering is fully responsive, and its maneuverability is very good for a two-and-a-half-ton SUV.

The Dodge Durango’s cabin has an eye-catching design constructed with high-quality materials. The standard Uconnect infotainment system with a five-inch touch-screen display is intuitively easy to use. Additional standard features are automatic climate control, a six-speaker stereo, and Bluetooth. An upgraded Uconnect system with a larger touch screen, a nine-speaker Alpine stereo system, and a rear-seat entertainment system are available options. Optional safety features are cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors, and rear cross-path detection.

The standard six-cylinder, 3,600-cc, 290-horsepower and the optional eight-cylinder, 5,700-cc, 360-horsepower engines are enviable driver choices. The eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models. The rear-wheel drive model with the V6 engine rates the EPA-estimated 18 city/25 highway mpg estimate typical for its class.

There are two all-wheel drive systems available, a low-range transfer case for V-8 and a single-speed unit for V-6 models. Towing capability ranges up to 7,400 pounds with the V-8.

Dodge offers a basic limited warranty on the 2014 Durango for three years or 36,000 miles and a powertrain warranty for five years or 100,000 miles.

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The 2014 Honda Odyssey

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Best Minivan

 

2014 honda odysseyThe 2014 Honda Odyssey has a V6 engine which test drivers say accelerates quickly with a standard six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA reports fuel efficiency of 19 city/28 highway mpg, very good for the SUV class. Quick handling and precise steering both belie the Odyssey’s large size.
The Odyssey has a spacious interior with comfortable seating in all three rows, a large, adjustable cargo area, and high-quality cabin materials. Standard features are power-adjusted front seats, rearview cameras, remote keyless entry, a USB port, and a seven-speaker stereo system. Optional features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision and lane-departure alerts, powered sliding doors, tailgates, and moonroofs, push-button start, and parking sensors.

The 2014 Honda Odyssey has a six-cylinder, 3,500-cc, 248-horsepower engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. The EPA-estimated 19 city/28 highway mpg is very good for the SUV class.

The 2014 Odyssey provides a pleasant ride and surprising agility for a minivan, performing quite well during emergency handling, quick stops, and tight turns. For safety, it seems like nothing can beat the Odyssey, an IIHS Top Safety Pick with a standard rearview camera system on all models.
Honda supports the 2014 Odyssey with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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