The 8 Best 9+ Passenger Vehicles on the Market

Wondering which SUVs and vans seat 9 passengers in 2017? If you are looking for the best vehicle to haul your large family and all of their belongings, the list below will help. All of these vehicles are super spacious, have a 3rd row that is comfortable for adults, offer plenty of cargo space and have decent fuel economy for their class (they’re pretty big and heavy, so don’t expect them to sip gas!).

Choosing the SUV that is the right fit for you and your family takes time, so we created this list to help you narrow down your options

The 8 nine passenger vehicles list below are the top ranked makes and models based on a number of factors including: price, fuel efficiency, safety ratings, features, reliability, size of the interior, 3rd row room and reviews by automotive journalists. If you’re interested, you can learn more about how we calculate the ratings.

Year: 2015 | 2016 | 2017

PhotoVehicleMSRPVolume (cu. ft.)3rd Row RoomMPG City/HwySeatsOverall Rating
Chevrolet Tahoe$47,215 9549.30, 24.80, 62.6016/238 (7,9 opt)7.9
GMC Yukon$48,530 N/A38.1, 24.8, 62.616/238 (7,9 opt)7.9
Chevrolet Suburban$49,915 12249.30, 34.50, 62.6016/238 (7,9 opt)7.6
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van$40,745 N/AN/AN/A125.8
Ford Transit Passenger Wagon$34,365 165.940.6, 35.6, 67N/A155.4
Chevrolet Express Passenger Van$33,140 N/A38.50, 36.60, 65.8011/17.12 (15 opt)N/A
GMC Savana 2500$30,745 239.7N/A11/17.2-12.N/A
GMC Savana 3500$34,065 239.7N/A11/17.2-12.N/A
Nissan NV 3500 Passenger Van$33,800 68.339.8, 38.5, 66.6N/A12N/A

1) 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe – $47,215

Chevrolet’s Tahoe packs full-size truck functionality and space inside an SUV frame. The enormous Tahoe will will seat up to nine passengers when given front row bench seats, with plenty of room for cargo and serious hauling power to boot. The new V-8 drivetrain gives the 2017 Tahoe enough muscle to haul just about anything that could be thrown at a family SUV and provides enough power on the road for almost any driving demand.

The Tahoe’s massive 5.3L V-8 is coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission and produces a whopping 355-hp. It can be configured to tow up to 8,600 pounds, making it one of the best towing options in its class. It has both RWD and 4WD drivetrains, and both get the same EPA estimated 18 combined mpg. The 2017 Tahoe has undergone a number of suspension changes to make this the best driving Tahoe in a long time. It feels big and sturdy like the SUVs of old, but is surprisingly agile and handles its bulk well. The one glaring downside should be fairly obvious: the Tahoe is massive. Regardless of how well it handles, it’s going to feel big on smaller city streets.

As far as space is concerned, buyers will be hard-pressed to find an SUV that offers a more cavernous interior. Only the Suburban dwarfs the Tahoe’s size in the Chevy lineup, and it’s by a small margin. This means passenger accommodations allow for plenty of legroom in all three rows, including the third row, which will comfortably seat smaller adults even on long trips. Unlike some SUVs in its class, the third row isn’t overly difficult to access either. Chevrolet has taken the time to upgrade the Tahoe’s interior as well, using higher quality materials and ditching cheap, plastic-like panels in key areas. This all combines to create one of the most practical, functional, and comfortable Tahoe’s that Chevrolet has ever built, and it’s a standout when compared to other competitors in its class.

2) 2017 GMC Yukon – $48,530

Nearly identical to the Chevrolet Tahoe when selected in its base trim, the GMC Yukon benefits from all the strengths of its Chevy cousin. It’s largely unchanged from 2016, with only a handful of minor upgrades from last year’s model. The Yukon is a large, utility-focused weekend warrior, that is equally at home on the job site as it is hauling the family and all their luggage off on a rugged camping trip. Its largest and most expensive trim, the Yukon XL Denali, is essentially a luxury edition of the Chevrolet Suburban, with a price tag to match.

The base model Yukon comes with the same enormous 5.3L V-8 power-plant as the Chevrolet Tahoe, but the Denali trim ups the ante with a monster-sized 6.2L V-8 rated at 420-hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Not surprisingly, the Yukon’s engine is mated to the same 6-speed automatic used in the Tahoe, while the Denali uses a newer 8-speed transmission. Both engines can haul up to around 8,500 lbs and come in either RWD or 4WD configurations. Fuel consumption is 19 combined mpg and 18 combined mpg for the RWD and 4WD drivetrains, respectively.

In the Denali trim, the Yukon is basically a luxury SUV. Opting for the Yukon Denali XL provides the same cavernous interior space as a Chevy Suburban, with leather seating, a power folding second row , and standard safety features not found on the base models, like vibrating seat crash-threat warnings and 360 degree crash-monitoring. It will seat up to nine, with the third row potentially being a bit cramped for larger adults. The third row can also be folded down to provide extra cargo room.

3) 2017 Chevrolet Suburban – $49,915

The 2017 Suburban is Chevrolet’s answer to those seeking the biggest SUV money can buy. It’s one of the largest consumer vehicles available from any manufacturer, sharing a similar chassis to a full-size pickup, the Silverado. The 130-inch wheelbase and 220-inch length means there’s plenty of room for the whole family, their friends, their luggage, and a boat.

Once again Chevrolet uses the 5.3L V-8 that’s being shared among many of the vehicles in their model lineups this year, producing 355-hp and 383 lbs-ft of torque using a 6-speed automatic. Both RWD and 4WD are available, and the 5.3L V-8 is the only engine option. The suburban never feels short on power thanks to the monster under its hood, and can easily haul up to its rated 8,300 pounds without crippling its acceleration. The Suburban handles like a vehicle of its size looks like it should; there is significant body roll and it’s not the most agile object on four wheels. The sheer size of the Suburban can be problematic in cramped road conditions.

The Suburban can also be optioned to seat up to nine when selected with three rows of bench seats. Leg and headroom is in ample supply in both the first and second rows, with the third row still being a bit short on legroom for larger adults. Even when the Suburban is filled to capacity, all nine passengers will travel in relative comfort for short drives. The third row can fold flat to create additional cargo space as needed, boosting the Suburban’s already significant available space.

4) 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van – $40,745

Mercedes’ purpose built van, the Sprinter, was designed from the ground up to be a cargo and people carrier. It’s sold in a wide variety of configurations to fit almost any commercial or consumer need, including a nine seat (or more) passenger trim that is the most luxurious and comfortable full-size passenger van available today. Mercedes focused on practicality when designing the 2017 Sprinter, creating a massive workhorse that’s easy to drive, safe, and comfy for both drivers and passengers.

Two drivetrains are offered, an impressively tuned 2.1L turbodiesel 4-cylinder and a 3.0L turbodiesel V-6. Of the two, the 4-cylinder will be more than adequate for most family commuter needs but buyers who intend to fully load the Sprinter or who prefer faster freeway acceleration will want to opt for the larger V-6. Mercedes does offer a push-button activated 4WD variant, but the vast majority of drivers will find this to be overkill, opting instead for the basic RWD.

There is a dizzying list of customization options even inside each selected trim. Focusing on the basic nine-seater passenger model, the Sprinter will fully accommodate nine adults with a copious amount of legroom and a minimal amount of elbowing. Drivers will enjoy standard features like a 5.8-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth phone connections, USB and auxiliary inputs, and an SD media slot. Mercedes offers a wealth of optional extras, with prices to match, and the Sprinter van can easily be customized to fit almost any need, for a price.

5) 2017 Ford Transit Passenger Wagon – $34,365

The replacement for the wildly popular Econoline van, the Transit arrived on the U.S. market in 2017 to solid acclaim. It goes largely unchanged for the 2017 model year, recognizing its strengths as a moderately priced entry-level commercial van. The inspiration drawn from the original Econoline is instantly apparent when viewing the Transit both outside and in, presenting itself as a no-nonsense full-sized van designed to get the job done.

The base 3.7L V-6 will be more than adequate for most drivers’ needs. It creates 275-hp and is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. It handles its length and girth surprisingly well on the road, and feels like a vehicle with much less interior space than it actually has. A carefully adjusted suspension makes riding in the Transit a moderately smooth affair, with only the roughest of road conditions having a noticeable impact on the suspension.

As a gasoline powered van, it provides more space than any other competitor on the market when selected in its largest trim. Over 487 cubic feet of cargo space dwarfs anything else available, meaning that in its nine-seat passenger configuration, everyone can sit comfortably without worrying about their neighbor or the seats in front of them. A rear-view camera is now standard on all Transit models, and a list of smartly priced convenience features like a power deploying running board are available as optional extras.

6) 2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van – $30,745

A direct competitor to the above-mentioned Ford Transit, Chevrolet’s premiere people-carrier has the same utilitarian focus as the Transit. Chevrolet’s 2017 model Express is almost identical to the previous model year.

Two gasoline powered V-8’s are on display here, the base model engine being a 4.8L V-8 with 285-hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It never goes so far as to be short on power, but it doesn’t have an abundance of acceleration and, when under load, can begin to struggle. The better option, with similar gas mileage, is the larger 6.0L V-8. Producing 342-hp and 373lb-ft of torque, the 6.0L is much better equipped to handle freeway acceleration and heavy loads.

There’s ample space for 12 passengers in the Express, but the seats are lacking in comfort compared to the more well-rounded Transit. Accommodations never feel like they’re lacking in space, but extended trips with a full cabin can begin to wear on passengers. Standard safety features include six airbags, blind spot mirrors, and the now standard ABS and stability control systems.

7) 2017 Nissan NV 3500 Passenger Van – $33,800

A heavy-duty hauler van with an attractive entry-level price, the Nissan NV 3500 Passenger Van is a serious option for those who need the function a lighter-duty van won’t provide. In contrast to the Transit or the Sprinter, the Nissan NV goes all out on function to fulfill its intended purpose, and falls short in ride comfort for its passengers. If a rugged workhorse that will tack on the backroad miles with ease is needed, the NV 3500 is a solid option.

The Nissan’s frame is a modified version of the Nissan Titan pickup truck, with a powerplant to match. The biggest change for the 2017 model year is the 5.6L V-8, which has been bumped to a rumbling 375-hp and paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission. A 4.0L V-6 is the base engine option, but for buyers considering the strengths of the NV 3500, the V-8 will be the clear winner. Both engines are high on fuel consumption, but the larger V-8 can haul up to 8,690 pounds. Interior cargo capacity maxes out at nearly one and a half tons. This really is a workhorse van aimed at people looking to do serious hauling with their passenger van.

Inside, the NV 3500 can have up to four rows, and the back three rows can all be removed to create additional cargo space. The second and third rows can also be adjusted instead of removed to create a customizable seating/cargo space configuration. There’s plenty of space for passengers, but the major downfall of the NV 3500 is the ride quality. On a slightly uneven surface the NV 3500 is a bumpy ride.

8) 2017 GMC Savana 2500 – $30,745

The GMC Savana is directly related to the Chevrolet Express van, and the only model in that class offered by GMC. Like the Express, the Savana has undergone few changes from the previous model year, and has similar drawbacks. The major selling point for the Savana is its price, running for slightly less than its competitors offerings.

The same 4.8L V-8 and 6.0L V-8 feature in the GMC Savana, providing 285-hp and 342-hp, respectively. The obvious winner is the 6.0L V-8, getting only a marginal reduction in gas mileage but benefiting from a considerable and much-needed increase in power. Anyone considering hauling duty, whether passengers or cargo, need strongly consider the larger available V-8.

The same 12 or 15 seat passenger configurations are present in the Savana, which has plenty of interior room to comfortably seat all its passengers. The seats have the same basic feel as its Express cousin, as does the rest of the Savana’s large interior.

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1 thought on “The 8 Best 9+ Passenger Vehicles on the Market

  1. Over the years we’ve owned several different types of vans. From a full-sized Ford Econoline (camping van interior) w/detachable tables and captains chairs in the early 80s to an ’85 Toyota minivan (7pass), an ’87 Mitsubishi mini van (7 pass) one of my personal faves, a 2000 Chevy Tahoe, a 2002 Chevy Express van full size camping model, a 2004 Chevy Venture mini van (7 pass) which didn’t compare to either of the other minivans in quality or versatility, to a 2007 Mercedes Sprinter mini Motorhome. This one is the absolute best overall in quality, comfort, reliability and economy. It is a 5cyl. turbo charged diesel w/ surprisingly good torque, seamless power and great mileage. I squeeze out better than the rating by driving efficiently and that’s a real charge and ego booster.
    A friend of mine just picked up a 2016 12 passenger Sprinter van. It’s a four cyl. turbo-diesel and delivers comparable power and mileage as my 5 banger. The difference is mine is a 10,000 lb vehicle empty and the outside height is about the same around 10 1/2 ft.
    I personally don’t believe the other ones can quite match the longevity and quality of the Sprinter especially under severe use. The thing is bullet proof and has serious longevity/quality based on European stats.
    Today’s market demands all of those attributes and this Sprinter comes closest to delivering on all fronts. That’s just my observation, Cheers!

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