Best 7+ Passenger Vehicles of 2016

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 2015. 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.

Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of this tool:

  • To compare vehicles by a particular manufacturer, enter their name into the search bar
  • Hold down the shift key select and sort 2 columns at once (ex. to compare the MPG of the highest rated vehicles)
  • “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 | 2017

 VehicleMSRPVolume (cu. ft.)3rd Row RoomMPG City/HwySeatsRating
2016 Honda OdysseyHonda Odyssey$29,275172.638, 42.4, 60.919/287 std (8 opt)8.6
2016-honda-pilotHonda Pilot$29,995152.938.9, 31.9, 57.619/278 std8.95
2016-kia-sorentoKia Sorento$25,100146.4N/A21/295 std (7 opt)8.35
2016-nissan-rogueNissan Rogue$23,240105.8N/A26/335 std (7 opt)8.0
2016 Audi Q7Audi Q7$54,80013635.9, 29.2, 49.419/257 std8.8
2016 Tesla Model STesla Model S$69,90094N/A88/905 std (7 opt)9.1
2016 Tesla Model XTesla Model X$80,00094N/A90/947 stdN/A
2016 Acura MDXAcura MDX$42,865132.335.6, 27.4, 54.720/277 std8.5
2016_BMW_X5_107BMW X5$53,900103N/A18/255 std (7 opt)8.5
BMW-X6BMW X6$60,600N/AN/A18/255 std8
2016-Buick-EnclaveBuick Enclave$39,065151.137.8, 33.2, 57.417/247 std (8 opt)7.9
2016 Cadillac EscaladeCadillac Escalade$72,970120.838.10, 24.80, 62.6015/227 std8.2
2016 Chevrolet EquinoxChevrolet Equinox$29,97063.7N/A22/325 std(8 opt)5
2016-chevrolet-silveradoChevrolet Silverado$27,195136.0N/A18/246 std8
2016-Chevy-Suburban-DieselChevrolet Suburban$49,700N/A38.50, 34.50, 62.6016/238 std (9 opt)7.8
2016_Chevrolet_Tahoe_11Chevrolet Tahoe$47,000N/A38.1, 24.8, 62.616/238 std (9 opt)8.1
2016-Chevy-TraverseChevrolet Traverse$31,205150.837.8, 33.2, 57.617/248 std8.0
2016 Chrysler Town & CountryChrysler Town & Country$29,995N/A37.9, 32.7, 6217/257 std7.3
2016 Dodge-Durango-DieselDodge Durango$30,495N/A37.8, 31.5, 50.419/277 std8.4
2016_dodge_Grand_CaravanDodge Grand Caravan$22,095163.537.9, 32.7, 6217/257 std7.2
2016-dodge-journeyDodge Journey$20,995123N/A19/265 std (7 opt)7.45
Ford-EdgeFord Edge$38,960108.4N/A21/3057.8
2016-Ford-ExpeditionFord Expedition$45,43515038.3, 37.7, 51.916/228 std7.8
2016-ford-explorerFord Explorer$31,050N/A37.8, 32, 50.817/247 std7.8
2016 Ford FlexFord Flex$29,600155.838.7, 33.3, 50.816/237 std (6 opt)8.3
2016Ford TransitFord Transit$23,550128.6N/A22/3015 std8
2016-GMC-AcadiaGMC Acadia$30,975151.838.4, 33.2, 57.817/248 std7.9
2016-gmc-yukonGMC Yukon$48,165N/A38.1, 24.8, 62.616/237 std (9 opt)8.2
Honda CR-V
Honda CR-V$34,000101.5N/A27/3459.7
2016-Hyundai-Santa-FeHyundai Santa Fe$24,950146.635.7, 31.5, 53.918/257 std7.9
2016 Infinity QX60Infiniti QX60$42,400149.836.5, 30.8, 60.421/277 std8.2
2016 Infinity QX80Infiniti QX80$63,250 15036.8, 28.8, 60.514/207 std (8 opt)8.1
Jeep-RenegadeJeep Renegade$17,995N/AN/A24/315 std7.6
2016-Jeep-WrangleJeep Wrangle$23,895N/AN/A17/214 std7
2016-Kia-SedonaKia Sedona$26,400172.338.9, 34.8, 59.418/247 std (8 opt)8
2016 Landrover LR4Land Rover LR4$50,40014940.1, 36.3, 42.815/195 std (7 opt)7.8
2016-Land-Rover-Range-RoverLand Rover Range Rover$84,950N/AN/A17/235 std9.2
2016-Lexus-GX-460-4Lexus GX$50,140N/A35.2, 29.3, 54.515/207 std7.2
2016-Lexus-LX570Lexus LX 570$88,880N/A35.8, 28.3, 62.313/188 std7.6
Lexus-RXLexus RX Hybrid$41,900121.3N/A20/2758.4
2016-Lincoln-MKTLincoln MKT$43,370142.333.5, 33, 49.117/257 std8.4
2016-Lincoln-navigatorLincoln Navigator$63,195N/A37.6, 37.7, 51.916/227 std6.8
2016-Mazda-CX-9Mazda CX-9$31,520N/AN/A16/237 stdN/A
2016 Mercedes Benz GL-ClassMercedes GL-Class$64,55014838.9, 35, 50.519/267 std7.8
2016 Mercedes-Benz SprinterMercedes-Benz Sprinter $39,995319.1N/AN/A12 std5
2016-mitsubishi-outlanderMitsubishi Outlander$22,995128.235.7, 28.2, 51.425/317 std6.7
2016-Nissan-ArmadaNissan ArmadaN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
2016 Nissan NV3500 HD
Nissan NV3500 HD

2016-Nissan-PathfinderNissan Pathfinder$29,780157.837.8, 30.7, 57.120/277 std8.0
2016 Nissan QuestNissan Quest$26,530177.840, 40.5, 61.220/277 std7.4

Ram 1500$26,145125.3N/A17/256 std8.2
2016-Subaru-TribecaSubaru TribecaN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
2016-Toyota-4RunnerToyota 4Runner$33,510N/AN/A17/225 std (7 opt)7.1
2016 Toyota HighlanderToyota Highlander$29,990144.935.9, 27.7, 5520/258 std8.4
2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid (2)Toyota Highlander Hybrid$47,870141.135.9, 26.7, 5527/288 std8.5
2016 Toyota Land CruiserToyota Land Cruiser$83,825N/A35.8, 28.3, 62.313/188 std7.6
Toyota RAV4Toyota RAV4$28,650108.2N/A22/2858.7
2016 Toyota SequoiaToyota Sequoia$44,965N/AN/A13/178 std7.4
2016 Toyota SiennaToyota Sienna$28,700N/AN/A18/258 std8.4
Toyota Tundra$32,190164.4N/A14/186 std7.6
2016-volvo-xc90Volvo XC90$49,800103.835.5, 31.9, 46.920/257 std8.8
Subaru Forester$22,395108.3N/A22/295 std8.4
Jeep Grand Cherokee$29,995105.4N/A19/265 std8.2
Mazda CX-5$21,795103.8N/A26/345 std8

Mid-size crossover SUVs come in all shapes, sizes, and qualities. Some of the best vehicles on the road today are represented within this class, with manufacturers pushing more standard technology, more safety features, and functionality with every passing year.

As an important piece of everyday life, the right commuter SUV can become as essential as having a place to sleep. With the list of options getting increasingly longer with each passing year, the amount of research required to pick the right one is daunting. In order to sort through this exhaustive list, here are some of the best SUVs that will carry seven passengers to their intended destination in comfort and safety.

And the 2016 winners are…

2016 Honda Pilot – $29,995


Best 7 Passenger Vehicle


Fully redesigned for 2016, the Honda Pilot has traded form for function. While the reworked exterior may rub some the wrong way, the interior is sure to win support for its quiet, comfortable and spacious design. Surprisingly well equipped at the standard base level, the Honda Pilot is powered by a V6 reported to produce 280 horsepower and rated for a combined 23 mpg.

The 2016 Pilot, like most offerings from Honda, is also expected to be a top choice for reliability and cost of ownership. The interior can seat six in relative comfort over short distances, though like most mid-size SUVs, the third row won’t be a comfortable choice for longer trips. The ride is quiet and smooth, gliding effortlessly over the road and still providing a great driver experience. It’s also an IIHS top safety pick for 2016.

Honda has clearly shifted its focus in their 2016 Pilot to great effect, nailing down the needs of their customers and delivering on nearly every desired aspect.

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2016 Nissan Rogue – $23,240

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The 2016 Nissan Rogue is a compact SUV punching well above its weight class. With a fantastic interior, roomy cargo space, third-row seating and an incredible combined 28 mpg, the Nissan Rogue is clearly swinging for the fences in the entry-level compact SUV class.

The third-row seating may only be suitable for the kids, but the fact that it’s available in such a small exterior design is nothing short of remarkable. Another IIHS top safety pick, the Rogue is no slouch when it comes to safety either, with a wealth of safety-related features included as standard. Along with its top-notch safety, the standard Rogue is well-equipped for its cheap price tag and optional extras abound at reasonable rates, as per usual for Nissan.

The 2016 Rogue hits all the right notes for an affordable compact SUV, combining safety, a spacious interior and comfort into a reasonably priced package.

2016 Kia Sorento – $25,100

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Another inexpensive entry on this list, the 2016 Kia Sorento attempts to mirror its direct competition in the Nissan Rogue, choosing to focus on the strengths of the compact SUV: price, versatility, and efficiency. Offered with an incredible 10 year/100,000 mile warranty from Kia, the Sorento is expected to be a reliable and inexpensive vehicle to own. Its small inline-4 engine is rated for a respectable combined 24 mpg, and its tiny frame is once again a 2016 top safety pick from the IIHS.

The major downside to this crafty little SUV may be its limited standard equipment, particularly when it comes to third-row seating. Available only on the higher, and more expensive, trim levels, the third-row seat will bring the Sorento’s passenger count up to seven, though like most SUV’s in its class, the third row is really only usable by children and will be uncomfortable for most adults.

With a surprisingly well-furnished interior, the Sorento mimics more expensive vehicles’ sense of luxury and prospective buyers will appreciate its smart combination of function and cheap price tag.

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2016 Honda Odyssey – $29,275

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Minivans serve a much-needed purpose as people carriers and cargo haulers. Large families need the space and comfort provided by a well-designed minivan to ferry them about their daily lives. Honda understands this and the Honda Odyssey has been an exceptional representation of this understanding for many years now.

The 2016 Odyssey is no exception and though it’s expensive in comparison to other minivans of its kind, the Odyssey more than makes up for this with safety, reliability and utility. Featuring a spacious and comfortable interior, massive cargo hauling capacity and excellent crash protection making it yet another IIHS top safety pick, the Honda Odyssey is poised to impress buyers on every level. The Odyssey will seat up to seven in the base model or eight in more expensive trims, with comfortable seating for six adults even on extended trips and cargo room in the back to boot. Its 3.5L V6 will produce 248 horsepower, enough to ensure that even a fully loaded Odyssey won’t feel sluggish on the freeway.

The trade-off for this power comes in the vehicles’ fuel efficiency, but it still is rated for a modest combined 22 mpg. Buyers looking for the reliability of a Honda and the utility of a minivan will be hard-pressed to find a better choice than the 2016 Honda Odyssey.

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2017 Audi Q7 – $54,800

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The 2017 Audi Q7 represents everything buyers have come to expect from Audi. A true luxury SUV, the Q7 features a wonderfully luxurious interior and is a true joy to be in for both passengers and drivers. While it may have slightly less cargo space than some of its rivals, the Q7 retains a third-row seat as standard. The first and second rows will comfortably seat four adults and while the third row may be cramped for long trips, it’s appropriate for short drives and will easily seat two children.

Well equipped in every trim, the standard package has plenty of things to brag about, with the usual plethora of Audi extras ranging from safety equipment to running lights on the floor mats displaying the Audi logo. An IIHS top safety pick+, the Q7 is one of the best in its class for driver and passenger safety. Its peppy supercharged 3L V6 comes as standard on the base model, producing a generous 333 horsepower and a respectable 21 combined mpg.

Audi’s detractors will have trouble denying the 2017 Q7’s staying power in the full-size luxury SUV market; Audi has once again hit a home-run with their latest offering in the Q7 line.

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2016 Volvo XC90 – $49,800


Comparatively inexpensive for a luxury SUV, the Volvo XC90 is the responsible and quiet middle brother to Audi’s Q7 and BMW’s X5. Filled with a quiet and understated luxury both inside and out, the XC90 is a pleasant display of posh luxury that doesn’t feel the need to shout its high-born pedigree. While the third-row seating may be an optional extra, the seats themselves are inexorably comfortable and will transport four adults in the lap of luxury.

An exceptional cargo hauler, Volvo has pulled out all the stops for the rear-end transport capabilities of the XC90; almost no other luxury SUV even comes close and the wealth of ease-of-use loading features will be greatly appreciated by the busy family commuter. As per usual, Volvo provides a generous array of standard features at all trims and a variety of optional extras, though it’s good to note that upgrades to performance are only available at higher trims and will quickly increase the XC90’s base price.

Still, most will find the base model T5’s turbocharged inline-4 to be adequate, though many will want to spring for the AWD model for an additional $2,000. The T5’s engine is rated for an impressive combined 24 mpg, one of the best in class, and like its competition above the XC90 is an IIHS top safety pick+.

Trading the Audi’s loud exuberance for a functional and quiet elegance, the XC90 is an excellent choice for the luxury SUV buyer.

2016 Ford Flex – $29,600

2016 Ford Flex

Ford is well known for its inexpensive and functional vehicles, a reputation they’ve tried to play on in recent years with their various model lines. The 2016 Ford Flex follows this trend, providing a functional utilitarian people carrier with third-row seating at an inexpensive price.

While the Ford Flex may be short on overall cargo space and suffers the same cramped third-row seating of most mid-size SUVs, its smartly designed interior and attractive styling is bound to win over buyers looking for an entry-level mid-size SUV. It’s not overly well equipped compared to other more expensive offerings from its competitors, but for the price tag it features a surprising list of techno-gadgets including rear-view camera and a great touchscreen infotainment center. FWD is standard for the 3.5L V6 base model, which delivers better than expected performance and a smooth ride. Speed fans will want to spend the extra cash for the 365 horsepower twin-turbocharged V6, but the base model engine should be more than enough for most. This performance and the vehicles large size come at a hefty price, however, the Flex is only rated for a far below-average combined 17 mpg.

The 2016 Flex received decent crash ratings from the IIHS and has an acceptable list of available safety features as optional extras, though many are only available on higher trims. For the right buyer, the 2016 Ford Flex is the perfect blend of American engineered form and function.

2016 Acura MDX – $42,865


Acura makes cars that drivers want to drive. This has held true in almost every model in every year since their inception.

The 2016 Acura MDX is well aware of who will be getting into the driver’s seat of its exceptionally well-crafted interior and it’s ready to go wherever the road takes it. It’s been suggested that the ride may be too stiff for some, a side-effect of the MDX’s tight suspension. Another side-effect is its nimble and responsive handling, which feels great in the corners. As expected the interior looks and feels great without seeming too over the top. The powerful V6 is quiet and provides great acceleration, thanks to its new nine-speed automatic transmission, and the engine itself produces 290 horsepower in the base model.

The 2016 MDX also earned its own top safety pick+ from the IIHS, and it’s one of the best-in-class in terms of fuel efficiency, estimated at a combined 23 mpg. Drivers will find a lot to love in the 2016 MDX and it’s easy to see why.

2016 Toyota Highlander – $29,990


With seating for eight, a spacious interior and ample cargo capacity, the 2016 Toyota Highlander may just be the best value SUV on this list. Attractively priced and well equipped, with a wide offering of available options, the Toyota Highlander seeks to be crowned king of the entry-level mid-SUV throne. High-quality materials and fine craftsmanship feature throughout the vehicles’ cabin and many technology gizmos presented as optional extras by its competitors come as standard.

The base model comes with a modest inline-4, but Toyota makes available a V6 upgrade that gets similar fuel efficiency to the 4-cylinder. The base model engine is rated for a combined 22 mpg while the upgraded V6 is rated at 21 mpg. Yet another 2016 IIHS top safety pick+, the Toyota Highlander is also expected to follow the trend of exceptional Toyota reliability and cost of ownership.

Anyone looking for a great mid-sized SUV needs to do themselves a favor by taking a look at this exceptional offering from Toyota.

2016 Tesla S – $69,900

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It’s hard to find many faults with vehicles produced by Tesla Motors. The manufacturer goes to incredible lengths to ensure each and every vehicle is given intimate attention to detail. Quality craftsmanship, cloud-like comfort, and the latest technology combine to create an amazing driving experience for everyone who has the pleasure of riding in one of their cars. Tesla claims the Model S is actually a Sedan, but in reality it’s a hatchback. Four adults will ride in absolute perfect comfort, and thanks to the optional rear-facing jump seats, an additional two seats brings the total available seating in the Model S to seven.

Blistering acceleration, tight handling, and an incredibly smooth ride make the Model S is a joy to drive and will give its owners the best electric-vehicle experience on the road today, and with an impressive 240+ mile range, once again topping the pack in terms of electric-vehicle distance.

Consumers looking for a high-end luxury vehicle with three-row seating will be hard-pressed to find a better purchase than the 2016 Tesla S.

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