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10 Best Used 6-Passenger Vehicles for 2022: Reviews, Photos, and More


PUBLISHED THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2022
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Today's crossover SUVs and other multi-passenger vehicles offer more functionality, performance, and engaging driving experience than ever before. These vehicles are ready for the modern family, with must-have technology available across various trims.

You'll find spacious interiors and cargo area that can flex to accommodate whatever you're bringing along. When the roads get slippery or traction declines, the available AWD in these vehicles can give you the confident grip you need to stay on the road. Whether you're carpooling to school, taking the crew for a ride, or hauling your toys, these six-passenger vehicles are up to the task.

Start your search with this list of the 10 best used six-passenger vehicles for 2022 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from July 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021.

  1. Ford Flex Limited

  2. Lexus GX 460

  3. Mazda Mazda5 Sport

  4. Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

  5. Ford Explorer Limited

  6. Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate

  7. Acura MDX Advance

  8. GMC Acadia SLE

  9. GMC Acadia Denali

  10. GMC Acadia SLT

10. Ford Flex Limited

Ford Flex Limited

Reaching the end of its run for the 2019 model year, the Ford Flex Limited combines unique styling with impressive interior space. You'll stand out in the crowd with this three-row crossover. The 2017-2019 Flex Limited is powered by a 287-hp 3.5L V6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission; AWD is available on any trim. The 2017-2019 Ford Flex Limited powered by the twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 engine and AWD can tow an estimated 4,500 lbs., when properly equipped.1

The 2017-2019 Ford Flex Limited comes packed with features, including:

  • 12-speaker Sony® sound system

  • Leather seating and natural wood accents

  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert

  • Power liftgate

Explore more Ford Flex research to learn more.

9. Lexus GX 460

Lexus GX 460

Immerse yourself in luxury with the Lexus GX 460. With available adaptive variable suspension, you can set the ride style you want. You can also tackle almost any surface in style with standard full-time 4WD and torque vectoring. The powerful 4.6L V8 engine gives the 2017-2019 Lexus GX 460 an estimated 6,500 lbs. of towing capacity, when properly equipped.1 In addition, pre-collision braking with a driver attention monitor is available on all models.

Loaded with standard features, the 2017-2019 Lexus GX 460 includes:

  • Power moonroof

  • Dual-zone climate control

  • Nine-speaker audio system with Amazon Alexa integration

  • LED headlights and taillights

Find more Lexus GX 460 research to help you decide.

8. Mazda Mazda5 Sport

Mazda Mazda5 Sport

The 2015 Mazda Mazda5 Sport packs everything you expect from a crossover into a vehicle with sedan-like driving dynamics, proving that big things can come in small packages. Dual sliding doors make getting child seats and bulky items in and out a breeze. A peppy 2.5L four-cylinder engine powers the 2015 Sport trim, getting an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined.2 As the starting model, the Mazda5 Sport has all the essentials for everyday life.

Standard features on the 2015 Mazda Mazda5 Sport include:

  • Automatic climate control

  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel

  • Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls

  • Six-speaker audio system with a USB port and aux input

Learn more at our Mazda Mazda5 research page.

7. Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Santa Fe Limited

Packed with everyday functionality and a touch of luxury, the 2017-2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited is an ideal vehicle for families and groups. The 290-hp 3.3L V6 engine has the power you need for daily life, while available AWD tackles mud and snow. You can stay up-to-date with the latest technology thanks to a suite of driver aids, including adaptive cruise control and lane change assist. In addition, an impressive 13.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row gets expanded to 80 cubic feet with all seats folded.

The well-equipped 2017-2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited also includes:

  • Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay connectivity

  • Hands-free power tailgate with auto-open

  • Leather seating with heated front seats

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

Continue your Hyundai Santa Fe research today.

6. Ford Explorer Limited

Ford Explorer Limited

Go longer between fuel stops in the Ford Explorer Limited. Equipped with a 280-hp turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine, the FWD 2017-2019 Ford Explorer Limited gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg highway and 19 mpg city.2 In addition, flexible storage of up to 81.7 cubic feet and three rows of passenger seating make the 2017-2019 Ford Explorer Limited an excellent vehicle for large groups. A suite of app integrations, driving aids, and streaming services round out the 2017-2019 Ford Explorer Limited.

Standard features on the 2017-2019 Ford Explorer Limited include:

  • Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot3

  • Natural wood accents and leather seating

  • Hands-free power tailgate

  • 12-speaker Sony sound system

Discover more on our Ford Explorer research page.

5. Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate

Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate

As the name suggests, the Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate is the top trim of this excellent SUV. The 2017-2018 Santa Fe Limited Ultimate has six-passenger seating, but note that the name changed slightly in 2019 to the Santa Fe XL Limited Ultimate. Look for a 2019 or newer model if you still want three rows of seating. Power comes from a 290-hp 3.3L V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. In addition, 50/50 and 60/40 split-folding rear seats give you impressive flexibility for a trip to the hardware store or the ski slopes.

Standard features on the 2017-2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate trim include:

  • Panoramic sunroof

  • Eight-inch touchscreen and Infinity® sound system

  • Multi-view camera

  • Rear parking sensors

4. Acura MDX Advance

Acura MDX

What happens when you cross racing heritage with a three-row SUV? The 2017-2019 Acura MDX Advance, with available Super Handling AWD, combines performance and luxury seamlessly. Large, comfortable leather seating spans all three rows. An impressive 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space sits behind the third-row seats, opening to 90.9 cubic feet behind the front seats. Luxurious innovations include GPS-linked climate control, a 16.9-inch rear entertainment system, and ELS Studio® premium audio.

Other standard features on the 2017-2019 Acura MDX Advance include:

  • Tri-zone automatic climate control

  • Adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist

  • Power sunroof

  • Milano leather seating with natural wood accents

  • USB charge ports in all three rows

Learn more! View our Acura MDX research today.

3. GMC Acadia SLE

GMC Acadia SLE

Proving that "base model" doesn't mean base choices, the 2017-2019 GMC Acadia SLE is split into two trims: SLE-1 and SLE-2. The base model includes seating for seven and 60/40 split-folding second-row seats. The 2017-2019 GMC Acadia SLE is powered by a 193-hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine, which gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined.2

Standard features on the 2017-2019 GMC Acadia SLE include:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen system

  • Bluetooth® audio streaming

  • Heated front seats (SLE-2)

  • Power liftgate (SLE-2)

Find more GMC Acadia research to help you decide.

2. GMC Acadia Denali

GMC Acadia Denali

Sitting at the top of the 2017-2019 GMC Acadia family is the Denali trim, giving you the most features, power, and technology the Acadia has to offer. GMC outfits the 2017-2019 Acadia Denali with a unique interior trim, soft leather seating, and more. With the 3.6L V6 engine, the 2017-2019 GMC Acadia Denali can tow an estimated 4,000 lbs., when properly equipped.1

Standard features on the 2017-2019 GMC Acadia Denali include:

  • Automatic heated steering wheel

  • Hands-free power liftgate

  • Heated and ventilated front seats

  • Eight-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity

1. GMC Acadia SLT

GMC Acadia SLT

Split between two trims (SLT-1 and SLT-2), the 2017-2019 GMC Acadia SLT offers the best of both worlds. The 2017-2019 AWD GMC Acadia SLT-1 is equipped with a 310-hp 3.6L V6 engine with an estimated towing capacity of 4,000 lbs., when properly equipped.1 And the 2017-2019 SLT-2 has low-speed forward automatic braking on top of the usual suite of driver aids.

Standard features on the 2017-2019 GMC Acadia SLT include:

  • Heated second-row seating (SLT-2)

  • Eight-inch infotainment center

  • Bose® sound system

  • Memory driver's seat and external mirror (SLT-2)

No matter who you're driving around, a six-passenger SUV is a practical choice. Whether that means piling in the kids and the dog for a road trip or taking on carpool duties, one of these used SUVs will have you covered.

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1Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
3Wi-Fi hotspots require a data plan to activate and may also require a compatible device. See the owner's manual or manufacturer website for more information.
* Price excludes taxes, title, registration, and fees. Applicable transfer fees are due in advance of vehicle delivery and are separate from sales transactions.

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