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Best 6-Passenger Vehicles | CarMax

If you're looking for a set of wheels with plenty of room, you can't go wrong with the six-passenger vehicle. With a spacious cabin but somewhat compact size, a six-passenger vehicle offers you the best of both worlds. They are perfect for long-distance trips with your entire family but also suitable for driving in the city or running errands like a trip to the grocery store or taking your kids and a few of their teammates to soccer practice.

With all the options available to you, we've compiled a list of the 10 best six-passenger vehicles for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax vehicle and sales data from July 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019.

  1. Mercury Grand Marquis LS
  2. Ford Flex SEL
  3. Ford Flex Limited
  4. Mazda Mazda5 Sport
  5. GMC Acadia SLE
  6. Hyundai Santa Fe Limited
  7. Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate
  8. Ford Explorer Limited
  9. GMC Acadia Denali
  10. GMC Acadia SLT


Mercury Grand Marquis LS

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:Mercury Grand Marquis LS | CarMax

If a six-passenger full-size sedan packing a hefty engine under the hood sounds like a good fit, check out the Mercury Grand Marquis LS. The fourth and final generation ran from 2003–2011 and 2011 models can be found in one trim configuration, powered by a 4.6L eight-cylinder engine delivering 224 hp. Some of the standard highlights of the 2011 Mercury Grand Marquis LS include:

  • Remote keyless entry
  • Leather upholstery
  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver and passenger seat
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Automatic air conditioning


Ford Flex SEL

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:Ford Flex SEL | CarMax

With its unique boxy shape, spacious interior, and versatility, the Ford Flex SEL is a strong contender, especially if you're looking to move plenty of passengers and belongings. The SEL trim on 2017–2019 models comes standard with a 3.5L six-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission and achieving a total of 287 hp. Standard features on 2017–2019 Ford Flex SELs include:

  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Remote start
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control


Ford Flex Limited

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:Ford Flex Limited | CarMax

The Ford Flex's range-topping Limited trim boasts a wide selection of technology, features, and amenities to help enhance you and your passengers' overall experience. The standard engine on all 2017 to present models is a 3.5L six-cylinder combined with a six-speed automatic transmission delivering 287 hp, while a turbocharged 3.5L is also available as an option and raises the total output to 365 hp. 2017–2019 Ford Flex Limiteds come with the following standard features:

  • Leather-trimmed first- and second-row seats
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Power liftgate
  • SecuriLock® passive anti-theft system
  • SYNC® 3 infotainment system


Mazda Mazda5 Sport

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:Mazda Mazda5 Sport | CarMax

If you're looking for a minivan that offers an almost car-like feel thanks to its responsive 2.5L four-cylinder engine that's found standard on 2015 models, take the Mazda Mazda5 Sport out for a spin. Its well-tuned steering and suspension allow it to be supremely maneuverable too, great for navigating city roads and parking lots. With 2015 models you can also expect 44.4 cubic feet of space with the third row folded down.

Here are some of the standard features you'll find on the 2015 Mazda5 Sport:

  • Second-row bucket seats with dual armrests
  • USB port
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Six-speaker audio system


GMC Acadia SLE

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:GMC Acadia SLE | CarMax

Part of the GMC Acadia's second-generation lineup, the Acadia SLE is a roomy and convenient six-passenger SUV with a comfortable interior you're sure to love the moment you get behind the wheel. The SLE trim level also boasts plenty of tech features and upgrades to the interior over the base trim, making for improved performance and an all-around smoother ride. Highlights of the 2017 to present GMC Acadia SLE include:

  • Remote engine start
  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver seat
  • Heated front seats
  • 18-inch wheels
  • LED running light

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Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:Hyundai Santa Fe Limited | CarMax

A six-passenger SUV distinguished by its modern and attractive exterior design and smooth handling, you're sure to find that the Hyundai Santa Fe is a great daily driver that's also well suited for out-of-town trips. 2017 models are powered by a 3.3L six-cylinder engine generating 290 hp, whereas 2018–2019 models come standard with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine that delivers 185 hp. Standard features on the 2018–2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited includes:

  • Standard automatic emergency braking
  • Leather seats
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration


Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate | CarMax

If you have your heart set on the Hyundai Santa Fe and want to make sure you have a wide selection of features at your fingertips, the Limited Ultimate trim level is worth a look. It has the same powertrain as the Limited trim and can be found with the available Popular, Premium, and Tech packages. Some of the standard highlights of the 2017–2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate include:

  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 19-inch allow wheels
  • Eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Second-row captain's chairs
  • Navigation
  • Heated steering wheel


Ford Explorer Limited

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:Ford Explorer Limited | CarMax

From the driver seat of a 2017–2019 fifth-generation Ford Explorer, you can enjoy a stylish and comfortable cabin lined with upscale materials, a bold exterior design, and admirable off-road capabilities. The Limited trim level comes with a powertrain consisting of a 2.3L four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission for a total of 280 hp. Standard features for the 2017–2019 Explorer Limited include:

  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • 10-way power-adjustable passenger seat
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Voice-activated navigation


GMC Acadia Denali

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:GMC Acadia Denali | CarMax

If you're ready to take the roomy and comfortable second-generation GMC Acadia for a test drive and want an abundance of tech features from standard, try the Acadia Denali. The range-topping Denali trim is available with both front- and all-wheel drive and is powered by a 3.6L six-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automated transmission outputting a total of 310 hp. Among other features, the GMC Acadia Denali is equipped with:

  • Xenon headlights
  • Eight-inch touchscreen with navigation
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Chrome roof rails


GMC Acadia SLT

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:GMC Acadia SLT | CarMax

Have you already cleared a spot in your driveway for a GMC Acadia and want to make sure you're getting plenty of driver-assist features to make your daily commute much smoother? The Acadia SLT has plenty to offer. The SLT trim of the GMC Acadia comes in two variants: the SLT-1 and SLT-2. If you opt for the SLT-1, you can choose between a 2.5L four-cylinder engine or a 3.6L six-cylinder, while the SLT-2 model is only available with the 3.6L six-cylinder engine. You'll also enjoy the GMC Acadia SLT's standard Driver Alert package, which includes various tech features to make your time on the road easier and more convenient. Some of the highlights of the 2017–2019 GMC Acadia SLT include:

  • Auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirror
  • Power-adjustable front seats with lumbar adjustment
  • Lane-departure warning and mitigation (available Driver Alert II package)
  • Forward collision warning (available Driver Alert II package)
  • Leather upholstery

A six-seat vehicle won't just give you the space you need to take friends and belongings along for the ride but plenty of features and driver-assists to make your time behind the wheel a fun experience. And with this list, you're sure to find an option to suit your needs.

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