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Best 6-Passenger Vehicles | CarMax

Today's multi-passenger vehicles offer the comfort, space and features to match. Many boast the latest tech, driver assistance, and entertainment systems, as well as some head-turning exterior profiles that mean style and fun will always be part of the deal.

With such a variety of features available, we've compiled an updated list of the 10 best six-passenger vehicles for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020.

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


Ford Flex SEL

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:Ford Flex SEL | CarMax

The Ford Flex has been delivering convenience since 2009. Its final production year was 2019, signing off with a solid crossover SUV that offers comfort and functionality for all facets of life. All 2017–2019 Flex models have a broad and boxy exterior: for your passengers, this means superb ride visibility and a spacious cabin environment for seven. The interior offers truly comfortable second and third rows, each folding flat to provide ample room for trips to the DIY store. The 2017–2019 mid-range SEL trim has a whole host of attractive standard features:

  • 3.5L V6 engine
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Eight-inch touchscreen
  • Keyless entry and ignition


Acura MDX Advance

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles: 2019 Acura MDX Advance | CarMax

The range-topping Acura MDX Advance is an SUV with oomph! The MDX has plenty of thoughtful touches that put driver enjoyment at the fore. In 2017, the MDX had a full exterior refresh; changes included new front and rear fascias and a redesigned wide diamond grille. For 2018 the Acura MDX upgraded its entertainment system to include Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® connectivity at all trim levels (Standard, Technology, Advance). Depending on your regular routes, you may enjoy the 2017–2019 MDX's available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system. This luxurious SUV demands a test drive. Notable standard features for the 2017–2019 Acura MDX Advance include:

  • 3.5L V6 drivetrain with nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Surround-view camera system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Sport seats with premium leather upholstery
  • Suite of driver assistance features


Mazda Mazda5 Sport

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:Mazda Mazda5 Sport | CarMax

The Mazda5 Sport is a fun-to-drive minivan that entered its final production year in 2015. Seating six passengers over three rows, this maneuverable van is a practical choice for 2020 shoppers. If you're a busy parent running errands or making multiple trips for the after-school activities of little ones, the Mazda5 Sport's sliding rear doors and fold-down second row make this an obvious choice for any young family. For longer trips, look out for models that feature the optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system. The 2015 Mazda5 Sport has these standard features:

  • 2.5L four-cylinder engine
  • Automatic climate control
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Cruise control
  • 16-inch wheels


Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

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

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a five-, six-, or seven-seater SUV packed full of features and in-cabin comfort touches as standard: its most recent models (2017–2019) see year-on-year design and tech upgrades that make it ever more attractive. The Hyundai Santa Fe Limited is the mid-range trim that offers some high-end features such as leather upholstery. For 2020 shoppers looking to test drive the six-seater Hyundai Santa Fe, it's worth noting that, from 2019, the six- and seven-seater models are now called the Santa Fe XL. The 2017 Santa Fe Limited model features as standard:

  • 3.3L V6 engine
  • Hands-free power rear liftgate
  • Leather upholstery
  • Optional second-row captain chairs
  • Second-row cupholders


Ford Flex Limited

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:Ford Flex Limited | CarMax

The Ford Flex Limited is this crossover SUV's top-of-the-range trim and well worth seeking out if you've recognized the benefits of this vehicle in another trim. During its 2009–2019 production years it has remained a consistent and attractive vehicle in the Ford line-up: this tech-savvy, feature-heavy trim level is a stand-out choice for your needs. Standard features found on the 2017–2019 Ford Flex Limited include:

  • Blind-spot monitoring system
  • Turbocharged 3.5L V6 engine with AWD (optional)
  • 12-speaker Sony premium audio system
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Navigation system

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Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate

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

If you're already considering the Hyundai Santa Fe Limited, then the Limited Ultimate trim edition should be on your radar too; its luxurious touches take this six-seater SUV to the next level of passenger comfort and driver enjoyment. In addition to some fine exterior design detailing and interior tech upgrades, the Limited Ultimate trim (2017–2018) also unlocks a driver assist package option, which can add adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam control, and more to an already impressive vehicle. The 2017 and 2018 Santa Fe Limited Ultimate standard features include:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated front and second-row seats
  • 360-degree multi view camera system
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Eight-inch touchscreen display


Ford Explorer Limited

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:Ford Explorer Limited | CarMax

The fifth-generation 2017–2019 Ford Explorer Limited has highway presence thanks to its notable size (Over 16ft long and 6ft wide). For passengers, this means a roomy interior insulated from road noise and comfortable hip- and head-room across the three rows. Cargo stats are pretty good too, with 21 cu-ft of cargo space behind the third row. The Ford Explorer Limited is a mid-level trim that adds driver conveniences, luxury, and tech to an already passenger-friendly cabin. The 2017–2019 Ford Explorer Limited also offers these standard features:

  • 2.3L four-cylinder turbocharged engine
  • Choice of standard front-wheel or optional all-wheel drive
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power-folding third-row seats
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration


GMC Acadia SLE

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:GMC Acadia SLE | CarMax

Our top three places belong to the GMC Acadia, a roomy crossover that accommodates up to seven passengers, depending on your trim choice. In 2017 the Acadia had a full redesign, which has made it a lighter, slimmed down midsize SUV with improved maneuverability and well equipped for passenger comfort—even from its base level. The Acadia SLE is the mid-level trim, in two distinct levels: SLE-1 and SLE-2. Make a note of any Acadia model fitted with the All-Terrain package; it reduces your seating capacity to five. The GMC Acadia SLE-2 (2017–2019) offers these standard features:

  • 2.5L four-cylinder engine
  • Remote engine start
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Programmable power liftgate
  • Second-row captain chairs


GMC Acadia Denali

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:GMC Acadia Denali | CarMax

If you're already convinced by the standard features at the SE and SLE trims, the top of the range Acadia Denali (2017–2019) is a particularly eye-catching option: the premium exterior features chrome detailing, LED lights, and a multi-dimensional grille. Under the hood, a 3.6L V6 engine takes on highway and variable terrain with standard traction control and your choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The Acadia's roomy interior feels a touch more luxurious here too; the Denali trim has heated (and cooling) front seats and USB charge ports across all rows. Further standard features of the 2017–2019 Acadia Denali include:

  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 20-inch six-spoke, polished aluminum wheels
  • Rearview camera


GMC Acadia SLT

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:GMC Acadia SLT | CarMax

Taking our six-seater top spot is the GMC Acadia SLT. This upper mid-range trim (in SLT-1 and SLT-2 variations) unlocks some useful driver assistance packages, tech upgrades, and engine choices. For 2017–2019, the SLT-1 is available with the 2.5L four-cylinder or 3.6L V6 engine and has some nice driver tech too, including an upgraded driver information color screen and some handy drivers-aid features (rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors). The SLT-2 adds 20-inch wheels, a trailering package, lane-keep assist, front parking sensors, and more. The 2017–2019 Acadia SLT models all have these standard features:

  • Eight-speaker Bose® audio system
  • Leather upholstery
  • 120-volt power outlet
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Power-adjustable front seats

Finding your dream six-seater among these should be a breeze. Go ahead and choose one of these practical and attractive all-rounders to match your lifestyle.

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