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Best 6-Passenger Vehicles | CarMax

Sometimes you need the space and seats for more than just a few. Larger vehicles with more passenger capacity often give you more room for your stuff, too. On top of that, you'll get the latest tech and plenty of comfort for long road trips. There's a lot of choice in multi-passenger vehicles, so you're bound to find one that matches what you need.

To help you get started on your search, we've compiled a list of the 10 best six-passenger vehicles for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from February 1, 2020, to July 31, 2020.

  1. Ford Flex SEL
  2. Ford Flex Limited
  3. Mazda Mazda5 Sport
  4. Hyundai Santa Fe Limited
  5. Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate
  6. Acura MDX Advance
  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

Taking a departure from what you think a multi-passenger vehicle should look like, the Ford Flex SEL has style to match its space. While Ford stopped making the Flex in 2019, its technology packages and styling stands strong. The Ford Flex SEL is a mid-level trim that combines practicality with desirable features. For 2017–2019 there's an impressive 20 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the third row, which opens into a whopping 83.2 cu-ft behind the first row.

Some great standard features on the 2017–2019 Ford Flex SEL include:

  • An eight-inch touchscreen with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Up to an estimated 4,500 pounds towing capacity with the standard V6, when properly equipped1
  • 18-inch alloy wheels


Ford Flex Limited

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:Ford Flex Limited | CarMax

Get the luxury you want with the functionality you need in the feature-rich Ford Flex Limited. The Limited trim represents the best the 2017–2019 Ford Flex has to offer. There's an impressive list of standard tech and comforts. A powerful twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 engine is available for Limited trim only, as is AWD.

Get all of these features and more on the 2017–2019 Ford Flex Limited trim:

  • Blind-spot warning information system
  • Yoho Maple interior woodgrain trim
  • Power liftgate
  • 12-speaker Sony® sound system
  • Driver's seat memory settings


Mazda Mazda5 Sport

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:Mazda Mazda5 Sport | CarMax

A people-moving vehicle doesn't have to take up a lot of space, when the Mazda Mazda5 Sport is your compact six-passenger vehicle of choice. The entry-level 2015 Mazda Mazda5 Sport is well equipped with a peppy 2.5L four-cylinder engine that’s up to the task of hauling around six passengers. The smaller size of the 2015 Mazda Mazda5 Sport also gives it a fuel edge, with an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined (with the 2.5L engine).2

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

  • Automatic climate control
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio and cruise controls
  • A six-speaker audio system
  • Dual manual sliding doors
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel


Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

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

A modern take on the SUV, the Hyundai Santa Fe is ideal if you're looking for the best a multi-passenger vehicle has to offer. Hyundai continues to improve the Santa Fe, with upgrades year to year. The 2017–2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited trim includes a standard turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine and up to an estimated 3,500 pounds towing capacity, when properly equipped.1

Standard features on the 2017–2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited include:

  • Leather seating surfaces
  • A surround-view camera system
  • Heated rear seats
  • A panoramic sunroof
  • Forward and rear collision-avoidance assist


Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate

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

The Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate is where fashion and functionality combine for all the options and comfort you want, without sacrificing practicality and your passenger-hauling needs. The 2017–2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine includes AWD and can handles an estimated 3,500 pounds towing capacity, when properly equipped.1 The same engine will also get an EPA-estimated 21 mpg combined economy.2

The 2017–2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate includes the standard features from lesser trims and adds:

  • Full LED headlights, taillights, and accents
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • A 12-speaker Infinity® sound system
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Wireless charging

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Acura MDX Advance

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

Getting six passengers to their destination in style is one of the ways the Acura MDX shines. A sporty AWD system uses torque vectoring to make sure the wheels with the most grip get the power when you're cornering or going off-road. The result is confident handling in almost all conditions. The 2017–2019 MDX Advance is nearly top trim, loaded with driving assist technology, leather seating, natural ash wood trim, LED lighting inside and out, and more.

The 2017–2019 Acura MDX Advance trim also includes these standard features:

  • Power moonroof
  • Acoustic windshield and front glass
  • Milano premium leather seating
  • Driver-assist suite including adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alerts, and blind-spot monitoring
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control


Ford Explorer Limited

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:Ford Explorer Limited | CarMax

Open up the possibilities with 21 cu-ft of space behind the 2017–2019 Ford Explorer Limited's third-row seats. A mild styling refresh in 2018 didn't make any changes to features, engines, or options. A 2017–2018 Ford Explorer Limited is a top-trim three-row SUV with an impressive list of included features. With the 3.5L V6 or twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6, get up to an estimated 5,000 pounds of towing capacity, when properly equipped.1

Some of the many standard features you'll get in a 2017–2019 Ford Explorer Limited include:

  • Heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • A 12-speaker sound system
  • Available LTE 4G Wi-Fi hotspot3
  • A kick-activated power tailgate


GMC Acadia SLE

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:GMC Acadia SLE | CarMax

You'll love all the GMC Acadia SLE offers, and it's easy to see why. The entry-level 2017–2019 GMC Acadia SLE has practicality, functionality, and just the right combination of features. While there is AWD available, it does lower the passenger capacity to five. Two model trims are on tap, with the SLE-2 unlocking a few more optional extras.

Standard equipment on a 2017–2019 GMC Acadia SLE includes:

  • Remote keyless entry
  • A 2.4L four-cylinder engine
  • Bluetooth® audio streaming
  • Heated front seats (SLE-2)
  • Power liftgate (SLE-2)


GMC Acadia Denali

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:GMC Acadia Denali | CarMax

Get all the options and luxury finishes you're looking for with the top-trim GMC Acadia Denali. Pull up to an impressive estimate 4,000 pounds behind the 2017–2019 GMC Acadia Denali with the 3.6L V6 engine, when properly equipped.2 Keep everyone charged with USB charge ports for all three rows of seating, too. Comfortable leather upholstery and 12.8 cu-ft of storage set you up for road trip success.

The well-equipped 2017–2019 GMC Acadia Denali includes:

  • LED accent lighting and HID headlights
  • Denali-exclusive eight-inch driver information screen in the center cluster
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Kick-activated power tailgate
  • Heated and ventilated front seats


GMC Acadia SLT

Best 6-Passenger Vehicles:GMC Acadia SLT | CarMax

A mid-level GMC Acadia SLT combines tech and features with family-friendly functionality. Sitting between the SLE and Denali trims, you will find everything you need and lots of the things you want. There are two different trim levels, SLT-1 and SLT-2, each with different standard options. The 2017–2019 GMC Acadia SLT shares the same standard 2.5L four-cylinder as other trims.

Check out what a 2017–2019 GMC Acadia SLT gets you:

  • Leather seating
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • An eight-speaker Bose® sound system

If you're in the market for a multi-passenger vehicle, this list highlights the variety among 6-passenger models. Some are more compact with car-like driving dynamics, while others offer ample space and capability. Whatever is on your must-have list, one of these 10 best six-passenger vehicles for 2020 shoppers will fit the bill.

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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.
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