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Best 7 Passenger SUVs | CarMax

When you need a large vehicle to haul passengers, golf clubs, home improvement supplies, luggage, and more, a seven-passenger SUV is just the ticket. SUVs can provide powerful performance and excellent handling on bumpy roads, not to mention useful tech features and innovative storage space configurations.

To help you on your search, we've compiled some top picks in the large SUV class. Check out this list of the 10 best 7-passenger SUVs for 2021 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from May 1, 2020, through October 31, 2020.

  1. GMC Acadia SLE
  2. Dodge Journey SE
  3. Ford Explorer Limited
  4. Nissan Pathfinder SL
  5. Nissan Pathfinder S
  6. Nissan Pathfinder SV
  7. Kia Sorento LX
  8. Acura MDX
  9. Infiniti QX60
  10. Ford Explorer XLT


GMC Acadia SLE

Best 7 Passenger SUVs: 2020 GMC Acadia SLE | CarMax

Built for people on the go, the 2017-2019 GMC Acadia SLE is equipped with a standard 193-hp, 2.5L four-cylinder powertrain, or you can shop for a model with the optional 3.6L V6 engine. The 2020 model of the SLE offers a turbocharged 2.0L engine with 230 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, or a V6 engine with 310 hp and 271 lb.-ft. of torque. Designed for excellent drivability, the Acadia packs a lot of features into a streamlined package. Available in SLE-1 and SLE-2 subcategories, each with a number of convenient features, the 2017-2019 GMC Acadia SLE comes standard with:

  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Power liftgate
  • Roof rails
  • Heated front seats
  • Eight-way power driver seat with power recline


Dodge Journey SE

Best 7 Passenger SUVs: Dodge Journey | CarMax

Whether you're running errands, heading out on a road trip, or handling carpool duty, the Journey is a great choice. 2017-2019 models have a 173-horsepower 2.4L engine that offers a smooth and balanced ride that's great for long distances. Inside, you'll get 67.6 cu-ft of volume with the second and third rows folded on 2017-2019 models. This means the Dodge Journey SE is great for ski trips, DIY projects, and long vacations with your favorite people.

Standard features on the SE trim include the following on 2017 and newer models:

  • Dual-zone manual temperature control
  • Tilt and telescoping steering column
  • Second-row in-floor storage bins
  • 4.3-inch touchscreen display


Ford Explorer Limited

Best 7 Passenger SUVs: Ford Explorer | CarMax

If you're shopping for an SUV that shines off-road and on the highway, the Ford Explorer Limited is an excellent match. The 2017-2019 Explorer Limited includes a 280-hp, 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder engine as standard, or you can shop for a model with the 290-hp, 3.5L V6 engine. A generous 21 cubic feet of storage is welcome for driving around town or across the country. And if there are just two of you in the SUV, you can fold down the seats and enjoy a whopping 81.7 cubic feet of storage space. These features are standard on the 2017–2019 Ford Explorer Limited:

  • Hands-free foot-activated liftgate
  • Second-row heated outboard seats
  • Leather seating
  • SYNC® 3 infotainment system
  • Voice-activated navigation system


Nissan Pathfinder SL

Best 7 Passenger SUVs: Nissan Pathfinder | CarMax

Have your eye on a Nissan Pathfinder? This versatile SUV places three times on our list, with different trims to match your needs. Each Pathfinder comes standard with FWD; AWD is optional. A refined suspension is one of the hallmarks of the Pathfinder, and the 2017-2019 SL trim is jam-packed with premium touches like leather upholstery, a motion-activated power liftgate, and a 360-degree camera that monitors movement around the vehicle. Other standard features on the 2017-2019 Nissan Pathfinder SL include:

  • Hill descent control
  • Four-way power front-passenger seat
  • Metallic interior trim
  • Heated outboard second-row seats
  • Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems


Nissan Pathfinder S

Best 7 Passenger SUVs: 2018 Nissan Pathfinder | CarMax

One of the notable benefits of the 2017-2020 Nissan Pathfinder is that even at the base S level, this SUV can tow an estimated 6,000 lbs. when properly equipped with the standard 3.5-liter V6 powertrain.1 You'll get 284 hp and 259 lb.-ft. of torque, which provides the get-up-and-go you need. On 2017-2019 Pathfinder S models, three rows can be configured for a roomy 79.9 cubic feet with the back two rows folded down. An eight-inch touchscreen display is standard for 2017-2020 models of the Nissan Pathfinder S, as well as these features:

  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Roof rails
  • Sliding and reclining 60/40-split folding second-row seat
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Rearview camera

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Nissan Pathfinder SV

Best 7 Passenger SUVs: Nissan Pathfinder | CarMax

Comfort meets tech with the Nissan Pathfinder SV, a three-row SUV that's designed to provide an agile, steady ride for you and your passengers and offer a bevy of the latest features. The 2017-2020 Pathfinder SV boasts Bluetooth connectivity as well as an easy-to-use, eight-inch touchscreen as standard. Got toys to haul? The 2017-2020 Pathfinder can tow an estimated 6,000 lbs. with the V6 powertrain, when properly equipped.1 Other standard features of the 2017–2020 Nissan Pathfinder SV include:

  • Automatic halogen headlights
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Rearview monitor
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (2019-2020)


Kia Sorento LX

Best 7 Passenger SUVs: Kia Sorento | CarMax

Launched in 2002, the brawny three-row Kia Sorento kicked off its fourth generation in 2014 and got a facelift in 2018 with a refreshed front grille and updated headlamps. Inside, the Sorento LX continues to impress, with three rows of seats and 11.3 cubic feet of storage space behind the third row in 2017-2020 models. The LX comes standard with acoustic front-windshield glass for a quieter ride. Under the hood, the LX boasts a 185-hp, 2.4L four-cylinder or an optional 290-hp, 3.3L V6. Optional packages include heated seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Standard features on 2017-2020 Kia Sorento LX models include:

  • Two rapid-charge USB ports
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Second row 40/20/40 split folding seats
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth connectivity with voice commands


Acura MDX

Best 7 Passenger SUVs: Acura MDX | CarMax

Are you eyeing a luxury SUV with modern tech features and plush seats? The Acura MDX does not disappoint. The 2017-2020 MDX is powered by a standard 3.5L V6 making 290 hp, or you can shop for an available hybrid 321-hp, 3.0L V6 paired with three electric motors. If you're looking for a fuel-sipping SUV that seats seven, the hybrid is a great choice. The 2017-2020 MDX includes an array of standard features and elegance; the Advance trim boasts heated second-row captain's chairs and two additional USB ports for your passengers. The 2017-2020 Acura MDX includes these features as standard:

  • Power liftgate
  • Power heated seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control


Infiniti QX60

Best 7 Passenger SUVs: Infiniti QX60 | CarMax

Whether you're driving the kids to school or enjoying an epic trip with your crew, the Infiniti QX60 can take you there in luxurious comfort. Moving through traffic or opening it up on the highway is designed to be effortless with the 2017-2019 QX60, which is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine with 295 hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. All 2017-2020 QX60s include 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and heated leather seats, plus audiophiles will love the 13-speaker Bose® audio system. Additional standard features on the 2017-2020 Infiniti QX60 include:

  • Power-sliding tinted glass moonroof
  • Power liftgate
  • Eight-way power driver seat with memory
  • Sliding second row
  • Reclining third row


Ford Explorer XLT

Best 7 Passenger SUVs: Ford Explorer | CarMax

The 2017-2020 Ford Explorer XLT features a versatile and well-appointed cabin, with creative storage cubbies throughout. Available in FWD and AWD models, 2017-2020 Ford Explorer XLTs come standard with a 3.5L V6 powertrain making 290 hp and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. If you want more oomph, shop for a model with the turbocharged 2.3L engine with 280 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque, which can tow an estimated 3,000 lbs. when properly equipped.1 This three-row SUV is available with optional second-row captain's chairs in place of a bench seat. Other standard features on the 2017–2019 Ford Explorer XLT include:

  • 10-way power driver seat
  • Six-way power front-passenger seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Reverse-sensing system
  • Bluetooth connectivity

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