Space for up to seven with room to spare.

Best 7 Passenger SUVs | CarMax

Delivering powerful performance, modern technology, and plenty of room, seven-passenger SUVs allow you to take along family, friends, and cargo and hit the open road in comfort and style.

When it comes to spacious utility vehicles, there's plenty of options for you to choose from, so to help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the 10 best seven-passenger SUVs for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from July 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019.

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


Ford Explorer Sport

Best 7 Passenger SUVs: 2017 Ford Explorer | CarMax

If you're looking for space but not willing to compromise on performance, thanks to its 265-hp 3.5L turbocharged V6 engine, the seven-passenger Ford Explorer Sport is a strong contender. And if you're someone that likes having choices, with five different trims available, 20172019 Ford Explorers are especially sure to please. The robust AWD Sport trim has a zippy ride and athletic stance and includes all of the features found on base models with a few added comforts.

The 20172019 Ford Explorer Sport includes these features as standard:

  • Trailer sway control
  • Power-folding third-row seats
  • Automatic on/off headlamps with rain lamp feature
  • Hill start assist


Nissan Pathfinder S

Best 7 Passenger SUVs: 2018 Nissan Pathfinder | CarMax

Looking for an SUV that's ready and able to take you and your friends or family off the beaten path? Receiving a facelift in 2017, the fourth-generation Nissan Pathfinder won't just get the job done but boasts a generous selection of features. Starting in 2017, this off-road capable SUV boasts automatic emergency braking as standard as well as a wide range of convenience and comfort features. The Pathfinder is an SUV ready to keep up with the adventurer in you.

Standard features for 20172019 Nissan Pathfinder S models include:

  • Traction and stability control
  • Roof rails
  • Rearview camera
  • USB port (2019 models also include a USB-C port)


Nissan Pathfinder SL

Best 7 Passenger SUVs: Nissan Pathfinder | CarMax

If the Pathfinder has a spot on your shortlist and it's more features that you're after, the Pathfinder's SL trim, two steps up from the base S model, has plenty to offer. The 2017–2019 Pathfinder SL boasts the same powerful 3.5L V6 engine found on the S but with additional driver-assist features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert systems, and hill-descent control.

Features found on 20172019 Nissan Pathfinders include:

  • Power liftgate
  • 360-degree parking camera system
  • Two-way power lumbar driver seat with memory settings
  • Leather upholstery


Ford Explorer Limited

Best 7 Passenger SUVs: Ford Explorer | CarMax

With powerful performance and plenty of features, the spacious three-row Ford Explorer appears again on our list with the Limited trim. Under the hood of the Limited, you'll find a 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder—generating an impressive 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque and moving your Explorer along effortlessly even when the roads get tough. Comfort features also abound at this level, with lots of options to keep you smiling with every mile.

With the 20172019 Ford Explorer Limited you can expect the following:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Eight-inch touchscreen display
  • Power-folding third-row seats


Acura MDX

Best 7 Passenger SUVs: Acura MDX | CarMax

If you're on the hunt for a seven-passenger SUV that offers a luxury feel and a terrific drive, make sure to take the Acura MDX for a test drive. Third-generation MDXs (2014 to present) receive power from a 3.5L V6 at the base model while an optional 3.0L V6 hybrid powerplant is also available. The moment you're seated in one of the 2017–2019 MDX's standard heated front seats with adjustable lumbar support you'll see just how plush and well-equipped the interior is—and thanks to a wow-inspiring five USB ports sprinkled throughout the cabin, so will your passengers.

Standard features on 20172019 Acura MDXs include:

  • Auto LED headlights with automatic high beams
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Bluetooth®
  • Eight-speaker sound system

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Dodge Journey SE

Best 7 Passenger SUVs: Dodge Journey | CarMax

Road-trip ready and practical, the 20172019 Dodge Journey has a wide range of features that'll make even longer drives seem like a dream. In addition to seating for seven, you can also expect sporty handling and standard AWD to keep you confident behind the wheel, all presented in a comfortable package that will carry you, your passengers, and all your belongings in style.

Standard 2017–2019 features include:

  • 4.3-inch touchscreen interface
  • Roof rails
  • Cruise control
  • Connectivity package (2018–2019 only) adding Bluetooth and USB port


Kia Sorento LX

Best 7 Passenger SUVs: Kia Sorento | CarMax

The Kia Sorento comes with a standard third row and a wide selection of trims, making it an excellent choice for you and your family. The attractive interior boasts ample volume not just for you and other passengers, but for your golf clubs, grocery bags, and camping gear too. Meanwhile, under the hood, you'll find the Sorento gets its power from a capable 2.4L four-cylinder engine outputting 185 hp.

For model years 2017–2019, the Kia Sorento LX includes:

  • Rearview camera
  • Sound-reducing windshield
  • Roof rails
  • 4.3-inch touchscreen interface


Nissan Pathfinder SV

Best 7 Passenger SUVs: Nissan Pathfinder | CarMax

If you can already see your next off-road adventure inside the Pathfinder and want additional tech and features, check out the SV trim, a notch above the already well-equipped S trim. With the optional Tech package which can be found on 2017 to present models starting at the SV trim, you can expect plenty of driver-assist features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control, as well as a navigation system. Those features will help make every moment you spend behind the wheel a pleasure, both on the beaten path and off.

Standard features on 20172019 Nissan Pathfinder SVs include:

  • Rear parking sensors
  • Eight-way power driver seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror


Ford Explorer XLT

Best 7 Passenger SUVs: Ford Explorer | CarMax

If you have your heart set on a Ford Explorer and want to try out some of the wide variety of features available, make sure to take the XLT trim out for a spin. 2017–2019 Explorers are available in five different trims and the XLT is a step above the base model when it comes to features. You can also find an available turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine generating 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque starting with the XLT trim. This outgoing and refined seven-seat SUV is a great choice if you drive long distances on a regular basis and at the XLT level, many models sport a number of optional packages, too.

Standard features on the XLT trim (2017–2019) include:

  • 10-way power driver seat including power lumbar and six-way power front-passenger seat with manual lumbar
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 10 cupholders
  • Reverse sensing system


Infiniti QX60

Best 7 Passenger SUVs: Infiniti QX60 | CarMax

With plenty of comfort and lots of engine power, the conveniently-sized and capable Infiniti QX60 finds a spot at the top of our list. The moment your foot touches the pedal you're sure to feel that this sleek SUV is a dream to drive, largely thanks to its quiet but potent 295-hp 3.6L V6 engine. For model years 2017–2018, the QX60 is available in one trim, and two trims for model year 2019. And as you shop around, make sure to keep an out for AWD or FWD models, as both platforms are available.

Standard features on 20172019 Infiniti QX60s include:

  • Sunroof
  • Power liftgate
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable and heated front seats
  • Bluetooth
  • Seven-inch central touchscreen display
  • Rearview camera

Seven-passenger SUVs have plenty to offer in terms of convenience, comfort, and performance, making you and your passengers happy with every mile. And with this list to help you on your search, you're sure to find an SUV out there that fits your busy lifestyle.

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