Best Used 8-Passenger SUVs for 2023

Rose Reid
Rose Reid | Senior Contributor
January 2, 2024
Two friends laugh while sitting in the open hatchback trunk of an SUV, a third friend leans against the taillight while eating

Spacious enough for your whole crew.

From carpooling with friends to driving your little leaguers to their big game, an eight-passenger SUV helps you do it all. Expect spacious cabins and plenty of cargo room for your crew, as well as connectivity features and a whole host of clever driver-assistance technology. These sizable SUVS often have the powertrain chops to tow trailers or campers, too.

Ready to find yours? We compiled a list of the 10 most popular used eight-passenger SUVs with CarMax customers. Learn more about how our lists work.

Best Used 8-Passenger SUVs for 2023

  1. Honda Pilot

  2. Chevrolet Tahoe

  3. Toyota Highlander

  4. Chevrolet Traverse

  5. Nissan Armada

  6. Chevrolet Suburban

  7. Ford Expedition

  8. GMC Yukon

  9. Lexus LX 570

  10. GMC Acadia

1. Honda Pilot

Dark blue 2018 Honda Pilot

The 2018-2021 Honda Pilot hits a home run on every front. Seats are plush and supportive. Four full sets of LATCH fixtures on these 2018-2021 models take care of your youngest passengers, while legroom for adults is generous throughout, from 40.9 inches up front to 38.4 inches and 31.9 inches across the second and third rows respectively.

Standard 2018-2021 Pilot features that elevate each journey include Active Noise Cancellation for crystal-clear conversations alongside Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto functionality to connect to your favorite podcasts and audiobooks. Picking a 2018-2021 Pilot LX, EX, EX-L, SE (from 2021), or Touring trim will secure that eight-seat configuration. Double-check Touring models however, they can be optioned with second-row captain's chairs that reduce seating capacity to seven.

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2. Chevrolet Tahoe

Black 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe LT

The 2018-2022 Chevrolet Tahoe is a brawny full-size SUV that comfortably accommodates big groups, with seating for eight on the LS and LT trims (2018-2022), and from 2021 onward (the start of its fifth generation), in the RST and Z71 trims too.

The 2018-2022 Tahoe is generously equipped with the connective tech your crew demands, including smartphone connectivity and hands-free calling accessible for the driver via steering-wheel controls, or via an eight-inch center-console touchscreen. Managing your kids' experience with the Tahoe is easy too. Thanks to Teen Driver Mode, you can set sensible driving parameters for new drivers, while the rear-seat reminder is for those hectic days that feature multiple pick-ups and drop-offs.

It's worth noting that the 2018-2022 Tahoe LS is available with a front-row bench, boosting capacity to nine.

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3. Toyota Highlander

White 2022 Toyota Highlander LE

Sensible features are a mainstay of the Toyota Highlander's enduring appeal. Throw in plenty of passenger comfort touches, too, and this should be a solid option if you're after an eight-seater SUV. All 2018-2022 Highlander models feature a suite of driver aids, while the interior's easy-clean surfaces, exterior sound reduction technology, and touchscreen infotainment portal will ensure passengers of all ages feel comfortable and content when traveling together.

This Highlander also makes light work of the tasks that come with family or community responsibility. Fold down the rear rows of a 2018-2019 Highlander for 83.7 cu-ft of space, or 84.3 cu-ft from 2020 onward. For everything else, try a trailer. The 2018-2022 Highlander can tow up to an estimated 5,000 lbs when properly equipped and powered by the 3.5L V6 engine.

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4. Chevrolet Traverse

Red 2020 Chevrolet Traverse High Country

If you're after a Chevrolet Traverse with seating for eight across three rows, check out the second-generation (2018-2022) L and LS models. The 2018-2022 Traverse LS has convenient drink holders throughout the cabin, ensuring everyone's coffee shop order is within easy reach, while the tri-zone automatic climate control system keeps each row at an ideal temperature.

There's room to stretch out in the 2018-2022 Traverse too, with no drop-off in the third row; it's got an impressive 33.5 inches of legroom, enough for the tallest of teens. The 23 cu-ft of fixed cargo storage allows everyone to bring their own bag on weekends away, with more space available if required by folding down one or both of the rear rows.

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5. Nissan Armada

Grey 2020 Nissan Armada Platinum

An impressive V8 engine may be the big draw of the 2017-2022 Nissan Armada, but you'll fall for its thoughtful interior with each journey you take. The Armada cabin bursts with passenger-pleasing standard features that will get everyday use. This includes twelve drink holders, deep door cubbies, a central touchscreen infotainment portal, and hands-free calling functionality.

For vacations and everyday outings, the 2017-2022 Armada's 5.6L V8 engine will see you through everything from rough roads to smooth highways with responsive handling that belies its full-size status. With up to an estimated 8,500 lbs of towing capability when properly equipped, the 2017-2022 Armada and its V8 engine can facilitate family hobbies, house moves, and even vacations with an RV.

You can find all 2017-2022 models of the Armada in the eight-seat configuration, though some SL or Platinum trim models may have the optional second-row captain's chairs, reducing seating to seven.

Research the Nissan Armada.

6. Chevrolet Suburban

Black 2020 Chevrolet Suburban Premier

As a full-size, body-on-frame SUV, the Chevrolet Suburban is an ideal candidate for your adventurous crew to hobby and explore together. All 2018-2022 Suburban LS and LT trims can accommodate eight passengers. Connectivity tech is plentiful and all 2018-2022 LS models feature smartphone connectivity, multiple USB ports, and domestic power outlets as standard.

Expansive cargo capability is a 2018-2020 Suburban highlight, with no less than 39.3 cu-ft available behind the third row, expanding to 121.7 cubes when the rear rows are folded flat, more than enough for weekends at the fishing lake or golf course. Do you have a growing family? For two more inches of legroom in each rear row, and more cargo space overall, pick a 2021 Suburban or later, it's the model year that marks the start of this SUV's twelfth generation.

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7. Ford Expedition

White 2019 Ford Expedition

The one to beat for multi-generational travel, Ford's full-size Expedition SUV offers a smooth riding experience every time. Choose a 2018-2022 Expedition with dual rear-row bench seats to guarantee the eight-seat capacity. Helping you to effectively manage your troops from the front row, the 2018- 2020 Expedition includes a conversation mirror as standard, peace-of-mind rear privacy glass, and 15 cup holders for no-excuse hydration breaks throughout the cabin.

There's no mistaking how large this SUV looks and feels, and that's a good thing. All 2018-2022 models have large doors with a wide-set open to ensure easy entry and exit for less mobile passengers. Your youngest travelers can be placed in rear-row child seat positions that suit your crew and journey plans, as the eight-seat Expedition has five full sets of LATCH fixtures.

Taking your freshman to college? The 2018-2022 Expedition's rear rows fold flat to reveal 104.6 cu-ft of packing space behind the front row seats.

Research the Ford Expedition.

8. GMC Yukon

Red 2020 GMC Yukon Denali

A full-size SUV with abundant standard tech, the GMC Yukon seats eight as standard in its 2018-2021 SLE and SLT trims. Family summer camps or winter skiing trips with your friendship group are a breeze in the 2018- 2021 Yukon. Jumping in, you're assisted by side steps and grab handles, and the ride height gives you a great viewpoint as you travel. Behind the 2018-2020 Yukon's third row is 15.3 cu-ft of available cargo space. If you need more space, pick a 2021 (fifth-generation) Yukon or later, for 25.5 cu-ft.

Because connectivity is king, the 2018-2021 Yukon SLE base trim ensures passengers can charge their devices via its onboard domestic power outlets and USB ports. You can connect to your favorite music and podcast streaming services via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.

Research the GMC Yukon.

9. Lexus LX 570

White 2021 Lexus LX 570

For fun and flair in one glorious package, the 2018-2021 Lexus LX 570 is the luxury eight-seat SUV you and your crew deserve. Alongside the stylish design accents and well-appointed interior is a surprisingly jacked powertrain set-up that relishes a challenge. You can head off-road in the Lexus LX 570 in mud, rock, sand, or snow. The 383-hp 5.7L V8 engine pairs with a four-wheel-drive delivery system, with adaptive suspension, low-speed off-roading crawl control, and terrain select functionality also included.

For off-road explorers and city street commuters alike, the 2018-2021 LX 570 Three-Row trim delivers in-cabin comfort for your most important travel companions. Across its eight-seat configuration, your crew can enjoy plush leather upholstery, four-zone automatic climate control, ambient interior lighting, and a nine-speaker premium sound system as standard.

Research the Lexus LX 570.

10. GMC Acadia

Dark graphite 2022 GMC Acadia SLE

The GMC Acadia offers seating for eight as standard on all 2012-2016 base trim models. Pick a 2016 Acadia SLE-1 (the final production year of its first generation) for that eight-seat configuration and a host of familiar family-friendly features as standard. Connective technology for this trim model includes Bluetooth® calling functionality, and an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot for compatible devices to get online.

Thoughtful simplicity defines the 2016 Acadia SLE-1's cabin, making every journey as hassle-free as possible, even if you're traveling with kids. Smooth-traveling second-row seating allows for easy third-row access, while active noise dampening ensures peaceful miles are yours for the taking. Rear privacy glass will keep your crew protected from prying eyes, while the roof rails give you more options for cargo carrying.

Research the GMC Acadia.

An eight-seater SUV facilitates the fun and function of everyday life with your favorite people. If you'd like to keep reading, take a look at our research pages for the vehicles we've listed, or check out these related articles:

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To create our "Best Of" lists, our analysts look at CarMax vehicle and sales data over a recent 6-month period, from March 2023 through August 2023. Looking back over a 6-month period allows for the highest sample size possible while also providing up-to-date pricing information. Some articles may include data points with lower sample sizes.

Rose Reid
Rose Reid | Senior Contributor

Rose Reid writes about the latest transport trends with a keen focus on trucks, SUVs, and the finer details that influence car buying decisions. An experienced travel writer with a fascination for cars, boats, and planes, she believes every journey matters.

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