Bring the whole crew with these SUVs!

Best 8-Passenger Vehicles | CarMax

Picture a vehicle that can go off the beaten path, tow your toys, and transport your whole crew for an unforgettable experience. The eight-passenger SUV can be just that vehicle. Whether you want a versatile midsize SUV like the Honda Pilot, or a big full-size SUV like the Chevrolet Suburban, this list is full of great options. Make your next trip to the beach or lake extra special with one of these eight-passenger SUVs.

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

  1. GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLT
  2. Chevrolet Tahoe LS
  3. Toyota Highlander XLE
  4. Honda Pilot Touring
  5. Chevrolet Traverse LS
  6. Toyota Highlander LE
  7. Chevrolet Traverse LT
  8. Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LT
  9. Chevrolet Tahoe LT
  10. Honda Pilot EX-L


GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLT

Best 8 Passenger Suvs: GMC Yukon XL | CarMax

Kicking off our list is the GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLT. The Yukon's eleventh generation spans the 2015-2020 model years and comes with a ton of great features and options, including seating for up to nine passengers. With an impressive 5.3L V8 across all model years of this generation, the Yukon is designed to support even the most active lifestyle. The Yukon XL has a maximum estimated towing capacity of 8,100 pounds with the 5.3L V8, when properly equipped.1 The SLT trim slots in just below the Denali at the top of the Yukon XL 1500 lineup. SLT models from 2017-2020 are equipped with standard features like:

  • Leather upholstery with heated/ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Heated and power-adjustable steering wheel
  • Power-folding second- and third-row seats


Chevrolet Tahoe LS

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The Chevrolet Tahoe has been around since the early 1990s and has evolved with each model year. The fifth generation runs from 2015-2020 and comes in a variety of trim levels. All trim levels across this generation feature a standard 355-horsepower 5.3L V8 plus optional 4WD, and lots of available tech. With 15.3 cubic feet of luggage space (51.7 cubic feet with the third row folded), you can bring plenty of gear to maximize your road trip. The base Tahoe LS comes well-equipped with standard features on 2017-2020 models, such as:

  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Automatic wipers
  • Active grille shutters
  • Available remote start and keyless entry2
  • Trailer hitch receiver and wiring harness


Toyota Highlander XLE

Best 8-Passenger Vehicles:Toyota Highlander XLE | CarMax

The Toyota Highlander delivers a versatile three-row SUV experience with tons of useful features. The third-generation 2017-2019 XLE trim features a 295-horsepower V6 and a choice of 2WD or 4WD. It also boasts standard features like a height-adjustable power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, sunroof, leather upholstery (first and second rows), and a navigation system. Fully redesigned for 2020, the fourth-generation Highlander XLE includes standard features such as:

  • Eight-inch infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability
  • Automatic headlights and high beams
  • Leatherette upholstery with heated front seats
  • Second-row captain's chairs
  • Power moonroof
  • Navigation system


Honda Pilot Touring

Best 8-Passenger Vehicles:Honda Pilot Touring | CarMax

If you're looking for a versatile eight-passenger SUV, the Honda Pilot Touring is a great choice. Model years 2017-2020 are part of the Pilot's third generation and are powered by a 280-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine with optional AWD. The Pilot features 109 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded, providing the versatility and storage space you crave. The Touring trim is near the top of the Pilot range and comes with a ton of standard features. Keep an eye out for comfort and convenience features on 2017-2020 models, such as:

  • Sunroof
  • Leather upholstery with heated front seats
  • One-touch sliding second-row seats
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • A 10-speaker sound system


Chevrolet Traverse LS

Best 8-Passenger Vehicles:Chevrolet Traverse LS | CarMax

Looking for a midsize SUV that seats eight? Check out the Chevrolet Traverse LS and you'll find a lot to like. The Traverse was fully redesigned for the 2018 model year; the second-generation SUV comes well-equipped with a standard 3.6L V6 engine with a robust 310 horsepower. The Traverse lineup is diverse, with the LS Trim slotting in just above the L trim level. Take a look at 2017 and newer Traverse LS models and you'll find a long list of standard equipment, such as:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration
  • HID headlights
  • Six USB ports
  • Tri-zone climate control

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Toyota Highlander LE

Best 8-Passenger Vehicles:Toyota Highlander LE | CarMax

Looking for the practicality of a Highlander in its most straightforward setup? Look no further than the capable Toyota Highlander LE. As with all 2017-2019 third-generation Highlanders, the LE features a 2.7L four-cylinder engine with 187 horsepower, plus standard equipment like heated mirrors, a rearview camera, and a 6.1-inch touchscreen. Opt for the newly redesigned 2020 Highlander LE and you'll get standard features such as:

  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Eight-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Power liftgate
  • LED fog lights


Chevrolet Traverse LT

Best 8-Passenger Vehicles:Chevrolet Traverse LT | CarMax

The Chevrolet Traverse LT has all the great elements of the LS, plus additional convenience and luxury features. The LT trim features the same 310-horsepower 3.6L V6 found in the LS. Take a look at the versatile 2017 and newer Traverse LT, and you'll find quite a few standard features, such as:

  • Fog lights
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Available remote start2
  • Eight-way power driver seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel


Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LT

Best 8-Passenger Vehicles:Chevrolet Suburban LT | CarMax

The Chevrolet Suburban is a large, full-size SUV that's up for almost any challenge you can bring. 2015-2020 Suburbans are part of the SUV's eleventh generation, featuring a 5.3L V8 with 355 horsepower and optional 4WD. The Suburban boasts 38.9 cubic feet of space with all seats in place, 76.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and a massive 121.1 cubic feet behind the first row with all seats folded. Take a look at the 2017-2020 Suburban LT, and you'll find standard equipment such as:

  • Leather upholstery with heated front seats
  • Driver-seat memory function
  • Power-operated liftgate
  • Nine-speaker Bose® audio system
  • Auto-dimming rearview camera
  • Universal garage door opener


Chevrolet Tahoe LT

Best 8-Passenger Vehicles:Chevrolet Tahoe LT | CarMax

The Chevrolet Tahoe LT is a sturdy, truck-based SUV that's ready for rugged adventure. Now in its fifth generation (2015-2020), the LT is designed to deliver. Want to pull a boat or camper for a weekend getaway? The Tahoe LT boasts an estimated towing capacity of 8,400 pounds (when properly equipped) with its 5.3L V8.1 The Tahoe LT features optional 4WD and, starting on 2017 and newer Tahoe LT models, you'll find standard equipment including:

  • Power liftgate
  • Leather upholstery with heated front seats
  • Nine-speaker Bose audio system
  • Auto-dimming rearview camera
  • Universal garage door opener


Honda Pilot EX-L

Best 8-Passenger Vehicles:Honda Pilot EX-L | CarMax

The Honda Pilot EX-L offers practical utility in a comfortable and spacious SUV. All third-generation Pilot EX-L models across 2017-2020 feature a 280-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, with optional AWD. The Pilot EX-L trim is just under the Touring in the middle of the Pilot range, and comes with a ton of standard features from 2017 onward, including:

  • Leather upholstery with heated front seats
  • Sunroof
  • Power tailgate
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • One-touch sliding second-row seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror

The ability to reach off-road destinations while carrying eight passengers and their stuff is an amazing feat. Use this list to find the right eight-passenger SUV for your needs.

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1Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
2Remote start functionality may require the purchase of a subscription plan and/or a compatible device like a smartphone. See the owner's manual or manufacturer website for more information.
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