The modern 7-seater SUV needs to tick many boxes: it needs to drive well, have room enough for seven occupants, and enough features to keep them all happy. We’ve evaluated the best 7-seat SUVs on the market to help you decide on one that meets your requirements. If you only plan to use the rear seats occasionally - or more regularly for small children - maybe you don’t need tons of legroom. But if you require enough room for adults, our reviews will detail the space available in each row, as well as how easy it is to access each seat.
Beyond passenger accommodations, we also provide an evaluation of each vehicle’s ride and handling, safety record, and whether the model you’ve got your eye on is new or at the end of its life cycle. Our key rival comparisons also pit each prospect up against its closest competitors, and we even delve into the optional add-ons that are available. Get started and find the best vehicle for you.
Most buyers desire more than just a spacious hauler for their family, and there are a number of relatively affordable options for shoppers on a budget. The majority of these larger motors are marketed towards those who desire the best for their loved ones. Here is some advice on what to look for when considering an SUV seating 7.
Now that we’ve established what to look for in your ideal purchase, let’s compare some of our top-rated models of the year and their relevant specifications.
On the most extreme end of the spectrum is the Cadillac Escalade. This enormous machine is equipped with a powerful V8 engine that develops 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. This allows the land yacht to achieve an impressive sprint to 60 mph in just six seconds. But power is not what earns this grand automobile so much acclaim. No US factory produces a vehicle with a more luxurious interior, and the sheer abundance of features is mind-boggling. As you’d expect, none of this comes cheap, with the Escalade starting at $75,195 for a 2020 model. But with a complete redesign due for release in 2021, you can probably expect this to climb higher yet, as Cadillac strives to build the most luxurious road vehicle ever.
On the more affordable end of the spectrum is the Kia Telluride. It may not be ideal for those with tight purse strings, but $31,890 is really quite fair. Powered by a 291-hp V6, the midsize crossover is not quite as spacious as its more premium rival, but it has a more accommodating 21-cubic-foot trunk. Lots of tech comes standard, including blind-spot monitoring and forward collision avoidance. The upper end of the range approaches near-luxury levels of comfort.
A decent middle ground between these two is the BMW X7. The largest machine in the German manufacturer’s stable, the X7 has enough room for seven passengers, although the third row suffers from a common affliction - cramped space. Premium materials cover every surface, and there is not much tech you cannot choose to shove into it. The cargo hold is a little small at just 12.8 cubic feet, though. Where the BMW has both its rivals easily beat, however, is handling. You’d be hard-pressed to find a similarly sized ride with the same grace on the road, unless you look at one of the M-performance configurations.