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Best 8-Passenger SUVs – Full-Size, Mid-Size, & Minivan Options

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If you’re looking for a new SUV to fit eight, a three-row vehicle is just what you need. But not all third rows are created equal, so we balanced roominess and comfort with maneuverability, both for driver and passengers. Keep in mind that some three-row SUVs have the option of fitting seven or eight passengers, depending on the configuration. And don’t discount the minivan, which not only seats eight, but tends to be priced lower than many SUVs and has higher mileage.

Our picks also had to receive high ratings from Kelley Blue Book (KBB) experts as well as consumers on Edmunds, when available. We also indicated when vehicles were rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and/or Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Best 8-passenger vehicles: Full-size SUVs

There’s a reason why full-size SUVs are in high demand: they are incredibly versatile. From their towing capacities to their ability to carpool or go off-roading on weekends, these are the vehicles that do it all.

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

  • MSRP $48,000
  • 4.5 out of 5 by KBB experts; consumer reviews unavailable on Edmunds
  • Not yet rated by NHTSA or IIHS
  • 18 MPG combined city/highway

With a high towing capacity, a powerful engine and a three-row, eight-person seating capacity, this is an incredibly capable SUV choice. It can tow up to 8,600 lbs (that’s the size of a boat or a trailer), and it has a standard V8 engine (others will make you upgrade to this) with optional four-wheel drive. Chevrolet offers seating configurations up to nine passengers for the Tahoe and the larger Suburban, but the less expensive Tahoe receives slightly better KBB ratings.

2019 Ford Expedition

  • MSRP $52,130
  • 4.7 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.5 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (2 reviews)
  • 5 stars NHTSA
  • 20 MPG combined city/highway

It’s got plenty of interior room for people and cargo. If you don’t need the third row, you can open up the back door, press a button and the third row seats fold down; power-folding third-row seats are standard. However, handy power slide-and-tilt second-row seats, which allow you third-row access without having to remove and reinstall child safety seats, are optional on the base XLT model — the split bench seat is standard. There’s no disputing the Expedition’s comfort and power; it’s able to tow almost as much as a full-size truck. The brakes aren’t as good as its power, but the plush seats almost make up for it. It may not be the easiest to park, but this is one massive, comfortable ride.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser

MSRP $84,765

3.2 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.0 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (1 review)

15 MPG combined city/highway

Not yet rated by NHTSA or IIHS

This is the most expensive of the bunch, but it’s the one you’ll want to be driving if you’re going anywhere off paved roads — it’s the absolute best for navigating bumpy, rugged streets. Unchanged from the 2018 model, this SUV — which seats eight — is a good choice for off-road and city driving, providing a comfortable ride no matter where you take it. But it has poor fuel economy and still lacks smartphone connectivity and an entertainment system.

Best 8-passenger vehicles: Mid-size SUVs

There aren’t too many mid-size SUVs that can carry eight passengers. But it’s still doable.

2019 Honda Pilot

  • MSRP $31,450
  • 4.7 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.4 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (33 reviews)
  • 5 stars NHTSA
  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • 22.6 MPG combined city/highway

Depending on the configuration, this can fit seven or eight people, seven with the second-row captain’s chairs found on upper trim levels and eight with the split bench seat. Keep in mind that  you’ll have to upgrade from the base LX to the EX to get One-Touch second-row seats. The Pilot gets 22 MPG and standard V6 power. This SUV isn’t made to tow more than 5,000 pounds, but it’s a great standard vehicle that has a 9-speed automatic transmission that offers a quiet, comfy ride.

2019 Subaru Ascent

  • MSRP $31,995
  • Expert review not yet available on KBB; 4.1 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (66 reviews)
  • 5 stars NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick+
  • 23.70 MPG combined city/highway

A new SUV for 2019, the Ascent is a sporty ride that’s also comfortable and, like other Subarus, safe. The base version has a second-row bench for eight-passenger seating, though it should be noted that if you’re interested in upper trim levels, the Ascent trades out the bench for captain’s chairs, which means seating for seven only. This vehicle can tow up to 5,000 pounds, and it’s got a high quality interior, with a 4-cylinder engine offering 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. It’s got a whopping 19 cup holders and USB ports in every row in an effort to please every passenger.

2019 Toyota Highlander

  • MSRP $31,330
  • 4.4 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.5 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (2 reviews)
  • 5 stars NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • 21.8 MPG combined city/highway

This is a family car for sure. The base LE has standard seating for eight (not necessarily the case on upper trim levels), and has five USB ports (for all those teens) plus cargo space (for the sports equipment) along with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and an 8-speed automatic engine. A hybrid model is available with plenty of trim models. The only real complaints from experts concern the lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

Best 8-passenger vehicles: Minivans

If you’re not planning on doing much off-roading, want to spend less money and still have the eight-seater, you may want to consider these minivans.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica

  • MSRP $26,995
  • 4.5 by KBB experts; 4.5 out 5 by consumers on Edmunds (4 reviews)
  • 5 stars NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • 22.50 MPG combined city/highway

This minivan is the same as the 2018 version, which was widely hailed as an upscale vehicle at a budget price, though the second and third rows aren’t incredibly comfortable. While the standard seating is for seven, an optional second-row bench on the LX trim outfits you right for eight but bumps the price up to about $30,000, about $3,000 more than the base L MSRP shown above. The brakes and acceleration are strong, though it only has nine-speed transmission. The minivan comes with a V6 engine, but you have the option for a plug-in hybrid ($39,995), though the hybrid version only seats seven.

2019 Toyota Sienna

  • MSRP $31,115
  • 4.4 by KBB experts; 4.3 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (3 reviews)
  • 5 stars NHTSA
  • 22 MPG combined city/highway

Offering all-wheel drive (the only 2019 minivan to do this, starting with the SE trim), the Toyota Sienna is totally versatile, so switch it up when you need to carry furniture, people or other stuff. However, you’ll need to upgrade from the base L to the SE in order to seat eight, upping the price by almost $3,000. It’s strong on safety and smartphone integration, and even added Alexa to its latest version. This has 296 horsepower and V6.

2019 Honda Odyssey

  • MSRP $30,190
  • 4.6 out of 5 by KBB experts; 3.9 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (31 reviews)
  • 5 stars NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • 22 MPG combined city/highway

Totally designed for a family, this has a huge list of safety features, and is comfortable for every family up to eight once you upgrade to the EX and higher, which adds about $4,000 to the base LX shown above. The Odyssey and the Pacifica even have a built-in vacuum (hello, toddlers!) at the upper trim levels. Beware, however, that this doesn’t have all-wheel drive (go for the Toyota Sienna in this case). It’s got a V6 engine, a 9-speed automatic transmission, nine gears and Magic Slide seats on the EX.

Ways to finance the best 8-passenger vehicle

There are many ways to finance your 8-passenger vehicle — you just need to find one that fits for your family. You could try your credit union, bank or online lenders. Before heading to the car lot, it’s important to compare offers so you don’t have to struggle with the car dealer’s offer, which may include a raise in your APR (often, they try to make a profit off your loan in addition to your car). Your first step is to compare auto loan rates, which could vary depending on your credit score and needs. A 36-month car loan can have an APR from 3.09%, while a 60-month loan may raise the APR to a starting point of 3.44%. At LendingTree, you could fill out an online form to receive up to five auto loan offers instantly. Finally, arrive at the dealership (whether it’s online or in person) with your preapproved auto loan, and you’ll be ready for your vehicle.

Methodology

To be included on this list of the best eight-passenger vehicles, SUVs and minivans had to receive at least three stars from KBB experts and consumers on Edmunds, ive stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and/or be a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, when available. MSRP and rates mentioned in this article are accurate as of the date of publishing.

 

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