10 Best 7-Passenger SUVs

10 Best 7-Passenger SUVs

Modern 7-passenger SUVs deliver an excellent blend of robust towing capability, powerful performance, comfortable and spacious interiors, and innovative technology. Offering much more than brute strength and generous size, these impressive vehicles give drivers the ability to bring more passengers and more cargo along to their favorite destinations. Perfect for families or those with active lifestyles, we present the Top 10 Best 7-Passenger SUVs for 2017. (Listed alphabetically to prevent arguments).

2017 Audi Q7

Following a complete redesign, the 2017 Audi Q7 returns with striking body lines and three-row seating for up to seven. Standard on the Q7 is the legendary Audi quattro® all-wheel drive system along with an optional supercharged TFSI® V6 engine, which delivers an impressive 333 horsepower. When equipped, the Q7 is able to tow up to 7,700 lbs and maneuverability is effortless thanks to the optional Top View Parking Camera System. Safety remains a top priority, with available collision avoidance assist technologies and Audi pre sense® city with pedestrian detection. Easily navigate stop-and-go traffic with available traffic jam assist. Hear your favorite music like never before with the optional BOSE® 3D Sound System with 19 speakers for an audiophile-grade experience. Named a 2017 Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, the 2017 Audi Q7 is a fantastic choice among 7-passenger SUVs.

Key Features

  • 7,700 lb towing capacity (when equipped with available package)
  • Available supercharged TFSI® 333 horsepower V6 engine
  • Audi connect® with six-month trial subscription
  • Power split folding 50/50 third-row seatbacks with electric fold and return function
    Optional Top View Parking Camera System

2017 Cadillac Escalade

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade was engineered to defy expectations of what an SUV can do, through an elegantly crafted balance of technology, sophistication, and functionality. Dramatic exterior body lines are complemented by a stylishly bold grille framed by all-LED signature headlamps that feature five crystals, fully stacked.

Unmatched levels of refinement make the interior of the Escalade truly remarkable. Acoustic front glass, Bose Active Noise Cancellation, Tri-Zone Climate Control, and available multi-directional massaging front seats are only a handful of the impressive interior highlights. Standard power on the Cadillac Escalade is a class-leading 6.2L 420 horsepower V8 with an intelligent 8-speed automatic transmission. Available with an 8,300 lb towing capacity, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, Stabilitrak traction control, and 4-Wheel Drive, the 2017 Cadillac Escalade provides an ideal blend of luxury and capability.

Key Features

  • 6.2L V8 Engine 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque with Active Fuel Management
  • Standard Trailering Package with an 8,300 lb towing capacity
  • Cadillac CUE® (Cadillac User Experience) Information and media control system with 8″ full-color diagonal LCD display
  • Optional Power-Retractable Assist Steps with LED ground illumination
  • Available 22″ dual 7-spoke aluminum wheels with Ultrabright finish and premium paint accents

2017 Ford Expedition

The 2017 Ford Expedition remains a serious contender in the full-size SUV market. The Expedition comes standard with a 3.5L EcoBoost® twin-turbocharged V6 engine producing 365 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. This robust power contributes to the best-in-class 9,200 lb max towing capacity for the Expedition, allowing you to bring all of your gear along for the adventure. Seating for up to 8 passengers, best-in-class third-row legroom, along with heated and cooled front passenger seats are only a few highlights of the impressive interior.

SYNC® 3 infotainment is optional on the Expedition. SYNC AppLink.™, Siri® and iPhone® seamless integration, and Voice-Activated Navigation can each be controlled individually with the push of a button. Safety remains a top priority on Ford Expedition. Standard on every Expedition is AdvanceTrac® with RSC® stability control, designed to provide ideal traction in every driving scenario. BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert helps keep drivers aware of things outside of their vision. Ford Expedition is the perfect vehicle for large families that are always on the move. In fact, Ford Expedition was chosen as the #1 Best Large SUV for the Money by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

Key Features

  • Standard 3.5L EcoBoost® twin-turbocharged V6 engine 365 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Standard AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™)
  • 2nd-row – 40/20/40 split-fold seat with CenterSlide®
  • Available Control Trac® 4-Wheel-Drive (4WD) System (includes Hill Descent Control™)
  • Standard SYNC® Voice Recognition Communications and Entertainment System

2017 BMW X5

Divers searching for a third-row SUV that offers athletic driving dynamics and luxurious refinement need to experience the 2017 BMW X5 for themselves. When equipped with an optional third-row, standard amenities found on the X5 include adaptive xenon headlights, panoramic sunroof, 19-inch alloy wheels, along with front and rear parking sensors. The BMW X5 is available in a variety of engine variants including a 3.0 inline TwinPower Turbo 6 cylinder, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder plug-in hybrid, 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder turbo diesel, and a 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V-8. Available Dynamic Performance Control and xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system give X5 drivers the ultimate confidence when tackling harsh terrain or inclement weather conditions.

Inside the X5, drivers will be greeted with optional 20-way multi-contour leather seats that conform to your body with nearly limitless positioning options. The Surround View parking system gives you a bird’s-eye perspective of the area behind and on either side of your vehicle. Optional WiFi Hotspot connectivity and wireless charging will keep all of your passengers connected and content. The X5 boasts rear seats which split 40/20/40, folding away to convert 35.8 cubic feet of trunk space into a full 76.7 cubic feet.

Key Features

  • Standard 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder, 24-valve, 300 horsepower engine
  • Panoramic moonroof with fully automatic, 2-piece glass panel
  • BMW Navigation system with 10.2″ high-resolution screen
  • Optional Harman Kardon® 16-Speaker Surround Sound Audio System
  • Xenon Adaptive Headlights with dynamic auto-leveling, Corona headlight-rings and Cornering Lights

2017 Infiniti QX80

With more than just its full-size stature, the QX80 expresses confidence in the clarity of its curves and the sculpting of its body lines. Engineered to be both more powerful and more fuel efficient, the standard 5.6-liter V8 produces a massive 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque and has the capability to tow up to 8,500 lbs. A dedicated Tow Mode transmission setting and Rear Auto-Leveling Suspension help make it possible to bring all of your gear along for any adventure. Luxurious interior appointments available on the Infiniti QX60 include semi-aniline leather seating surfaces with silver contrast and piping, power 60/40-split fold-flat and reclining third-row seats, Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control system, and rain-sensing variable intermittent front windshield wipers.

QX80 has a host of innovative technologies designed to make driving safer. For example, the Adaptive Front lighting System helps improve visibility at intersections and around curves by sensing your steering and turning the headlights. The Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection makes it easier to see and maneuver in even the tightest spaces. Seat eight passengers in complete comfort as you head out for your next journey in the remarkable Infiniti QX80.

Key Features

  • 5.6-liter 32-valve V8 engine producing 400 horsepower and 413 lb ft of torque
  • Power 60/40-split fold-flat and reclining third-row seats
  • Available Infiniti All-Mode 4WD® with computer-controlled transfer case
  • Bose® Cabin Surround® sound system with digital 5.1-decoding and 15 speakers
  • Integrated Class IV tow hitch and 7-pin wiring harness with cover with 8,500 lbs of maximum towing capacity


2017 Lexus GX

Whether it’s an urban landscape or rugged terrain, the 2017 Lexus GX takes you there in lavish comfort and style. Built for adventure, the GX features a 4.6-liter V8 engine that delivers 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque. Tow up to 6,500 lbs with complete confidence thanks to the Trailer Sway Control system which helps detect and reduce excessive trailer movement. Relax in the serene interior of the Lexus GX, which offers 10-way power-adjustable front seats, three-zone climate control, and optional power flat-folding third-row seats.

Available Lexus Enform offers unrivaled connectivity through an integrated smartphone app with remote functions, vehicle service monitoring, along with push-button roadside assistance. With seating for up to seven passengers, GX offers crowd-pleasing amenities including the available dual-screen Rear-Seat Entertainment System and Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System. Stand out from the crowd with the all-new Sport Design Package, which features unique 18-inch Gunmetal Metallic alloy wheels, chiseled front fascia, and darker rear taillamp housings.

Key Features

  • 4.6 liter V8 engine with 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque. 6,500 lb max towing capacity.
  • Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect and Remote app, complimentary 1 year subscription
  • Available power-reclining and fold-flat third-row seats, second-row captain’s chairs
  • Optional Dual-screen DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System (RSES)
  • Adaptive Variable Suspension / Auto-leveling rear air suspension

2017 Honda Pilot

The 2017 Honda Pilot offers a sleek profile and versatile design that boasts seating for up to 8 passengers with up to 190 cubic inches of cargo capacity. Available intelligent Variable Torque Management AWD paired to the standard 280 horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V-6 engine makes it easy to discover new adventures in the Honda Pilot. When properly equipped, Pilot is able to tow up to 5,000 lbs. The handy Dual-Position Reversible Cargo Lid provides space for taller items or flip it over to keep the carpeted side clean when carrying wet or dirty cargo.

Rear-seat passengers can watch the miles fly by through the optional Panoramic Roof or enjoy
high-definition entertainment via the available Blu-ray Rear Entertainment System. Access to the third row is convenient, with easy-to-reach one-touch buttons. Available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration gives drivers access to a wealth of information ranging from Google Maps to several other popular apps. Honda Pilot continues to be a favorite among the 7-passenger SUV segment.

Key Features

  • Standard 280 horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V6 engine with direct injection
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines
  • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic
  • Optional Blu-ray Rear Entertainment System with 115-volt power outlet and HDMI Interface
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control system with humidity control and air filtration

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS

When it comes to being ready to face any challenge, providing unrivaled comfort, and keeping your family safe, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS is engineered to exceed expectations. GLS offers a plethora of engines including the V6 turbo diesel, gasoline V6 and V8 biturbo, or the handcrafted AMG V8 biturbo. Efficient 4matic® all-wheel drive provides precise traction during harsh weather conditions. Optional self-leveling height-adjustable AIRMATIC® air suspension provides a comfortable ride for all passengers, while also working in tandem with Trailer Stability Assist to help minimize trailer sway while towing.

Standard on Mercedes-Benz GLS are a power liftgate, power-folding third row, and 60/40-split second row which can accommodate up to 93.8 cubic feet of cargo. GLS offers outstanding connectivity with available Mercedes me with smartphone app, Remote Start, and in-car Internet. Unwind after a long day with optional heated, ventilated and massaging front seats. Third row access is effortless thanks to the split-fold/reclining second row and third row
EASY-ENTRY. The versatile interior of the GLS goes from seating seven adults to 93.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity in a matter of seconds.

Key Features

  • 3.0L V6 biturbo w/ Direct Injection with 362 horsepower and 369 lb ft of torque (GLS 450)
  • Optional harman/kardon LOGIC7® sound system and Smartphone Integration with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto
  • Standard Adaptive braking technology: Predictive Brake Priming, Automatic Brake Drying, and Hill-Start Assist
  • Available trailer hitch and Parking Pilot with Parking Assist
  • Standard 60/40 split second row seats with manual EASY-ENTRY®, Power-folding 50/50 -split 3rd-row seats

2017 Toyota Sequoia

The commanding 2017 Toyota Sequoia can haul the whole crew AND your cargo to your next adventure with hefty V8 power and versatile seating for eight passengers. Sequoia rides on a fully boxed frame for unmatched strength and durability, along with an available 381 horsepower 5.7L V8 with up to 7,400 lbs of towing capacity. Available Trailer-Sway Control (TSC) is engineered to apply brake pressure at individual wheels and manage engine torque to help the driver keep control of the trailer. A massive 120.1 cubic feet of cargo storage means that Sequoia is ready for your next camping trip or beach vacation.

Toyota Sequoia Platinum offers a range of features sure to be appreciated by even the youngest passengers. Front passengers can relax in the available heated/ventilated seats while those in the back seat can enjoy the standard rear-seat Blu-ray Disc™ player. The available new Entune™ Premium Audio system with Integrated Navigation and App Suite gives drivers a fully connected multimedia experience. An available power liftgate and power reclining and
fold-flat third-row seat makes settling in for the long-haul a breeze. No matter your destination, Toyota Sequoia gets the job done and helps you live the lifestyle you love with room to spare.
Key Features

  • Standard 5.7-Liter i-FORCE V8 DOHC engine with 381 horsepower / 401 lb ft of torque, maximum towing capacity of 7,400 lbs
  • Optional Entune™ Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite
  • Available leather-trimmed power 60/40 split, reclining, fold-flat third-row seat with
    folding headrests
  • Optional Rear-seat Blu-ray Disc™ player with 9 inch display, two wireless headphones
  • Standard Star Safety System™ — includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology® (SST)

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Making its debut for 2018 is the all-new seven-passenger Volkswagen Atlas. An available 3.6L V6 FSI® engine produces 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, more than enough to take you anywhere without breaking a sweat. Available 4MOTION® all-wheel drive with Driving Mode Selection gives Atlas drivers the ability to switch between four different modes with the turn of a dial. When equipped, Atlas boasts a robust 5,000 lb towing capacity for bringing even your largest toys along for the journey. Drive in complete confidence knowing you’re backed by America’s Best SUV Bumper-to-Bumper Transferrable Warranty*, with coverage for 6 years or 72,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Volkswagen Atlas was designed for large families on-the-go and offers a wide array of helpful features. Kick your foot under the rear bumper of the Atlas to open the Hands-free Easy Open power liftgate to reveal a cavernous 96.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. An available Rearview Camera System makes parking effortless and Altas drivers can warm up their vehicles on chilly winter morning with the remote start system. VW Car-Net App-Connect lets you link your compatible smartphone with Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, or MirrorLink® to use select apps on the touchscreen display of the Atlas.

Key Features

  • Available 3.6L, 24-valve DOHC, narrow-angle V6 with FSI® direct fuel injection; 276 hp, 266 lb-ft of torque
  • Optional Climatronic® 3-zone automatic climate control with air vents for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd rows
  • Available Volkswagen Car-Net Guide & Inform with 4-year SiriusXM® Traffic subscription and 3-month SiriusXM Travel Link® trial subscription
  • Available 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive system with Driving Mode selection
  • 60/40-split folding 2nd row with 3rd-row easy entry and 50/50-split folding 3rd row

Competitive Comparison

Vehicle MSRP Seating Capacity Cargo Volume (cubic feet) Max Towing Capacity (lbs)
2018 Audi Q7 $49,900 7 71.6 7,700
2017 Cadillac Escalade $73,395 8 94.2
120.9 (ESV)
8,300 (2WD)
8,100 (ESV 2WD)
2017 Ford Expedition $47,125 8 108.3
130.8 (EL)
9,200
2017 BMW X5 (with optional third row) $56,600 7 76.7 5,952
2017 Infiniti QX80 $63,850 8 95.1 8,500
2017 Lexus GX $51,680 7 64.7 6,500
2017 Honda Pilot $30,745 8 83.9 5,000
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS $69,550 7 93.8 7,500
2017 Toyota Sequoia $45,560 8 120.1 7,400
2018 Volkswagen Atlas $30,500 7 96.8 5,000

*MY2018 Atlas 6 years/72,000 miles (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Based on manufacturers’ published data on transferable Bumper-to-bumper/Basic warranty only. Not based on other separate warranties. See owner’s literature or dealer for warranty limitations.