10 Best 7-Passenger SUVs

10 Best 7-Passenger SUVs at Germain Cars

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 2020 available in the United States, listed alphabetically.


Competitive Comparison

Vehicle MSRP Seating Capacity Cargo Volume (cubic feet) Max Towing Capacity (lbs)
2020 Audi Q7 $54,800 7 69.9 7,700
2020 BMW X7 $73,900 7 90.4 5,950
2020 Cadillac XT6 $52,695 7 78.7 4,000
2020 Ford Explorer $36,675 6 or 7 87.8 5,600
2020 Infiniti QX80 $66,750 8 95.1 8,500
2020 Lexus GX $53,000 7 or 8 64.7 6,500
2020 Honda Pilot $31,650 8 83.9 5,000
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS $75,200 7 84.7 7,700
2020 Toyota Sequoia $49,905 7 or 8 120.1 7,400
2020 Volkswagen Atlas $31,545 7 96.8 5,000

2020 Audi Q7

Featuring striking body lines and spacious seating for up to 7, the 2020 Audi Q7 offers a balanced combination of elegance and capability. Standard on the Q7 is the legendary Audi quattro® all-wheel drive system along with an optional turbocharged TFSI® V6 engine, which delivers an impressive 335 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 Bang and Olufsen® 3D Advanced Sound System with 23 speakers for an audiophile-grade experience. Awarded with a 2019 5-Star overall safety rating by the NHTSA, the Audi Q7 is a fantastic choice among 7-passenger SUVs.

Key Features

  • 7,700 lb towing capacity (when equipped with available package)
  • Available turbocharged TFSI® 335 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

2020 BMW X7

Divers searching for a third-row SUV that offers athletic driving dynamics and luxurious refinement need to experience the BMW X7 for themselves. Equipped with a standard power-folding third-row, other amenities found on the X7 include a four-corner air suspension, Dynamic Damper Control, BMW Live Cockpit Professional with navigation, and a stunning 12.3-inch digital display. The BMW X7 is available with your choice of a 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder and a potent 4.4-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo V8 engine. Available xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system gives X7 drivers the ultimate confidence when tackling harsh terrain or inclement weather conditions.

Inside the X7, drivers will be greeted with optional 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 X7 boasts second-row seats which split 40/20/40, folding away to create a maximum of 90.4 cubic feet of space.

Key Features

  • Engine choices – Turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six or a Twin-Turbo 4.4-liter V8
  • Standard panoramic glass sunroof spanning across the first and second rows
  • 12.3-inch instrument cluster screen and central touchscreen information display with BMW iDrive Controller
  • Four-corner air suspension
  • BMW Dynamic Damper Control with Comfort, Sport, and Eco Pro modes

2020 Cadillac XT6

The Cadillac XT6 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 slim all-LED signature headlamps for outstanding clarity and illumination.

Unmatched levels of refinement make the interior of the XT6 truly remarkable. Power-folding third row seats, a collection of premium materials, Tri-Zone Climate Control, and available ventilated front seats are only a handful of the impressive interior highlights. Standard power on the Cadillac XT6 comes in the form of a potent 3.6-liter V6 with an intelligent 9-speed automatic transmission. Available with an 4,000-lb towing capacity, Smart Tow Trailering System, and all-wheel drive — the Cadillac XT6 provides an ideal blend of luxury and capability.

Key Features

  • 3.6L V6 engine with 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Optional Comfort & Air Quality Package: heated second-row seats, In-vehicle air ionizer, ventilated front seats
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • UltraView® sunroof
  • Available Driver Assist Package: Adaptive Cruise Control-Advanced, Automatic Seat Belt Tightening, Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking and Reverse Automatic Braking

2020 Ford Explorer

To suit the needs of your growing family, the Ford Explorer remains a serious contender in the three-row SUV segment. The Explorer comes standard with a 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 or you can choose from an available 3.0L twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 or 3.3L Hybrid Powertrain. This robust power contributes to a 5,600-lb max towing capacity for the Explorer, allowing you to bring all of your gear along for the adventure. Seating for up to 7 passengers, massive 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 Explorer. SYNC 3 offers high-speed performance, enhanced voice recognition, a capacitive touchscreen with swipe capability, available navigation with easy destination entry, and pinch-to-zoom functionality. An available 360-degree camera with split-view display uses four cameras, enabling you to see all sides of the vehicle on the eight-inch color LCD screen. The Terrain Management System™ allows the driver to select from up to seven preset modes to optimize driving dynamics for road conditions. The Ford Explorer is an ideal choice for large families that are always on the move.

Key Features

  • Standard 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4, available 3.0L twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, or available 3.3L Hybrid Powertrain
  • 8-inch digital touch screen with SYNC® 3 and FordPass Connect™ Wi-Fi service
  • Available PowerFold® third-row seats and E-Z entry second-row seats
  • Ford Co-Pilot360™ suite of driver-assist technologies
  • Optional B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen

2020 Infiniti QX80

Beyond its full-size stature, the Infiniti QX80 expresses confidence in the clarity of its curves and sculpted body lines. Engineered to deliver greater power and increased fuel efficiency, 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
  • Bose® Cabin Surround® sound system with digital 5.1-decoding and 15 speakers
  • Available Infiniti All-Mode 4WD® with computer-controlled transfer case
  • Integrated Class IV tow hitch and 7-pin wiring harness with cover with 8,500 lbs of maximum towing capacity

2020 Lexus GX

Whether it’s an urban landscape or rugged terrain, the 2020 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

2020 Honda Pilot

The 2020 Honda Pilot offers a sleek profile and versatile design that boasts seating for up to 8 passengers with up to 83.9 cubic feet 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
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control system with humidity control and air filtration
  • Optional Blu-ray Rear Entertainment System with 115-volt power outlet and HDMI Interface
  • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

When it comes to being ready to face any challenge, providing unrivaled comfort, and keeping your family safe, the Mercedes-Benz GLS is engineered to exceed expectations. GLS offers your choice of either a 362-horsepower turbocharged inline six-cylinder or an available 483-horsepower biturbo V8 engine. 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 84.7 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 pf seats. The versatile interior of the GLS goes from seating seven adults to 84.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity in a matter of seconds.

Key Features

  • Standard 3.0L inline-6 turbo with EQ Boost or available 4.0L V8 biturbo engine with EQ Boost and 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Available 4MATIC fully variable all-wheel drive
  • Optional Multicontour front seats with massage
  • Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX)
  • Power-folding 50/50-split 3rd-row seats

2020 Toyota Sequoia

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)

2020 Volkswagen Atlas

From a short trip across town to a weekend getaway, the Volkswagen Atlas is ready for it all. 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.

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

Bonus Selection

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Perhaps the most versatile SUV in the Land Rover lineup, the current generation of the Range Rover Sport is engineered with dynamic performance capabilities to help enhance your drive. Drivers can choose from a 2.0L Plug-In Hybrid powertrain with 398 horsepower, a 3.0L Ingenium I6 producing either 355 or 395 horsepower, or a thrilling 5.0L Supercharged V8 with either 518 or 575 horsepower. Every component of the luxurious cabin is crafted to place the driver at the center of attention. Experience precision-crafted Semi-Aniline leather and 22-way memory front seats with massage functionality, twin 10-inch high definition touchscreens, and an intuitive steering wheel. There are six trim levels offered in the Range Rover Lineup. In a segment filled with imitators, the competition finds it challenging to match the comfort and athletic capabilities of the Range Rover Sport.

Key Features

  • Standard Touch Pro™ DUO infotainment system
  • Optional 22-way Heated and Cooled Front Memory Seats with Heated Rear Seats
  • Available Meridian™ Surround Sound System (825W) with 19 Speakers
  • Choice of 6-cylinder, 8-cylinder, or PHEV powertrains with AWD
  • Optional 360° Parking Aid with Rear View Camera