When you were a teenager dreaming about cars, you're probably never dreamt about 7 passenger vehicles. Chances are, your dream car was some kind of high-performance sports car. But now, here you are with a big family and what you need is one of today’s 7 seater vehicles.
SUV or Minivan?
The first choice you'll have to make in 7 seater vehicles is whether to buy an SUV or a minivan. You can find both SUVs and minivans with 7 seats that can accommodate as many as 8 people. Which type you choose will probably depend a lot on who will be driving it and your lifestyle. The fact is, women often choose minivans while men are more into SUVs. Of course, if you camp, go off-road or live in an area with bad roads, an SUV would probably be a better choice - even if what you really wanted was a minivan.
7 Seater SUVs
Today, there is an array of 7 seater vehicles available as SUVs. The Chevrolet Suburban and its cousin the GMC Yukon have long been a favorite 7 seaters. They are both great for hauling around a bunch of kids and their friends and can be purchased with enough options to be pretty luxurious.
If you have an almost unlimited budget and want a combination of luxury and prestige, or you could choose a Cadillac Escalade ESV or the Mercedes-Benz R-Class, which is a crossover SUV/minivan. And if you'd prefer a straight Mercedes-Benz SUV, there is the GL-Class.
On the more affordable side, you could choose a Mazda CX–9 with its base sticker price of $30,180. It offers lots of room, is nicely designed and has a well-appointed interior. Alternately, there is the Hyundai Veracruz that is also considered to be a crossover vehicle and that has a base price of $29,250 and the very highly rated Dodge Durango with a base price of $33,340 for its LT model.
Another traditional favorite in the 7 seater SUV category is the Toyota 4Runner. It offers a wide range of equipment options and pricing and is a great off-road vehicle. The 4Runner has been around for many years and continues to be a good, solid, dependable choice for large families.
SUV Or Not SUV?
Two very highly rated vehicles you might or might not consider to be SUVs are the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander. The Pilot has a great safety rating and a base price of $29,280, while the Highlander’s base price is and even $29,000.
7 Seater Minivans
If your taste runs to minivans, it's hard to beat the Honda Odyssey. It ranks almost every year as a best buy due to its safety and reliability. Another good choice in the minivan category is the Toyota Sienna. It also ranks well every year for reliability, safety and fuel efficiency. The Chrysler Town & Country has long been a family favorite. The Kia Sedona is considered to be in the bargain basement of minivans with its base price of $25,700. However, it is said to offer lots of standard gear and will transport you in spacious comfort.
Now that you have a large family, you will just have to put away that dream of a red-hot sports car. But there are a number of 7 seater vehicles available and you should be able to find one that will not only accommodate your entire family but will make you feel good about driving it.