Like them or not, there’s no denying that SUVs are the most popular vehicle segment in the automotive world right now. Yes, we still love performance sedans, coupes and hot hatches, but the big boys have been wearing the day for the past ten years. Every year the market gets brand new members. The Audi Q4, e-Tron, BMW iX, Kia EV6, Lexus NX and more are the latest entries in the 2022 SUV to chat.
So why are SUVs so loved? They offer convenience, prestige, safety, more features than sedans, and acres of space in the cabin and cargo area. Although they are more expensive than their sedan stable mates, they offer a better value ratio. And they come in many sizes to fit your needs. Do you have a small family of three? Get a compact crossover. Need a vehicle with the functionality of a minivan and the competence of an all-terrain vehicle? No problem. The market has many eight-seat SUVs to choose from. Here are the best eight-seat SUVs to commute to your kid’s next birthday party.
10 Chevrolet Traverse
Chevy introduced the Traverse in 2017 with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 310 horsepower. It is the best representation of the practicality of a minibus in a mid-sized SUV body. It is one of the best car-style crossovers with seating for eight and 23 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats up. Drop down two back rows and you’ll have about 98.2 cubic feet to fit a ton of essentials for your home.
In the standard front-wheel drive configuration, the Traverse delivers a fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. It can pull 5,000 pounds and the price starts at $33,700 before options.
9 Toyota Highlander
The Toyota Highlander deserves more credit for being a capable, beautiful SUV with smooth ride and power through rough terrain. These are the main features of a good family SUV, but unfortunately its more robust brothers, the 4Runner and RAV, draw all the attention. What these two don’t have is the ability to fit eight occupants.
Yet it has remained leading retail mid-sized SUV six years in a row. While the third row previously felt cramped for adult occupants, Toyota will make it better for the 2023 model year with a longer and improved Grand Highlander, which you can order with an AWD hybrid model.
8 Kia Telluride
The Kia Telluride is one of the best mid-sized SUVs on the US market. Many like the robust design, spacious cabin and the ability to carry eight passengers in the LX and EX versions. All three rows get plenty of leg and headroom for mature adults.
You also get plenty of impressive standard features in the base model, which comes with eight seats and starts at $33,390, which is great value for money. A new tow mode increases towing capacity to 5,500 pounds. But it’s not the most efficient vehicle on this list, with a combined EPA rating of 21 mpg.
7 Hyundai Palisade
The Palisade is the Korean twin brother of the Kia Telluride. Although they are different animals, they share many fundamentals, from the platform to the 291 horsepower V6 engine that sends power to all four wheels. While we’ve seen many three-row Hyundai SUVs, the Palisade is the first to have a real scream for a segment leader.
Hyundai offers the Palisade in four trim levels, but only the basic SE trim offers an 8-passenger configuration. Consumers recommend this eight-seat vehicle due to its all-round capabilities.
6 Chevrolet Suburban
The Suburban was Chevy’s oldest model, debuting in 1935. And, as the name implies, they built the vehicle to carry suburban families and their cargo. The latest model received a major upgrade for 2021 and retains a rich selection of punchy powertrains, including the 5.3-litre and 6.2-litre V8s. Used examples of this model are some of the most powerful cars you can buy for cheap on eBay.
It comes standard with eight seats, but with options for seven and nine passengers. The third row has 36.7 inches of legroom, enough for an adult to sit comfortably.
5 Honda Pilot
Looks can be deceiving, and behind the unassuming appearance of the Honda Pilot is an SUV that can sprint to 100 km/h in just 6 seconds. It also gives you plenty of carrying capacity with seating for eight, all without breaking the bank, with a starting price of $38,080.
Honda’s reliability is a plus. The cabin is also awash with excellent standard features, such as Honda’s Sensing suite, which offers next-generation safety technology as standard. The cockpit is beautiful and purposeful. You also get a whopping 16 cup holders around the cabin.
4 GMC Yukon
Like its Chevy Tahoe twins, the GMC Yukon comes in a huge package, making it a family-friendly vehicle. The cabin offers enormous space, with seating for eight in all versions except for the Denali topper.
It has muscular styling, powerful engine options and impressive interior technology. With a total cargo space of 144.7 cubic feet, the Yukon can carry as much gear as a family needs. The ride is quite smooth and the Yukon is also great for off-road use.
3 Toyota Sequoia
Since 2001, Toyota has offered the Sequoia as a full-size three-row SUV built on the Toyota Tundra platform. The same goes for the latest redesign, which offers a good option if you’re looking for a large SUV. It offers a spirited, refined V6 hybrid powertrain, a relaxed, cushioned ride, plenty of standard safety features and a bold and handsome interior. The third row can seat eight people, although the rear seats are less accommodating and more suitable for children.
Also, the Sequoia is a towing beast that can tow up to 9,520 pounds, which is better than most SUVs except the Jeep Wagoneer, and can comfortably tow boats or RVs.
2 Cadillac Escalade
Many cars on this list try to balance economy and luxury. The Cadillac is another breed that spares no expense when it comes to luxury. Passengers can enjoy a lavish experience from the premium cabin, deluxe seat and spacious interior. From &79,795 before options, the eight-seat SUV can easily act as your limousine alternative.
The third row offers 34.9 inches of legroom, making it one of the most spacious in its class. Also, there is ample cargo space with 121 cubic feet and can be expanded to 142.8 cubic feet in the elongated Escalade Stretch Vehicle Version.
1 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
Jeep brought back the Wagoneer nameplate for its fourth generation after a three-decade hiatus, and it’s devoid of Jeep badges. It is a subtle attempt by Jeep and Stellantis to differentiate the Wagoneer brand as a premium extension of the Jeep brand. They want you to differentiate it from its smaller siblings like the Grand Cherokee.
The move is justified, as the eight-seat SUV looks expensive on the outside and interior, with a premium sheen. The ride comfort is sublime and the cabin technology is on top of that. A spirited V8 engine with mild-hybrid assistance does the propulsion work. The interior is also huge and has more cargo space in the L-trim than the Escalade ESV.