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A complete list of the best seven passenger vehicles for sale in 2013.
|Ford Flex||21MPG||From $30,885||82/100|
|Honda Odyssey||22MPG||From $28,375||81/100|
|Acura MDX||18MPG||From $39,994||81/100|
|Lincoln MKT||21MPG||From $45,285||80/100|
|Buick Enclave||20MPG||From $36,350||80/100|
|Mazda CX-9||20MPG||From $29,725||79/100|
|Toyota Highlander Hybrid||28MPG||From $38,715||79/100|
|Chrysler Town & Country||20MPG||From $23,415||77/100|
|Cadillac Escalade||16MPG||From $54,670||77/100|
|Toyota Highlander||22MPG||From $28,240||77/100|
|Toyota Sienna||21MPG||From $25,060||77/100|
|Nissan Quest||21MPG||From $25,990||75/100|
|Mercedes-Benz GL-Class||15MPG||From $61,570||75/100|
|Infiniti QX56||17MPG||From $59,200||75/100|
|Dodge Grand Caravan||21MPG||From $21,880||75/100|
|Subaru Tribeca||18MPG||From $30,600||74/100|
|Kia Sedona/Carnival||21MPG||From $24,900||74/100|
|Lincoln Navigator||17MPG||From $57,775||74/100|
|Lexus GX||17MPG||From $53,245||73/100|
|Volkswagen Routan||21MPG||From $27,020||72/100|
|Ford Explorer||21MPG||From $28,360||72/100|
|Dodge Durango||19MPG||From $21,915||72/100|
|Nissan Pathfinder||18MPG||From $29,290||64/100|
Ford Flex is the winner here, with a respectable 82.3 Motorscore, large cargo space and divine EcoBoost acceleration. It hauls seven people in what one reviewer cutely called “Mom’s taxi” while also hauling everything from groceries to golf clubs in 21st century style. Ford Flex is notable for its SYNC infotainment system which touts three integrated screens—there are two 10.67 cm (4.2”) screens in the instrument cluster and a 20 cm (8”) screen in the center stack that supports this as well as the MyFord Touch system. Moreover, this baby’s got staying power in the kinds of volatile weather systems for which the U.S. has lately become famous.
Another winner in this category, the Buick Enclave, has secured a solid 79.8 for its smooth ride, ample room for both cargo and passengers, and classy style. While some reviewers gripe that this is a lumbering vehicle that’s difficult to maneuver and fuel economy’s poor, overall Enclave is more lauded that not. Considered one of the best-looking crossovers on the market, it’s also notable for its front facelift, which includes xenon headlamps encircled by translucent blue rings.
Lincoln’s MKT also ranks poorly for fuel consumption but is an overall standout. Reviewers like its seating comfort, quiet and spacious cabin, powerful V6 EcoBoost engine and high-tech gadgets. Sporting adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and automatic parking round out just a smidge of the luxuries this car exudes. With an EcoBoost blast of torque, you’ll be well on your way to the next misadventure or PTA meeting. It’s a car for moms, dads, prom queens and rogue governors alike.
Not to be outdone, the Mazda CX-9 proves why the brand is growing more and more ubiquitous on American roads. From its sporty performance and spacious cabin to the stylish interior, it’s a really nice ride. Yes, fuel economy bites—at 17 mpg city and 24 highway—but this family wagon is well-mannered on the road, boasts a strong V6 engine and is safe enough for even your 16-year-old to drive.
When you talk about practicality and cargo space, 7 passenger vehicles are the obvious choice. The great thing about 7 seater cars is that they can perform multiple jobs at a time. You can carry large number of people, haul huge cargo loads and still go with something luxurious or sporty. 7 passenger cars also make sense when you have a family and ride comfort & cabin space is your first priority. 7 seat SUV cars are specifically built for people who like travelling and want something sturdy and durable. Another important factor is mileage. Latest SUVs have improved greatly in this department. Not only do they give great mileage, their engines are tweaked to provide torque along with negligible CO2 emissions. Hybrid SUVs are also gaining popularity owing to their great mileage. Listed below are a few of the best 7 passenger vehicles available in the market today:
Dodge Durango is the name of brute power and performance. This 7 passenger SUV has gained popularity due to its good performance. The car comes with a 360 hp V8 engine which is really impressive if you compare it to the engines Dodge’s competitive have to offer. The engine provides a towing capacity of 7,400 lbs. If you want to go with a lesser of a beast engine, then the V6 would be a good option for you. Along with power comes a good mileage. The V6 is a safer bet for people looking for good mileage. The V6 has the capability of doing 500 miles to a full tank. Keeping this in view, the Dodge Durango has been made for long distance travel. Some of its features include trailer-sway control, fog lights, airbags and the optional cruise control. Forward collision detection, cross-path and blind spot monitoring can also be opted for, as these features have been kept as add-ons. The interior of the Durango is a good place to be. You also get substantial amount of cargo space. The third row seats fold nicely to provide additional space if you want to travel with large luggage and limited people. Climate control is quite user friendly and effective and the navigation isn’t like the one you use to get on the Apollo 17! It’s quite simple to use. The selling point of this model is its powerful engine and the fact that it is a family oriented 7 passenger crossover.
The Audi badge is a name of luxury and this car doesn’t let you down if you’re looking for a luxury 7 seater SUV. The drive of the Audi is nimble yet quiet. The suspension has been designed brilliantly; you can’t differentiate between speeds of 120 KPH or 30 KPH. The comes with its very special electronic stability program which prevents the vehicle to roll under collision circumstances. Car safety testing by the NHTSA has always made car manufacturers very nervous and often we see exceptional cars getting exceptionally bad ratings. This is not the case with the Audi as it gets a rare 5/5 by the NHTSA for impact safety (Front and side). The interior is luxurious as expected by the Audi. You get touch screens, electronically controlled interior and fully adjustable seats. In essence, the Q7 combines sturdy looks with luxury to come up with one of the best 7 passenger SUV of 2012.
On the contrary, Kia hasn’t flexed much muscle in the luxury department. What you get with the Kia is economy is silent elegance. The car has a V6 engine which does 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The engine also generates 3000 pounds of towing capacity so it will let you down if you try to tow something out of the Kia’s league. The Kia is priced at $28,000 which is a good bargain for an elegant 7 passenger vehicle. Being a compact utility car, the Kia has an impressive safety rating. So you may think that the manufacture has had some budget cuts in the safety department but this isn’t the case with the Kia. There isn’t much to say about the interior as you get the basic plastic interior most economy cars carry. However, the fun factor hasn’t been compromised. You still get a pretty impressive stereo and a double sunroof which will make your long drives worthwhile.
Toyota Highlander has matured in durability and ruggedness over the years. The highlander is one of the 7 passenger vehicles that ensure rugged looks along with versatility. The base model comes equipped with a 2.7-litre engine which will muster up to 187 hp. The transmission is 6-speed auto, particularly muted with progressive shift mechanism. Mileage has been clocked at 20 mpg for the city while 25 mpg for the highway. Toyota Highlander comes equipped with multiple airbags, and for further safety, braking and handling of the car has been re-tweaked. The third row seats are foldable which gives you the option of stuffing in additional luggage for long travels. Dashboard is pretty much standard with the touch navigation system.
The Volve XC 90 is priced at $38,000 which makes it one of the pricy 7 passenger vehicles. But this price badge comes along with a lot of pampering! For instance, you get a powerful 3.2 liter, V8 engine which gives the car exception 0 – 60 mph time of 7.6 seconds. This acceleration and speed doesn’t compromise the safety of the car in any way as the SUV is NHTSA tested and approved with great ratings. The Volve comes with 19 inch alloy rims and a sports tuned suspension and steering for better performance. This sacrifices for ride comfort but there are multiple suspension settings available from which you can choose from. Interior is covered with white leather and gadgets like climate control & a pop up navigation system justifies the steep price you pay for the Volvo. There is plenty of cargo space as well since the third row seats fold nicely into oblivion to reveal additional cargo space. Overall, the Volvo delivers what it charges for!
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