7 Passenger Vehicles

7 Passenger Vehicles To Suit Your Lifestyle

Deciding upon an efficient and functional family car amid the sea of 7 passenger vehicles on the market can be intimidating. You might wonder which cars have the best fuel economy, which have the roomiest interiors, and which have the highest tow capacity. The following list of 7 passenger vehicles may help you to determine which automobile will best suit your needs.

7 Passenger Vehicles with Great Fuel Economy

7 Passenger Vehicles - Toyota RAV 4

The two best 7 passenger vehicles for fuel economy come from Toyota. The Rav4 is the winner of regular engine economy, scoring 22city/28 highway miles per gallon. As far as 7 passenger hybrid vehicles are concerned, however, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid achieves an impressive 28 miles per gallon for both city and highway estimates. The regular Highlander SE gets a respectable 20/25 MPGs. It is a larger vehicle than the Rav4, so, with the slightly decreased fuel economy, you get much more interior room. Other crossover vehicles that get more than 20 miles per gallon on the highway and have seating for up to 7 include the Mazda CX-9 and the Ford Flex.

7 Passenger Vehicles - Toyota Highlander

Spacious Interiors

7 Passenger Vehicles - Lincoln MKT

If you are looking for 7 passenger vehicles with great interior room and luxury, check out the Lincoln MKT. It seats 7 comfortably in beautiful leather heated seats. Pricing starts around $44,000, so it is not a vehicle for everyone. If you can afford one, however, it is packed with standard features, and has impressive interior leg and head room, even in the third row. The CX-9 from Mazda also has impressive space, for even large adults. The 3rd row is spacious enough, not just for kids, but also for adults. The Toyota Rav4 falls flat on interior room, due to its much smaller dimensions than competitors. The Highlander also has decent room, although it has less leg room than other 7 passenger cars, like the MKT and CX-9.

7 Passenger Vehicles with Muscle

7 Passenger Vehicles - Mazda CX-9

If you have a boat or other large object to tow with your family crossover, you will need a vehicle with some muscle under the hood. If you will need to do substantial towing, the Toyota 4Runner is the best choice, with a tow capacity of 5,000 pounds. For luxury and heavy duty performance, the Lincoln MKT has a 4,500 lb. limit. The Ford Flex also has a 4,500 lb. towing capacity. The Mazda CX-9 has a much lower 3,500 pound limit. The Toyota Highlander has a 5,000 lb or 3,500 lb capacity depending upon the package you select. The little Rav4 has an equally small towing capacity, at 1,500 lbs. This is sufficient to haul a couple of jet skis or other small recreational vehicles.

Making Decisions

It is difficult to pinpoint a clear favorite 7 passenger vehicle because there is so much flexibility in how the vehicle will be used. If you want an affordable vehicle that gets good gas mileage, but will accommodate that fourth child who does not fit in your sedan, a Rav4 is the best option. For those who want a vehicle to fit the family as well as haul the boat to weekends at the lake, a 4Runner or Highlander would be a good fit. If you would like something roomier than a Rav4, but you do not need the tow capacities of larger crossovers, a Mazda CX-9 may be suitable.

Choosing a new family vehicle is an exciting experience. Narrow down your favorites by economy and functionality. Then test drive the stand-outs to help reach a decision. 7 passenger vehicles are designed to fit the needs of growing active families, so be sure that your new purchase will complement your family’s lifestyle.

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Image Source Toyota Rav4 By IFCAR (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Image Source Toyota Highlander By Bull-Doser (Own work.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Image Source Lincoln MKT By IFCAR (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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