Incredible Rides for Big Families and Carpooling: 10 Vehicles That Can Seat 8 People

Vehicles That Seat 8 People

It could be that you have a large family, or maybe you drive for Uber, Lyft, or just want a car that can hold a lot of people or cargo. You’re not limited to a small school bus if you have a lot of people to haul around. Believe it or not, there are several vehicles on the market.

While you could use a car finder, below are some of the most popular eight-seater vans and SUVs listed, to help you pick a ride that will haul two small families or a lot of friends.

1. Chevrolet Tahoe

The Chevy Tahoe keeps its place as one of the highest-selling full-sized SUVs for several reasons. The 2019 Tahoe is both rugged and soft, with a substantial grille and body-on-frame construction, yet luxurious seats and modern infotainment tech.

The base engine for the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe is a 5.3-liter V8 that gets 15 miles per gallon city and 22 mpg highway. This year’s engine outputs 355 horsepower with 383 lb.-ft of torque. There are three trims for the 2019 Tahoe: the base LS starting at roughly $49,195, and the LT and Premier upgrades. The full curtain airbags and optional safety tech sensors make this a safe and reasonably priced vehicle that seat seven or eight people depending on the trim, with a third-row fold-down set of seats.

2. Ford Expedition

The 2019 Ford Expedition seats eight people comfortably and even has tri-zone climate control for a full load of passengers. It’s built on the SUV (not crossover) body frame that has the power of a truck. The Expedition has a towing capability of 9,3000 pounds and puts out 375 horsepower with 470 lb.-ft of torque.

Price mid-range—think $50,000 to $75,000 depending on options—the Expedition is a beast without a luxury price tag. This year’s Expedition gets 20 miles per gallon combined, which is not the most exceptional fuel economy, but still makes a decent option for those who have shorter commutes. Another bonus is the all-wheel drive (AWD) is optional, making this is a fantastic choice for large families in cold or rainy regions.

3. GMC Yukon

The 2019 GMC Yukon is another full-sized SUV that has a truck platform that can haul a lot. It’s towing capability is 8,500 pounds with a 5.5-liter V8. The Yukon puts out 355 horsepower along with 383 lb.-ft of torque and comes in three trim levels: SLE, SLT, and the Yukon Denali.

The 2019 Yukon seats either seven or eight passengers depending on the trim. It comes standard with a backup camera, fog lights, heated mirrors, a remote ignition along with infotainment technology such as USB ports, onboard Wi-Fi, and an 8-inch touchscreen. Starting around $50,000 the 2019 Yukon is another excellent option for a large SUV at a mid-range price.

4. Chevrolet Suburban

Seating seven to eight people depending on the trim, the Chevrolet Suburban made its name a while back and is now the longest-standing full-sized SUV to still be on the market in the U.S. If you’re thinking a long time is 15 years, 20 years, or even 30 years, think again. The Suburban first hit the market back in 1935 and has remained a competitor for 84 years thanks to restyling over time and a finger on the pulse of what this buying demographic needs.

The third row of seats folds down, although not flush to the floor, which is among the drawbacks. With a V8 engine that puts out 355 horsepower along with 383 lb.-ft of torque, it stands up against the GMC Yukon and Chevrolet’s other full-sized SUV, the Tahoe. Three trim levels are options: LS, the LT, and the Suburban Premier and base models start around $51,000.

5. Toyota Land Cruiser

Seating eight people, the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser is another full-sized SUV that has graced the market for a long time and is still going strong. This sturdy vehicle is known for reliability as well as a more luxury styling for the Toyota brand. The luxury comes at a price, as it starts at $86,310. Used car values for the Toyota Land Cruiser, of course, will be lower and are still a fantastic option.

With a V8 engine that puts out 381 horsepower with 401 lb.-ft of torque, this is an eight-seater vehicle that is made for those who need to tow a camper, a boat, or who might even do (very light) off-roading. The fuel economy is not ideal, at 13 mpg city and 18 mpg highway. However, if you need the towing capability, the room for eight, and don’t frequently have to travel far, the Land Cruiser is a reliable option.

6. Nissan NV

The Nissan NV will seat eight plus some—plus four to be exact, with a total capability of hauling 12 passengers. This full-sized van can be used as a cargo vehicle, offering full standing height with its high roof. However, it also makes an ideal passenger vehicle with a lower price tag than many full-sized vans. The NV comes with three trims and two roof heights and starts at only $30,735.

As an added bonus, the Nissan NV is assembled in Mississippi for those who want an American-built vehicle. The engine comes as eight a V6 or V8 with 261 horsepower and 375 hp, respectively. Even the base model comes with keyless entry, a seven-inch display, backup camera, power locks, and Bluetooth.

7. Honda Pilot

For a vehicle that seats either seven or eight people, the 2019 Honda Pilot is beautifully designed as well as safe. The safety and accident avoidance tech in this year’s model became standard. The Pilot is also quite reasonable in cost, with new car prices starting at $32,445.

The third row will actually seat adults, not just children, which is a significant bonus for those in need of an eight-person vehicle. The 3.5-liter V6 has 280 horsepower, which is enough for those who just want to drive around town or take some highway road trips with a lot of people.

8. Toyota Highlander

With a bold grille and a sleek body, the 2019 Toyota Highlander is one of the more pleasantly styled vehicles that seat 8. This crossover has a third row that is suitable for kids—a little tight for an adult—as well as an array of safety and accident avoidance technology. The Highlander is also full of USB ports, which will help quiet down those in the back who need a charging port on long trips.

The lower price point, which starts at $31,330 new, makes the Highlander an ideal option for families, in particular. There are also a whopping six trims to select from, starting with a 2.7-liter engine that provides 185 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft of torque.

9. Cadillac Escalade ESV

Those looking for a higher-end vehicle that can seat up to eight people should add the 2019 Cadillac Escalade ESV to their list of options. The classic, elegant styling of the Escalade returned for this year’s model, along with luxury. The ESV boasts a longer wheelbase and added seating along with a V8 outputting 420 horsepower along with 460 lb.-ft of torque.

The Escalade ESV comes in four trim levels: the base model, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and the ESV Platinum. It has adaptive suspension, power folding mirrors, keyless start, a self-parking system, automatic wipers, hands-free liftgate, side-assist steps, tri-zone climate control for all the passengers, and parking sensors all coming standard. The Escalade ESV base model starts at $79,490.

10. Toyota Sienna

If you’re looking for an eight-passenger vehicle, it’s smart to keep minivans in the list of options. For those who need to room but don’t necessarily need an SUV, the 2019 Toyota Sienna is worth checking out. The Sienna is the longest-standing minivan still in the U.S. market and is known for its reliability. The Sienna also has the option of all-wheel drive—something not seen in many other vans.

This year the Sienna go smartphone integration, and even the base model of three trims gets three-zone climate control, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning, automatic headlights, a rearview camera, steering assist, and adaptive cruise control. Its 3.5-liter V6 engine has 296 horsepower, 263 lb.-ft of torque, and gets 19 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined.

The base model Toyota Sienna starts at $31,115.

Eight Passenger Vehicles

When you go out to look for a vehicle that can carry a lot of people, keep a few things in mind. Will the third-row seat adults comfortably, or just smaller kids? Will it be safe, even for those in the back? Does it have tri-zone climate control? It’s also worth considering the safety ratings not just for insurance purposes, but for the wellbeing of all those passengers. It’s also smart to run a VIN history check before closing the deal on any new eight-seater vehicle, whether it’s a van or SUV.

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