As you can imagine, nine-passenger vehicles are used when it is necessary to transport large numbers of people. Although the average number of family members has been slowly decreasing in the last 50 years, large families still need large vehicles. Even if a family doesn't directly have nine people in it, as families expand and there start to be grandchildren, nieces, and nephews around, the numbers start to add up.
These vehicles also aren’t limited to only transporting families around. They can be used by all sorts of different people or groups that just need more space. Maybe a group of workers needs to go from one place to another, or a small sports team traveling to a game. Or perhaps a group of friends that like to travel together. The possibilities with such large vehicles are endless, so let’s look at five of the best 9-passenger vehicles on the market.
Chevy’s flagship SUV, the Suburban, is one of the most popular options for those looking for a 9-passenger vehicle. Since 1933, the Suburban has been a cornerstone of the American automotive industry. These days, you’ll be looking at around the $50,000 mark to purchase a brand new Suburban, but the used car market is full of them!
Although the Suburban comes standard with eight seats, adding the additional middle seat to the front row is a simple option that puts it right at the top as one of the best choices. With the Suburban, you also get the ability to lower the middle and rear seats down flat, giving owners an incredible amount of storage space that is comparable to a long-bed pickup truck!
Think of the Chevy Tahoe as the little brother to the Suburban. The Tahoe has less rear storage than the Suburban, but don’t let it deter you. The Tahoe can comfortably seat 9 passengers in its three rows of seating. For the Tahoe, you can expect to pay about the same as the Suburban.
In addition to the vast amount of space for passengers, the Tahoe has a different chassis than the Suburban. It’s one of the most potent options on the market when it comes to towing capacity — even more so than the larger Suburban. The Tahoe can tow nearly 9,000 pounds, making it more than formidable to stack up against a pickup truck.
The GMC Yukon XL is almost identical to the Chevy Tahoe in nearly all of its assets. Since Chevrolet and GMC are both owned by General Motors, they fall under the same umbrella on many vehicles. The Yukon XL and the Tahoe are no different. The vehicles are built on the same chassis, with the two SUVs’ main differences mostly in the front ends’ appearance.
GMC vehicles tend to be slightly more expensive than their comparable Chevy counterparts, so you’d be looking at around $53,000 to buy a new Yukon XL.
With General Motors dominating the examples here so far, it was only a matter of time before something from Ford was mentioned. It’s no other than Ford’s largest standard SUV, the Expedition. The Expedition is in the same price range as the others on this list, with an MSRP of just under $53,000.
The Ford Expedition is known as being much more imposing than Ford's other SUVs— the Explorer, Escape, etc. — but that's for a good reason. One of the Expedition's best features is the comfort levels that it offers for everyone. Even when it's packed full of nine passengers, everyone has plenty of room, and nobody will feel like they have to squeeze in.
The Nissan NV 3500 takes a step in a slightly different direction than the other vehicles in this article, with its sole purpose being to haul passengers. Also known as the NV Passenger, the NV 3500 is not the typical vehicle you’d take to get groceries. But with its’ ability to easily seat more than nine people — as it has a seating capacity of over 12 — this offering from Nissan is well-deserving of being in the discussion.
Not only can it haul more people than others, but it’s also by far the cheapest option here. Due to its lesser focus on modern features and technological advances and comfort, the NV 3500 comes in at just over $36,000.
Like anything else in life, owning such a large vehicle comes with its pros and cons. Let's take a look at some of the top benefits and some of the drawbacks of owning and driving a 9-passenger vehicle.