When it comes to hauling a big family, nothing tops a three-row, eight-seat vehicle. While hulking full-size SUVs are fading away, automakers are releasing more sedan-like crossovers that meet larger family’s needs in seating and cargo space.
That said, a few full-size SUVs and minivans make the cut in our list of the top eight-seater vehicles.
The Honda Pilot has been a staple in this Japanese automaker's lineup since 2003, and it remains one of the best three-row, eight-passenger crossovers you can buy.
The third-generation Pilot, which debuted in 2016, features room for up to eight people. The second row features 975.4 mm of legroom and 1,574.8 mm of shoulder room, giving it plenty of room for everyone. The third row is tighter with 810.26 mm of legroom, but it'll fit young children pretty easily.
Lower the third row and unlock 1,325 litres of cargo space. With all the rear rows folded, you can cram 2,372.9 litres of cargo in the 2016-2022 Honda Pilot.
The newest-generation Toyota Highlander is another capable, people-hauling crossover.
Not only is the 2020-2021 Toyota Highlander among the sharpest-looking models in its class, it also has loads of interior space. The second row is massive with up to 1,041.4 mm of legroom, but the third row suffers at just 703.6 mm.
The Highlander recovers with its spacious cargo area that can haul 1,370.5 litres of cargo with the third row folded and 2,387.1 litres with both rear rows folded.
The Highlander Hybrid also helps with fuel costs thanks to its fuel consumption ratings of just 6.1 L/100 km city, 6.8 l/100 km highway, and 6.7 L/100 km combined.
The Chevy Suburban is the longest-running nameplate in North America, and it's done so with a focus on passenger space and comfort.
This three-row SUV — yes, it's one of the few legit body-on-frame SUVs remaining — delivers up to 1,008.4 mm of second-row room and a relatively spacey 876.3 mm of third-row legroom. Plus, it's a notorious cargo hauler with up to 3,446.2 litres of cargo space with both rear rows folded.
The downside is the hulking 5.3-liter V-8 engine. While it's quite capable at 355 horsepower, it's also rather thirsty at 13.4 L/100 km combined.
You can't have the Suburban on a list without its downsized twin, the Chevy Tahoe, also present.
At 518.2 mm shorter than the Suburban, the Tahoe is far easier to maneuver in traffic. However, it suffers slightly in interior space with 990.6 mm of second-row legroom and just 629.9 mm of third-row legroom.
Cargo space is also tighter at just 2,681.6 litres with all the rear seats folded.
Like its larger sibling, the Tahoe also suffers in fuel economy due to its 5.3-liter V-8 that consumes 13.4 litres of fuel per 100 km.
Sticking in General Motors' wheelhouse, the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL are great eight-seater SUV options. The base Yukon is closely related to the Chevy Tahoe, while the Yukon XL is related to the Suburban — in fact, they share almost all their mechanical bits.
Being a GMC, the Yukon and Yukon XL are a bit more premium than their Chevy counterparts, giving them more posh features, especially in their Denali trims.
In interior roominess, the Yukon and Yukon XL are close to their Chevy cousins. The Yukon offers 990.6 mm of second-row legroom, but its third row is tight with just 629.9 mm of legroom. Cargo space is plentiful at up to 2,681.6 litres with all the rear seats folded.
The Yukon XL is roomier with 1,008.4 mm of second-row legroom and 876.3 mm of third-row legroom. It also can carry up to 3,446.2 litres of cargo.
Like the Tahoe and Suburban, the Yukon and Yukon XL enjoy gasoline — a lot.
Ford partakes in the eight-passenger SUV race too with its massive Expedition and Expedition Max. The base Expedition is plenty roomy with 1,054.1 mm of second-row legroom and a whopping 1,038.9 mm of third-row legroom. Plus, it offers plenty of space for cargo with up to 2,961.9 litres with all the rear seats folded.
Opt for the 11.9-inch-longer Expedition Max, and its second-row legroom swells to 1,082 mm, but the third-row legroom remains the same. The most significant growth area in the Max model is its 3,437.7 litres of max cargo capacity.
The Expedition is also a surprising performer, as its twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 engine pumps out 375 to 400 horsepower, depending on the trim. Plus, this powertrain helps it deliver a 4,218-kg towing capacity.
Sticking with the Hyundai Palisade's lower trim levels leaves you with a three-passenger second-row bench seat in place of the captain's chairs in higher trims. This ups the passenger capacity to eight, qualifying Hyundai's midsize SUV for our list.
The Palisade offers 1,077 mm of second-row legroom, giving even adults plenty of room. Things are a little tighter in the third-row seats at 797.6 mm, but it's plenty for young children — or older children and teenagers in a pinch.
For a midsize crossover, the Hyundai Palisade has loads of cargo room at up to 2,446.6 litres with both rear rows folded. Plus, its 291-horsepower V-6 engine delivers plenty of punch.
The Palisade’s well-equipped cabin includes a standard 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also an optional 10.3-inch infotainment system touchscreen for buyers who want something a little more upscale.
In its lower trims, the Chevrolet Traverse forgoes second-row captain's chairs in favor of a three-person bench seat, giving it the eight-person capacity your large family needs.
In its second row, the Traverse offers a respectable 975.4 mm of legroom. The third row is best suited for children, but it can handle adults in a pinch with up to 850.9 mm of leg room.
The Traverse also offers a potent 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission that allows it to tow up to 2,268kg.
Cargo space is also plentiful with up to 2,780.7 litres with both rear rows of seats folded.
The Kia Telluride is a close cousin to the Hyundai Palisade and has a similarly roomy cabin for big families. Its second- and third-row legroom are identical to the Palisade's at 1,076 mm and 797.6 mm, respectively.
Plus, the Telluride has the same 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6 as the Palisade, which delivers smooth, powerful acceleration.
The Telluride differs with its cargo room, as it’s slightly roomier than the Palisade with up to 2,463.6 litres.
Nissan's largest SUV, the Armada, is a great three-row option thanks to its roomy second row with 1,041.4 mm of legroom. The third row is far tighter at just 721.4 mm of legroom, making it a place for small children only.
In terms of cargo room, the Armada has plenty at 2,701.4 litres with both rear rows folded.
On top of being roomy, the Armada has a potent 5.6-liter V-8 with 400 horsepower. This power affords it a 3,855-kg towing capacity.
The lone minivan on our list is the Honda Odyssey. Not only is it quite stylish for a van, but the Odyssey also features 1,038.9 mm of second-row legroom and 967.7 mm of third-row legroom, so adults and kids fit just fine in all three rows.
Lower both rear rows of seats and unlock a massive 4,103.1 litres of cargo space.
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