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Best 7 Passenger Vehicles List
Full and mid-size SUVs are often some of the most capable 7 passenger vehicles on the market, and not only can they haul friends and family but they can also tow a trailer and stow a significant amount of cargo. Some of these vehicles tap into a rugged aesthetic via their off-road prowess, while others are content to flex their muscle as they obliterate hauling tasks with ease. In either case, it's hard to argue against the practicality of these high-capacity people movers.
Let's take a look at 10 of the best 7 passenger vehicles and see what these rugged multi passenger machines are capable of when the going gets tough.
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Best 7 Passenger Vehicles: #01 2012 GMC Yukon Hybrid
Not many associated the terms 'hybrid' and 'off-road' together, but the 2012 GMC Yukon Hybrid - when ordered in four-wheel drive trim - certainly does a more than adequate job of convincing those in doubt of its all-terrain cred. The GMC Yukon Hybrid eclipses the 7 seater vehicle mark and offers room for eight occupants or 109 cubic feet of gear with the third row out of the picture. 379 horsepower is on tap in the full-size SUV (generated by a combination of two electric motors and a 6.0-liter gas-powered V-8), and 18-inch wheels, respectable ground clearance, and fuel mileage of 20-mpg in low-speed driving make it a solid choice for extended forays across uneven ground.
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Best 7 Passenger Vehicles: #2 2012 Dodge Durango
The 2012 Dodge Durango is one of the newest 7 passenger crossover SUVs on the market, and despite its unibody design it can be had with a skid plate package that armors up its undersides in order to better prepare it for rugged duty. The Dodge Durango is also notable for providing smooth on-pavement handling and the ability to tow up to 7,400 lbs when equipped with its available 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine that grinds out 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque have earned the Durango a spot on this 7 passenger vehicle list. Even the Durango's base 3.6-liter V-6 impresses with its 290 horses and 260 lb-ft of twist. Four-wheel drive is of course on the menu with the SUV, and transmission choices include a mix of five and six-speed automatics.
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Best 7 Passenger Vehicles: #3 2012 Ford Expedition
The 2012 Ford Expedition is one of the best 7 passenger vehicles on the market today and shares its bones with the robust Ford F-150 pickup truck, so it's no surprise that this full-size sport-utility vehicle doesn't shy away from tackling tough driving conditions. The Ford Expedition is enormous inside, providing eight passenger accommodations across three rows with the option of collapsing the rear seating positions in order to open up 108.3 cubic feet of space. A heavy-duty suspension system and the availability of four-wheel drive ensure that the Expedition never struggles on the trail, and its standard 5.4-liter V-8 engine produces 310 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque, managed by a six-speed automatic gearbox.
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Best 7 Passenger Vehicles: #4 2012 Land Rover LR4
The 2012 Land Rover LR4 is one of the poshest 7 seater vehicles around. Boasting more available passenger room than any other member of the Land Rover lineup, the LR4 is a family-friendly luxury choice that also happens to come with an appreciable spread of off-road goodies, making the LR4 one of the best 7 passenger vehicles on the market today. Of these, perhaps the most impressive is the Terrain Response system, which allows drivers to dial-in custom throttle, stability, and traction control settings in order to best deal with snow, mud, ruts, and sand. The LR4 also comes with a rock crawl feature that takes much of the anxiety out of negotiating a field of uneven boulders. Under the hood, the Land Rover is packing a 5.0-liter V-8 that is rated at 375 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed transmission - and full-time four-wheel drive - are standard with the SUV.
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Best 7 Passenger Vehicles: #5 2012 Chevrolet Suburban 1500
The 2012 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 earns a spot on our 7 passenger vehicles list by virtue of the fact that it can push well past that mark and accommodate as many as nine occupants, if required. This is over and above the SUV's ability to haul 137 cubic feet of cargo within its spacious confines. The Chevrolet Suburban's available off-road package installs the skid plates and hardcore suspension that enable it to brave mud pits, and its optional four-wheel drive system makes short work of deep snow. A 5.3-liter V-8 that develops 320 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque is included with every version of the Suburban, and a six-speed automatic transmission is also provided free of charge.
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Best 7 Passenger Vehicles: #6 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser
The 2012 Toyota Land Cruiser is a de facto choice when considering the best 7 passenger vehicles on the market. The Toyota Land Cruiser has been earning its off-road stripes for decades thanks to the exceptional engineering prowess exhibited by the full-size SUV's strong chassis and suspension system. The Land Cruiser comes with always-on four-wheel drive, electronic aides such as hill descent control, and all-terrain necessities such as skid plates, a limited slip differential, and an adaptive suspension system that can automatically disengage the vehicle's stabilizer bars for better articulation. A six-speed automatic transmission and a 381 horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 (also good for 401 lb-ft of torque) represent the Toyota's driveline.
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Best 7 Passenger Vehicles: #7 2012 Lincoln Navigator
The 2012 Lincoln Navigator puts a luxury face on the same basic platform used by the Ford Expedition. As such, the Lincoln Navigator shares many of the same characteristics when taken off the pavement and into the rough stuff. Important differences between the two more than 7 seater vehicles include a heaping helping of luxury gear in the Navigator, with features such as power-folding running boards (to keep from getting caught on ruts, rocks, or ledges) and a navigation system coming standard. Four-wheel drive is available with the SUV, which also cribs its 310 horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8 and six-speed automatic transmission from the Expedition.
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Best 7 Passenger Vehicles: #8 2012 Nissan Armada
The 2012 Nissan Armada certainly lives up to its name in terms of its size. The 7 seater plus one Nissan Armada checks in with just under 100 cubic feet of total cargo space, but it raises eyebrows thanks to a tow rating of 9,100 lbs. This particular attribute can be tied in to the Armada's truck-based platform and its 5.6-liter V-8 engine that generates 317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque. Four-wheel drive is optional, a five-speed automatic transmission is standard, and the vehicle's low-range transfer case does a credible job at making sure the Armada never gets stuck miles from the nearest tow truck, making the Armada more than an ordinay 7 passenger car.
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Best 7 Passenger Vehicles: #9 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV
The 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV offers luxury shoppers an ultra-large sport-utility vehicle that can be crammed to the roof with people and packages. The Cadillac Escalade ESV's eight passenger accommodations are complemented by 137 cubic feet of total cargo space, and its ruggedness comes not necessarily from its trail-breaking skills - which are admittedly limited due to its optional all-wheel drive system - but rather its truck-like towing capacity, which peaks at around 8,000 lbs. Throw in a 6.2-liter V-8 that generates 403 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque (managed by a six-speed autobox) and you've got a compelling tough premium SUV package.
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Best 7 Passenger Vehicles: #10 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Our list of the best 7 passenger vehicles with rugged leanings ends with the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class was built to take on domestic luxury brands on their own turf, and this full-size SUV largely succeeds. With a tow rating of 7,500 lbs, a big interior (with 83 cubic feet of cargo space to spare) and a trio of engine choices (335 horsepower, 4.7-liter V-8, 382 horsepower, 5.5-liter V-8, and an unusual 3.0-liter, 210 horsepower turbodiesel V-6 that also generates 400 lb-ft of torque), the GL-Class finds itself right alongside options from Cadillac and Lincoln. The SUV also comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission and offers excellent foul weather performance thanks to standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
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