Three-row SUVs have really taken off in popularity in recent years, and now even picking up one of these family haulers on the used market is easier than ever. But so many choices can make deciding which 7-seater is just right can be a little more difficult. In order to help make the process a bit easier, we’ve assembled this list of 7-passenger SUVs that are both exceptionally good at what they do, and sold in large enough quantities when new to make finding a used one easy.
When you need the most interior space possible but want to keep the exterior dimensions from getting too big to fit into smaller parking spaces, the Traverse is the way to go. It also has the advantage of coming with 7 as the minimum number of seats, with some configurations accommodating 8. There is a new generation debuting for 2024, which means good deals on relatively new used examples – always a good thing to look for. The Traverse comes with a huge interior for this segment, and standard V6 power on pre-2024 models. Towing capacity is above average, so if the above-average cargo space isn’t enough, it’s easy to bring a trailer. Like a lot of Chevy SUVs, a high-end Bose® stereo system comes standard for multiple trims, so audiophiles will have an easier time finding something that fits their specific needs than they would with a competitor.
Many SUVs technically offer three rows of seating, but actually deliver a third row that is too small to accommodate anyone but children. This is probably fine for some buyers, but anyone who might at some point have to carry adults in the third row would be best suited with a Chevy Tahoe. This tough, body-on-frame SUV comes with a standard V8 engine, and newer models even offer a diesel option. Towing capacity is superb, even with the base engine, and dedicated offroad trims make the Tahoe one of the most capable three-row full-size SUVs on the market. A choice of sophisticated suspension setups makes for a smooth ride, and the available trailering technology rivals what you find in pickups. Even on used examples, desirable features like LED external lighting, a premium stereo, and big 22-inch wheels are easier to find with the Tahoe than the competition.
GMC Yukon Denali
While the Yukon is mechanically very similar to the Tahoe, the Denali trims turn it into a different sort of vehicle. With the Denali and Denali Ultimate, the Yukon becomes a luxury vehicle. It might not be the world’s only three-row luxury vehicle, but when it comes to comfort value for your dollar, the Denali is unbeatable. The bigger V8 powertrain that is optional on lower trims is standard on the Denali, and newer models have a towing capacity of up to 8,200 pounds. Luxury touches like wood trim pieces and front seats that are both heated and ventilated come standard, and full-grain leather upholstery is standard on the Ultimate. Even older models come with Bose® stereo systems, with newer Denali Ultimate standard systems even having speakers built into the driver’s headrest, and an optional head-up display has been offered for quite a few years. The pool of luxury SUVs that will comfortably fit adults in the third row of seating isn’t huge, and the Denali is unquestionably the standout in that group.
When you need the absolute most space you can get, the only answer is the Chevy Suburban. The nameplate dates back to before WWII, and yet, through decades of industry evolutions the Suburban has not only survived but thrived. Why, you ask? Because the Chevy Suburban is undeniably useful at carrying absolutely everything. Mechanically, the Suburban shares a lot with the Tahoe, and the same engines and trims are offered for both. The difference is size, with the Suburban offering more space than the already huge Tahoe. With the 2nd and 3rd rows of seats folded down, the Suburban offers 144.7 cubic feet of cargo space, and with the seats up, accommodating 8 people, even 8 full-size adults, is no problem whatsoever. Thanks to an advanced 10-speed automatic transmission, which has been standard for quite a few years now and is easy to find on used examples, the Suburban even gets better fuel economy than a number of smaller SUVs, especially when equipped with the optional diesel engine.