Consumer Reports Best 8-passenger SUV for under $40,000
Finding an eight-seater SUV is getting easier and easier. But, these are large vehicles, so they are often at the more expensive end of the SUV market. Fortunately, the manufacturers are trying to meet the needs of families who need to bring all the kids and cousins, but don’t have $60,000 for a new Jeep Grand Wagoneer. These eight-person SUVs for under $40,000 are also stylish, have all the safety features you’d expect, and look stylish. Ohh, and they’re all among Consumer Reports’ best eight-passenger SUVs.
1: Toyota Highlander, $35,855
The Toyota Highlander sometimes gets lost in the shuffle at Toyota with the all-terrain (and seven-seater) 4Runner and RAV4 making headlines. But the Highlander is a capable, fun-to-drive SUV that seats eight. We expect Honda to launch a new Grand Highlander in 2023 which should be a little longer and improve the capabilities of this SUV. Additionally, it can be ordered as a hybrid with Toyota’s all-wheel-drive system.
2: Honda Rider, $38,080
The Honda Pilot doesn’t look the sportiest of these SUVs, but it’s one of the fastest. The Pilot has a 280 horsepower V6 that takes it to 60 mph in about 6 seconds. The rear seat lacks the legroom of some of the other rear seats. But the rest of the cabin makes up for that. It has 16 cup holders, removable second floor seats that maximize interior volume when you need it, and a useful if not beautiful cockpit. consumer reports says it’s one of the best eight-passenger SUVs.
3: Chevy Traverse, $33,900
If you really don’t want a minivan but do want one, check out the Chevy Traverse. The Traverse was new for 2017 and packs a punch with a 310-hp V6 (although the Pilot is faster). The Traverse has been updated for 2022 and safety features that were options before are now standard, like automated emergency braking. It’s larger than Consumer Reports’ other best eight-passenger SUVs, which translates to a third row designed to accommodate true adult-sized people. The second and third rows can also fold flat, meaning you can fit a lot in the back of this big SUV.
4: Hyundai Palisade/Kia Telluride, $34,000
The Korean twins are getting a big update for 2023. They don’t need it, the current generation is a phenomenal commercial success, but we’re not complaining. For 2023, upgrades will include new grilles and even nicer interiors. Hyundai gets a new premium Calligraphy version that moves it well past $40,000. For less than $40,000, you still get a 3.8-liter V6, modern Kia/Hyundai good looks, and a standard 12-inch touchscreen. The Palisade and Telluride are recommended by Consumer Reports as eight-passenger SUVs, and they both top many best-of-breed lists for their versatile capability. The Hyundai is the more traditional of the pair, while the Telluride has a harder edge that gives it more street cred.
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