Which vehicles come with eight seats?

I have an in-home daycare and would like to carry seven kids at all times.

Kelli M., Collinsville

There are many options for hauling eight passengers, including minivans, full-size SUVs, crossover SUVs and full-size vans.

For carrying around seven kids, however, a minivan with a low step-in height that provides easy access for the little ones will be the most family- and kid-friendly. Not all minivans have seating for eight, but the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna are among the few that do.

Crossover SUVs are an alternative to the minivan, but still have an overall minivan-like function. The Honda Pilot offers eight-passenger seating as standard, as does the Toyota Highlander.

There are also heavy-duty haulers like full-size SUVs — think Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Expedition EL — and full-size vans like the GMC Savana or Ford E-150. The big vans border on commercial size, though. These will have more overall interior room for up to 15 passengers, but you’ll be piloting an 18-foot long, three-ton van.

We’ve put together a list minivans, crossover SUVs, traditional SUVs and vans that can seat eight passengers:


Crossover SUVs

Full-size SUVs

Full-size van

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on April 18, 2008 in What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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