For many families, a third row seat is a necessity for comfortably seating 7 or 8 passengers. With improvements in fuel economy and functionality, the SUV has become an appealing choice. The performance, style, and enhanced features of the SUV have made it a more favorable choice than the “typical” family minivan. Current SUV models offer a comfortable and stylish family vehicle with plenty of space and decent fuel efficiency.
The 9 passenger SUVs reviewed below are the best on the market. They have received excellent reviews for their features, reliability, price, and safety. These vehicles seat 9 comfortably and offer good cargo space. Although there are vans available from GMC, Ford and Nissan, these are the best available.
The 2013 Chevrolet Suburban – $40,799
Our rating: 8.2
The Suburban was rated the 2013 Best Full-Size SUV for Families because it offers the best quality and family-friendly features in its class. This exceptional SUV provides ample cargo space, a remarkable towing capacity, and the option to seat nine passengers. The 2013 Suburban starts at $43,870 and is currently available in two models. There is a regular (1500) model and a heavy-duty (2500) model. Although both models are available with a six-speed automatic transmission and a V8 engine; the heavy-duty model is a bit more expensive. The heavy-duty (2500) offers a 9,600-pound towing capacity and boasts a more powerful V8 engine. The regular (1500) shifts gears more smoothly, has better fuel economy, and uses a reasonably powered 5.3-liter V8 engine.
Although there are some mixed reviews about the Suburban’s overall appearance; many drivers find this vehicle attractive and well-built. This SUV incorporates quality materials with premium features. The base trim includes features like Bluetooth connectivity, a six-speaker audio system, and a USB port. Additional features include a rear DVD entertainment center, an upgraded Bose audio system, a DVD navigation system, and a backup camera. Overall, the interior controls and features are easy to use. On the upgraded models, the optional DVD navigation system is intuitive and extremely useful. The Suburban offers plenty of leg room and comfortable first- and second-row seating. However, the third row is ideal for children. The Suburban also offers an excellent amount of cargo space. In most cases, removing the third-row seat can help to maximize cargo space.
The 2013 Suburban offers good fuel economy and an EPA-estimated 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway. The base engine is available with either rear- or four-wheel drive options and provides a comfortable ride. This SUV has ventilated seats, remote start, power-adjustable pedals, and an Autoride electronic suspension system. Currently, US News ranks The 2013 Chevrolet Suburban #2 in Affordable Large SUVs.
The 2013 GMC Yukon – $38,836
Our rating: 7.9
The GMC Yukon delivers one of the smoothest rides of any SUV currently on the market. This vehicle includes excellent interior features, an attractive design, and an impressive towing capacity. The 2013 Yukon starts at $41,760 and has three powerful models to choose from. The SLE and SLT models are available with a 5.3-liter V8 engine. The more premium Denali model is available with a 6.2-liter V8 engine. The Yukon also comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and two-or four-wheel drive options. This SUV offers improved acceleration that makes passing and merging on the road effortless. This vehicle uses a smaller turning radius. This makes maneuvering in crowded lots and spaces easy. The Yukon is able to tow up to 9,600 pounds and has a good fuel economy for its class. This SUV gets an EPA-estimated 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway.
The Yukon is a spacious vehicle that offers the option to provide seating for 9 occupants. This vehicle is visually appealing and offers an attractive interior design. The interior features are easy to use and extremely functional. Some standard features include an AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, heated leather seats, and a heated steering wheel. There is also a nine-speaker Bose audio system and a tri-zone automatic climate control function. Additional features include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and an intuitive touch-screen navigation system. The cargo space is excellent for any vehicle in its class. However, maximizing the space will require removing the third row seat.
Currently, US News ranks The 2013 GMC Yukon #4 in Affordable Large Vehicles. This SUV offers an excellent towing capacity, a powerful engine, and a spacious cabin. Overall, The Yukon is ranked highly for its excellence in reliability and safety.
The 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe – $37,576
Our rating: 8.3
The Chevrolet Tahoe couples an attractive exterior with a well-designed interior. This SUV was ranked the 2013 Best Large SUV for the Money because it combines the best ownership costs with the most positive reviews. The 2013 Tahoe starts at $40,405 and is available in three trims.
This vehicle seats up to nine passengers in its spacious cabin. The interior seating is both comfortable and supportive. It is also well-designed using premium materials and a convenient layout. The controls are easy to use and well-placed. Some features include Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, and tri-zone climate control. Additional features include a rearview camera, a nine-speaker Bose stereo system, and heated/cooled leather front seats. The cargo space for this SUV is good for its class. This vehicle has among the most room for an SUV in its class when the second row seats are folded forward and the third row seats are removed. Overall, the inside of the Tahoe is both accommodating and comfortable. This vehicle comes with large, supportive front bucket seats that provide plenty of legroom.
The 2013 Tahoe has a powerful 5.3-liter V8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Cylinder deactivation and variable valve timing help to offer a smooth ride. This SUV is available with either two- or four-wheel drive options. The Tahoe has handling similar to a smaller vehicle and uses a small turning radius for improved city driving. This vehicle has a good fuel economy that the EPA estimates at 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway. Although The Tahoe has not changed much since being redesigned in 2007, the SUV offers one of the best vehicles on the market. Read the full review.