The 3 Best 9 Passenger SUVs on the Market
Many big families look for large SUVs because they want more style, power and versatility than a minivan. The following 9 passenger SUVs from Chevy and GMC feature a roomy third row that can comfortably seat passengers or hold cargo. They are the best options available based on reviews of their safety, reliability and value by automotive journalists and industry experts. This year’s models have improved designs that offer good looks, great features and slightly better fuel economy.
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe – $45,550
Consistently ranked as the most affordable large SUV, the Tahoe’s sophisticated interior offers style and functionality. Constructed from high-quality materials, the cabin isolates passengers from road and engine noise and offers comfortable seating.
The exterior features a stylish and sculpted design, but some reviewers complain that the exterior edges are too hard, straight and not attractive. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It also sports power-retractable side steps with perimeter lighting so that passengers can safely exit the vehicle. The liftgate is programmable and offers hands-free operation.
The beautiful dashboard sports easy to read gauges and controls. Some standard features include remote start, rear-view camera, satellite radio, Bluetooth and a six-speaker stereo. Options available include: a rear-seat entertainment system, a Blu-Ray DVD player and an 8-inch touch screen for the MyLink infotainment system. Some reviewers find that the MyLink system is a bit slow to respond to inputs. A new feature for this year is power-folding seats in the second and third rows.
Powered by a V8 engine, the Tahoe delivers strong acceleration and plenty of power for passing on the highway. The six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly. Many reviewers find that the Tahoe provides a steady and cushioned ride even over rough roads and a surprising level of maneuverability for a large vehicle. This power and handling comes in handy when towing the boat out to the lake for a weekend adventure.
Best of all, the Tahoe delivers good fuel economy for an SUV. It is rated at 16/23 mpg city/highway. With a starting price of $45,550, the Tahoe offers great value, a luxurious feel and a powerful driving experience.
2015 GMC Yukon – $46,990
The 2015 Yukon provides a lively driving experience thanks to its powerful V8 engine. Many test drivers remark that the Yukon handles well for a large SUV. It is powerful enough to tow 8,500 pounds. Whether maneuvering in a tight parking lot or towing an RV, the Yukon performs well. In addition, it also gets fuel efficiency of 16/23 mpg city/highway.
Its attractive cabin is crafted from quality materials. The soft-touch surfaces and ambient lighting provide passengers with a comfortable experience. The refined interior is coupled with plenty of leg room for passengers, although some complain that the third row is a bit more cramped than its competitors. Leather heated and cooled front seats are also available for additional comfort and convenience. The quiet cabin features a nine-speaker Bose sound system for high-quality audio. An 8-inch touch screen provides navigation and other entertainment options. Some reviewers note that the touch screen could react faster to inputs. There are five USB ports to connect your personal devices. A rear-seat entertainment system with Blu-ray DVD player may also be added. Safety features include a rear-view camera, forward collision alert and lane departure warning.
The exterior of the Yukon projects style and confidence. It has a bold design that will make an impression when it pulls up. The detailed chrome grille is strikingly beautiful. Brushed aluminum wheels are also available to complete the look. The rear wiper is hidden under the spoiler for clean and sleek lines.
Starting at $46,990, the 2015 Yukon is a great choice for an adventurous family. It offers lots of room, a sleek interior and a powerful engine. It ties the Tahoe for first in the Affordable Large SUV category in the U.S. News auto rankings.
2015 Chevrolet Suburban – $48,250
Starting at $48,250, the 2015 Suburban offers athletic maneuverability and many high-tech features. Its iconic styling is sure to turn heads as it cruises through town. The roomy and quiet cabin features premium materials for a comfortable ride. There is plenty of room for passengers and cargo.
The Suburban comes standard with a six-speaker audio system that can be upgraded to a 10-speaker Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system for an intense audio experience. The 4G LTE WiFi system can transform the Suburban into a mobile hotspot. Up to seven devices can be connected to the Internet from this vehicle. A rear entertainment system is also available.
Other standard features include satellite radio, Bluetooth and two USB ports. There is a sophisticated climate control system with three separate zones. Additional options include a navigation system, forward collision alert, blind zone alert along with the standard rearview camera and rear parking sensor.
Reviewers agree that the Suburban handles well and offers a lot of power. Its V8 engine and six-speaker automatic transmission provide ample horsepower and seamless shifting. However, some complain that it cannot handle rough pavement very well. The Suburban gets decent gas mileage for such a large vehicle. It is rated at 16/23 mpg city/highway – the same as the other options on this list.