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Best 7 Seater SUVS

For those with large families, finding a vehicle with enough room to accommodate you can be a difficult obstacle. You want a vehicle that can fit your family, and your kids’ friends, soccer gear, music instruments, etc. However, you don’t want to completely sacrifice style for functionality. There are many 7 passenger Sport Utility Vehicles on the market today that fit this bill.

Toyota Sequoia

The Sequoia is the Luxury SUV for Toyota, boasting chrome accents throughout as well as a moon roof on all vehicles, even the base SR5 model. The 2011 Toyota Sequoia has three different engine sizes to choose from, including 4.6L V8 and the 5.7L V8 with or without Flex Fuel management. With an overall length of 205 inches and a width of 79.9 inches, this mid-sized SUV is easy to handle and fun to drive. While technology is no stranger to even the base model, with the standard satellite radio, the platinum model also comes standard with DVD touch screen navigation, rear seat DVD player and heated leather driver, passenger and second row captain’s chairs. The Sequoia SR5 has a starting price of around $40,000 while the fully equipped platinum has a price tag of $57,000.

Chevy Traverse

The 2011 Chevrolet Traverse is quickly becoming one of the most popular 7 passenger vehicles on the Chevrolet lineup. With a price tag of only $38,000 for a fully loaded LTZ, there is a model available for any budget. This 7 passenger SUV comes standard with a 3.7L V6 engine, managing to save gas while still maintaining enough power for all needs. Safety comes first on the Traverse, with ultrasonic rear park assist and rear view cameras available on all LT and LTZ models as well as blind spot mirrors and Bluetooth technology for even more added comfort. With an overall length of 205 inches, the leg room for all passengers is surprisingly enough to hold even the tallest man in comfort. Technology is no stranger to the Traverse. For the 2011 model year, it now offers an optional Wi-Fi hotspot, giving Wi-Fi technology to any device within 120 feet of the vehicle.

Ford Explorer

Sporting an overall length of only 197 inches, the 2011 Ford Explorer is one of the shortest, easiest to drive 7 passenger vehicles on the market. It may be small in size, however, it is not lacking in comfort, power and safety. All models come standard with a 3.5L V6 engine with 6 speed automatic transmission that together can tow up to 5000 pounds. On the inside, this is one of the most driver-friendly SUVs, complete with power lift third row seat, media hub all standard in the base model and SYNC by Microsoft in the Limited model. Also in the Limited model is MyFord access as well as a push button ignition, add this to the remote start, rear view camera and standard dual panel moon roof, and this is one of the most competitive priced SUV’s on the market, with the Limited starting at only $37,000.