8 Eight-Seater Minivans and SUVs to Haul around That Small Army You Call a Family

 Whether you need a new vehicle because of a growing family, or deciding it's time to bite the bullet and buy something new instead of fixing your current vehicle, you need to find something that works for your lifestyle.

With 4 kids, a significant other, a dog and a mother-in-law to drive around, you need to make sure you make the correct decision.

A majority of minivans and SUVs have seven seats, but there are plenty that seat eight. Minivans generally cost less, weigh less, and have better fuel economy but there's something to be said about  the physical appeal of a large SUV. One of these 8 options is sure to work for you.

2020 Ford Expedition / Expedition Max

2020 Ford Expedition/Expedition Max

The 2020 Ford Expedition has three rows of wide seats that comfortably seat 8, and the Max version, adds an additional 12 inches to it's length. The Expedition shares a lot of aluminum with the F-150 truck, but the body-on-frame chassis means it can tow over 9,000 pounds. It comes with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 and a 10-speed automatic that means the Expedition gets up to 24 mpg highway.

2020 Chrysler Pacifica

The Pentastar V6 makes 287 hp and 262-lb-ft of torque to either the front or all four wheels. There’s even a hybrid drive-train option, which Chrysler says gets 80 mpg-e with an electric range of 30 miles. Chrysler takes credit for inventing the minivan class way back in the ’80s, and it has been innovating ever since. 

2020 Chrysler Pacifica
2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

This underrated SUV is a joy to drive thanks to its sharp handling, smooth ride, and well-tuned nine-speed automatic transmission. We also like the Traverse's 3.6-liter V-6 engine making 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. Third-row space is a bit tight compared to some other 8-seater vehicles, but the cabin is stylish and well-equipped. 

2020 Hyundai Palisade

The Hyundai Palisade has a 3.8-liter GDI V6 and seven- or eight-passenger seating available. Palisade can switch combustion cycles from Atkinson cycle to Otto cycle as needed for power or efficiency. As a result it gets 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque while returning 19/26/22 mpg. You can get front- or all-wheel drive, too. 

2020 Hyundai Palisade
2020 Lincoln Navigator

2020 Lincoln Navigator

The Lincoln Navigator might be the most tempting of the 8-passenger vehicles on this list thanks to its extremely supple interior combined with its quiet road manners and excellent powertrain. The Navigator's 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 delivers 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque, plenty of motivation for this imposing SUV.

2020 Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander has both a I4 and V6 engines, as well as a hybrid option available in front- or all-wheel drive. And since screen size is the new door/cupholder count, you can get either the standard 8.3-inch infotainment screen or the wallpaper-sized 12.3 diagonal screen.

2020 Toyota Highlander
2020 Toyota Sienna

2020 Toyota Sienna

The Sienna seats eight, as does everything listed here, and offers a compelling rear-seat entertainment system with a huge flip-down screen, which is worth its weight in gold for anyone with active children. This minivan has been on the market for 10 years and with a 296-hp V6 underhood and 20 mpg combined, it’s still a worthy contender.

2020 Dodge Durango

The Dodge Durango was designed for those who want to make a bold statement. This beauty meets power with Brembo 6-piston front brake calipers that offer impressive braking power while the signature SRT hood and 2-heat extractors allow for optimal engine performance. It is the most powerful 3-Row SUV Ever.

2020 Dodge Durango