Top 3 Review – 8 Passenger Vehicles

Whether you have a large family or a group of people that you transport regularly, you may need a vehicle that seats as many as eight people.


For anyone who is currently in the market for a vehicle of this size, this article provides a description of the three most recommended 8 Passenger Vehicles.

Chevy Equinox

The first vehicle of this type is the Chevy Equinox. In terms of fuel economy, the Equinox gets 32 miles per gallon on the highway, due to its Ecotec 2.4 liter, 4-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection. A six speed automatic transmission and low-rolling resistance tires also contribute to the high gas mileage for this car.

The Equinox gets better fuel economy on the highway than the Honda CRV, Toyota RAV 4, or the Ford Escape hybrid. The Equinox also travels 600 miles on one full tank of fuel while on the highway.

Another area of concern is safety. The Equinox received a 5-star rating for crash safety in 2009. This vehicle is equipped with six standard air bags, Stabilitrak with traction control, the Onstar safe and sound plan, and all wheel drive.

The design of the Equinox has several compelling features. It has a multi-flex rear seat with the most leg room of any vehicle in its class for the rear seat. There is also a rear seat entertainment system that includes dual screens mounted on the seat for playing DVD’s. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for the Chevy Equinox starts at $22,615.

Honda Odyssey

Another high quality 8 Passenger Vehicle is the Honda Odyssey. This minivan gets 28 miles to the gallon on the highway and 19 miles to the gallon in the city. The Odyssey has a powerful 248-horsepower v-6 engine with variable cylinder. It also has a 6 speed automatic transmission.

Safety features include anti-lock brakes and electronic brake distribution, which helps the driver maintain control of the vehicle while braking hard. There is also a Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control. The Odyssey also has a tire pressure monitoring system.

The 2011 model features up to 5 Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children seating positions. For protection in a collision, the Odyssey has 3-point seat belts with an automatic tensioning system. There are also front side air bags and a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System.

For style and convenience, the Odyssey has a blind side information device and a split screen rear seat entertainment system with the latest technology. The Suggested Starting Price is $27,800.

The third of the 8 Passenger Vehicles is the Chevy Traverse. This is a crossover with more cargo space than any other vehicle in its class. The Traverse gets 24 miles to the gallon on the highway. It has 116.4 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity with 24.4 cubic feet behind the third row of seats.

Safety features include Stabilitrak and Onstar. Entertainment features 3 free months of free XM satellite radio and a rear seat entertainment system including headphones, DVD player, and a USB port for using an mp3 player. The MSRP starts at $29,224.

Each vehicle has good safety features and entertainment options for traveling. Customers must decide which features are most important to them.

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Category: Minivans, SUVs