The Best 7-seater SUVs You Can Buy in Canada Right Now
Written by DriveAxis.ca June 28, 2023
While compact and crossover SUVs seem to be all the rage right now, the truth is that some drivers require an SUV that can do more, carry more, and tow more. That’s where 7-seater SUVs come in, which have practically replaced the outdated and outfashioned minivan as a vehicle of choice. 7 seater SUVs are also a fantastic option for families who require spots for more than a few kids (and a large dog), or older teenagers who take up more space.
Canadian drivers have many options to choose from when it comes to a good 7 seater SUV, but sometimes it can be hard to select the best one. The following are a list of excellent choices from some of the world’s most reliable and reputable manufacturers, and any one of them can handle the most demanding of tasks required by you and your family.
The XSE and Limited versions of Toyota’s Highlander are 7 passenger SUVs thanks to the second-row captain’s chairs, and the result is a vehicle with an impressive 2,387 liters of storage with all the seats unfolded. Powering a car of this size is a 2.4 liter turbo 4-cylinder engine capable of dishing out 265 horsepower to an impressive AWD system, making it great for tackling Canadian winters. Other features include an 8” inch touchscreen infotainment system, emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and a bountiful tech package with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Pilot is a popular entry in Honda’s impressive vehicle lineup featuring an excellent AWD system with Trail mode for offroad adventuring, which is necessary to take advantage of the amazing 3,166 liters of total storage space. It’s the perfect vehicle for camping trips and outdoor fun, but it’s just as impressive as a daily commuter, thanks to a 3.5L V-6 that produces 285 horsepower through a 10-speed automatic transmission. All this, plus a generous tech package featuring entertainment goodies, plus a wide array of safety features like traffic sign recognition, rear cross-traffic monitoring, blind-spot monitoring and lane assist.
While Hyundai’s SUVs like the Santa Fe and Tucson tend to hog most of the attention, other models like the Palisade rarely get the same love. However, the Palisade is a definite contender boasting premium materials, superb craftsmanship and a bold, beautiful design. While it offers less cargo space averaging 2,447 liters, the Palisade still has plenty of room to handle the family needs. The engine is a 3.8L V-6 producing a hefty 291 horsepower via an 8-speed automatic transmission, and the AWD system adds extra safety and stability during difficult commutes.
For decades, the Explorer has been a staple in Ford’s vehicle lineup, thanks to rugged reliability, handsome good looks and performance that goes the distance, and then some. It’s a smaller 7-seater SUV for those who don’t need as much space, clocking in at about 2,132 maximum liters. The Explorer is no slouch on the road, either, delivering 300 horsepower from a 2.3L turbo 4-cylinder engine, right up to a whopping 400 horsepower from the optional ST variant. It’s one of the best midrange 7-seater SUV options for those seeking balance and performance.
One of the more luxurious 7-seater SUV options on the market is Acura’s own MDX, a refined and upscale offering with 2,690 liters of storage space married to a 3.5L V-6 capable of producing 290 horsepower. Such a refined SUV should come with all the appropriate bells and whistles, and the MDX doesn’t disappoint. A 12.3” inch touchscreen infotainment system features Alexa and HomeLink integration, driver seat position memory, tri-zone climate control, heated front seats, and a booming 9-speaker sound system. All this, plus enough safety features to keep drivers and their families safe on the open road.
A great 7-seater SUV can completely change the way you get about, handle daily tasks, take the family on a ski trip, or plan your next adventure. Whether you need an SUV with massive storage space, or just one to cover the daily necessities, there’s an option just waiting for you to pick from the above list.
DriveAxis has a full inventory including the excellent models listed above, so if you’re still having trouble narrowing down your choice, we’re on hand to help. We can assist you when it comes to choosing the right SUV for you and your family, as well as your budget. And don’t worry about financing approval. DriveAxis handles that specific part in-house, and we approve everyone, regardless of their credit score or history. Contact us today, and let’s help you pick your next car!