How to Compare 7-Passenger SUVs

by Ann Frederick

Several automakers offer sport-utility vehicles with seating for seven, which can come in handy for people with several children or those who drive a large group of co-workers to the office.

Standard or Option?

Third-row seating is standard on the 2011 Buick Enclave, allowing you to seat seven passengers at the base price. Buy a 2010 Dodge Journey, and you’ll have to pay to add the third-row as an option.


Use the specifications page on the SUV’s website to compare hip, head, shoulder and leg room among third seats. For example, the 2010 Dodge Journey SE offers 23.4 inches of leg room in the third row, while a 2011 Chevrolet Suburban provides 34.9 inches.


Seven-seat shoppers on a budget might find a good fit with the 2010 Dodge Journey, which has a starting price of around $22,235 when a third-row seat is added to the SE model. Buick Enclave buyers face a starting price of $35,615 for a 2011 model.

About the Author

Ann Frederick has been a professional writer since 1993. She began her career as a television news producer and then transitioned into public relations, working for local, state and federal government agencies. Her professional awards include a silver ADDY. Frederick holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from Florida State University.

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