While the trend in vehicles aims for efficient and greener fuel economy, new vehicles are often much smaller and compact than previous generations and models. This can make finding 7 seater vehicles with good gas mileage a daunting task, especially for families that are looking for something affordable and versatile. But, luckily, a few manufactures are keeping in mind that passenger vehicles, those that carry seven or more passengers, are still needed. So, we’ve put together a list with the best minivan mpg and SUV’s to help you in your next vehicle purchase.
2015 Toyota Highlander
This Toyota 7 seater has an exterior design that distinguishes it from most minivans and enough power to provide adequate towing capability. This is easily the best 7 passenger vehicle with a roomy interior and powerful V-6 engine that make its great fuel economy that much more of a surprise. The 2015 Toyota Highlander gets an impressive 28 miles per gallon for both city and highway driving. This is a far step up from most SUV’s and minivans, which makes this a more affordable option for those with larger families or who just need to be able comfortably carry more people from time to time.
2015 Nissan Rogue
The 2015 Nissan Rogue offers a lot of improvement over the last generation, with a sleeker more car-like design. The addition of the third row seat makes this a 7 seater with the gas mileage you’d expect of a regular car. In the city it gets 26 miles to the gallon and on the highway it gets an impressive 33 miles to the gallon. This crossover vehicle is more maneuverable than larger SUV’s or minivans, while still feeling stable and secure on the highway at higher speeds. This is one of the smallest seven seater vehicles available which helps contribute to the great fuel economy.
2015 Mitsubishi Outlander
The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander is an affordable option for those looking at 7 seater vehicles, with a base price starting around $24,000. While it’s not as sporty as previous generations, the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander comes standard with a third row seat and has the feel of a smaller vehicle when behind the wheel. It gets 25 miles to the gallon in the city and an impressive 31 miles to the gallon on the highway, making this a comfortable vehicle to drive around every day or for those summer family vacations.
2015 Infiniti QX60
In the list of 7 passenger vehicles, the 2015 Infiniti QX60 may not offer the performance of the non-hybrid V6 engine version of the QX60, but it easily makes up for it with a spacious interior and third row seat that can hold two adults comfortably for a short drive. And then there’s the impressive fuel economy that the hybrid Infiniti QX60 that makes it an affordable vehicle for families. It gets 26 miles to the gallon in the city and 28 miles to the gallon on the highway, making this a great vehicle for day-to-day use.
2015 Honda Odyssey
This has been one of the best and most popular minivans for some time, and the 2015 Honda Odyssey is sure to keep this standing. This is one of the most affordable cars with 7 seats, coming in with a base price of less than $30,000. While the 19 miles per gallon in the city isn’t as great as some of the other vehicles in this list, but the 28 miles per gallon on the highway and long list of comfy features make this an easy contender. Power-operated doors, power lift-gate, DVD player, collisions warning system, and the amazing built-in HondaVac vacuüm make this a great vehicle for families, especially with younger children.
2015 Ford Transit Connect Wagon
This is the best luxury crossover of 2015, with an exterior resembling a minivan, but an interior that is spacious and one of the most comfortable ford 7 passenger vehicles. The 2015 Ford Transit Connect Wagon gets 20 miles to the gallon in the city and 28 miles to the gallon on the highway. While that’s not as good of gas mileage as a compact vehicle may get, it’s important to consider that most SUV’s and minivans only get around 15 mpg. The Connect nearly doubles that, offering some of the best mileage available for a seven passenger vehicle.
2015 Tesla Model S
The odd one out, but very much worth mentioning. This is the leading car when it comes to plug-in electric cars, and features two child sized jump seats that fold up from the cargo floor. This makes the 2015 Tesla Model S one of the few electric cars that seat seven. It has a combined MPGe of 95 and can go 208 miles on a single charge. This is much further than most people travel in one day, which means you can go about your day without having to worry about needing to stop and let your car charge for an hour or two. Tesla is also working to expand their Supercharger network so longer trips (such as road trips) are possible.
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