You’ve seen the stickers on the back of Suburbans everywhere. You know the ones, the little caricatures of each family member happily bouncing soccer balls or petting a puppy.
There’s usually a mom, a dad, 4 kids or more and two pets. Presumably they are all in the vehicle at the same time, and I’d almost guarantee they aren’t nearly as happy as their sticker-selves represent.
A lot of crying and yelling happens in the back of those Suburbans, I’m just sayin’.
For large families in need of a 7+-passenger vehicle, the choices are surprisingly ample. Expensive, but ample.
I really do miss the days of the traditional station wagon. The long and low vehicles with room for 6 people before even accessing the rear-facing “way back” seats were a staple of my childhood. I wish my kids could experience them. Instead, we have modern SUVs with cramped front-facing third-row seats that position children close enough to bite each other’s ears off.
I find myself in the position of maybe needing a car that can hold 6-7 people, but I really don’t want to buy new. I need something that can handle winter weather and keep kids comfortable enough that they don’t pass the time by pinching one another.
A Suburban might make sense, but 13 miles per gallon does not. Plus, the affordable ones I find have 150,000 miles or more. That’s a lot for an older Chevy engine!
I’m a huge fan of Subaru, and I like the Tribeca, but only the 2008 model year and up, which makes them more expensive.
A minivan is out of the question, mostly because I require all-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive. I also require not having a minivan.
I’ve owned a Honda Pilot in the past, and I’d consider getting another if the right used deal came along.
So far in my research, I’ve found that it’s hard to find a used AWD 7-passenger vehicle with under 150,000 miles and priced below $10,000. So that’s where you come in:
What’s your favorite AWD 7-passenger vehicle?