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2012 Eight-Passenger Family Vehicles


 

2012 Chevrolet Traverse

2012 Chevrolet Traverse

Whether your family consists of two adults and six children, or one adult and seven children, or a mix of adults and older children totaling eight, you need a good-sized vehicle in order to carry them all. What are your choices? We take a look at some of the 2012 eight-passenger family vehicles on the market.

2012 Chevrolet Traverse

With a starting price that begins at $29,430, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse crossover SUV goes one better than just seating for seven: the Traverse seats up to eight passengers. But the Traverse is more than a simple people-carrier, offering an EPA-estimated 24 mpg highway fuel economy, split-folding second- and third-row seats offering easy adaptability and flexibility, third-row seats that comfortably accommodate adults, and available rear DVD entertainment system. The Traverse also boasts a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

While we’re at it, we have to mention two other crossovers in the GM stable from Buick and GMC, the 2012 Buick Enclave and the 2012 GMC Acadia – both built on the same architecture, both with seating for up to eight, and both with five-star NHTSA overall ratings and IIHS Top Safety Pick designations. The 2012 Buick Enclave starts at $36,600 while the 2012 GMC Acadia and Acadia Denali begin at $32,000 and $43,380, respectively.

2012 Honda Odyssey

2012 Honda Odyssey

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2012 Honda Odyssey

When it comes to family fun, there can be no doubt that the 2012 Honda Odyssey can take parents and kids there in style and comfort. With seating for up to eight passengers, the Odyssey, redesigned in 2011, has more nooks and crannies for storage than you can readily count, plus strong performance from the 248-horsepower V-6 engine, EPA-rated 28 mpg highway fuel economy, a practical interior, and knockout surround-sound system in the Touring Elite. Strong safety scores are a plus, with the 2012 Odyssey earning a five-star NHTSA overall rating and IIHS Top Safety Pick designation (for the 2011 model). The 2012 Honda Odyssey comes in five models: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Touring Elite. Base prices begin at $28,225 (LX) up to $43,675 (Touring Elite).

2012 Honda Pilot

2012 Honda Pilot

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2012 Honda Pilot

If a Honda minivan isn’t in the cards for your family needs, but you do want a Honda, definitely check out the redesigned 2012 Honda Pilot mid-size SUV. For 2012, the Pilot eight-passenger SUV sports a new three-bar horizontal front grille, some new paint colors and wheel design – along with “significant” interior upgrades. The three-row crossover is more fuel efficient than before, thanks to the 250-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine with variable cylinder management paired with five-speed automatic transmission, resulting in EPA-rated 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway fuel economy. The 2012 Honda Pilot, available in two- and four-wheel drive configurations, comes in four models: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Starting base price for the 2WD LX is $28,470, up to $40,820 for the 4WD Touring.

2012 Infiniti QX56

2012 Infiniti QX56

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2012 Infiniti QX56

With its 60/40 split-folding third row and available fold-down second-row bench seats, the 2012 Infiniti QX56 full-size luxury SUV can accommodate multiple family needs for cargo and carrying up to eight passengers. With both second- and third-row seats folded down, there’s 95.1 cubic feet of cargo space on a virtually flat floor area. Leather seating, heated front seats, 13-speaker premium Bose audio system and navigation system are standard. Powered by a 400-horsepower 5.6-liter V-8 engine with the maximum towing capacity of 8,500 pounds, the Infiniti QX56 has a host of standard and available safety technology, including blind spot warning, lane departure prevention, intelligent brake assist, forward collision warning, distance control, and more. Available in 2WD and Infiniti All-Mode 4WD, the 2012 Infiniti QX56 starts at $58,700 and $61,800, respectively.

Other full-size SUVs with eight-passenger seating include:

-      2012 Nissan Armada

-      2012 Toyota Sequoia, Land Cruiser

-      2012 Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon

-      2012 Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon XL

-      2012 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade Hybrid  

-      2012 Ford Expedition, Expedition EL

 

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