Today’s big SUVs are smarter, cooler, and better equipped than ever before
Remember those gigantic, old-school 7-seat SUVs you used to ride in? Those weren’t much more than pickup trucks with extra seats and a roof tacked on. Things sure have changed since then—the 7-passenger SUVs of 2020 come with an awesome array of standard features and optional equipment. Here are some noteworthy examples to consider.
2020 Subaru Ascent Cupholders
The Ascent is the newest and largest 3-row SUV from Subaru. Even with every seat—up to 8—taken, occupants will never go thirsty. Why? 19 cupholders. That’s right, 19. Thereby at least 2.375 cupholders are devoted to each passenger, providing space for gallons of cola, kombucha, coffee, kefir, or whatever other beverage might quench their palates.
2020 Hyundai Palisade USB Ports
The Palisade is the new flagship 7-passenger SUV from Hyundai. Mobile devices are becoming integral to driving, and in that regard the Palisade is prepared. The elegant brute has 7 USB charging ports, 3 in the front row and 2 in each row behind. For middle-row riders, they’re cleverly integrated into the first-row seatbacks so cables won’t get yanked. Thanks to this abundance, squabbles over who needs phone juice should be eliminated in the Palisade.
2020 BMW X7 Sunroof
The X7 is BMW’s impressively quick new 7-passenger SUV. Up its wow factor with the Panoramic Sky Lounge LED Roof. With this option, glass panels span much of the 7-passenger BMW’s roof, helping the cabin feel more spacious. The panels are detailed with thousands of etchings, which refract color-selectable LED lights to give the interior a unique ambiance. Combine that with the optional 20-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and the X7 begins to resemble a rolling nightclub.
2020 Kia Telluride Speakers
The Telluride is the stylish new 7-passenger SUV from Kia, and parents will love its ingenious Rear Seat Quiet Mode feature. Enabling it mutes the rear-seat speakers, so the kids can nap while front-seat occupants enjoy some tunes. The cabin is impressively quiet no matter the mode, making it easy for rear-seat riders to catch some Zs.
2020 Lincoln Navigator Front Seats
Lincoln’s longstanding 7-passenger SUV, the Navigator, is as luxurious as anything on the road. Passengers come and passengers go, but the driver’s seat will remain most occupied. In that regard this Lincoln appeals to its, um, navigator with optional 30-way adjustable Perfect Position front seats. In addition to expected movements, these thrones allow a mind-boggling range of adjustability like 2-zone bolstering, left and right thigh support, fore and aft seat bottom height—oh, they massage too. Once you find your perfect position in the Navigator, you may not want to get out.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class Suspension
The all-new 2020 GLS-Class is the largest 7-passenger SUV from Mercedes-Benz. Its optional E-Active Body Control (EABC) leverages the 48-volt electrical system to deliver comfort over all surface types. At each corner, a combination of an air spring and electro-hydraulic damper uses an independent hydraulic pump to control wheel travel. The result is a ride that’s sensationally smooth no matter what the tires are passing over. On the road, EABC provides S-Class-esque serenity, and it presents distinct advantages off-road, too.
2020 Chevrolet Suburban Cargo Capacity
The Suburban is the biggest 3-row SUV from Chevrolet. Of all the SUVs listed here, it’s the most like the gigantic, enclosed pickups of old. Although its drive is ponderous and its features outdated, the Suburban’s sheer size enables cavernous cargo space in addition to passenger capacity. Some 7-passenger SUVs don’t offer a ton of space behind their third row, unlike the Suburban: Its 39.3 cubic feet rivals the total cargo volume of some compact crossovers. A maximum of 121.1 cubic feet with the rear 2 rows folded approaches some metropolitan apartments.
7 Coolest Features in 7-Passenger SUVs of 2020
- 2020 Subaru Ascent: Cupholders
- 2020 Hyundai Palisade: USB Ports
- 2020 BMW X7: Sunroof
- 2020 Kia Telluride: Speakers
- 2020 Lincoln Navigator: Front Seats
- 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class: Suspension
- 2020 Chevrolet Suburban: Cargo Capacity