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8 seater SUV or Van - what are my top 3 options?

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8 seater SUV or Van - what are my top 3 options?

Looking for suggestions preferably under $55k (if possible) some top 3 options.
Mainly for personal use & Navigation is not must assuming I can save some cost.
Location: Toronto/Canada
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Try using search, I think it has been debated a lot. You have to have more criteria than price.
You are looking for Brand New? I think Honda Pilot is hard to beat - the 3rd row is actually useful and has lot of tech. Doesn't look too bad either. Reliability / Fuel Efficiency / Resale ... you get everything but luxury brand name.

VW is close favorite for new as well.
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If you actually need to use the 3rd row... Van.

I have a Highlander. 3rd row gets used infrequently - vehicle was bought for extra tow rating over what the minivan segment would provide.
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Feb 14, 2010
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Can't beat a minivan.
Kia Carnival, Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, and Toyota Sienna. Drive each one and see which one you like. Its just that simple.
All can be had for under $55k new and a lot cheaper used.
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My vote goes to the Toyota Sienna, roomy, reliable, comfortable, good fuel economy. Can be very equipped if you are willing the spend the money.
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Definitely a Sienna. It's the perfect 3 row fily vehicle. Incredible fuel economy with the new hybrid system, Toyota reliability, awd, and plenty of usable space with good features.

Downsides: expensive
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I'm in the same shoe and have been looking and trying almost all of them.
if money is not an issue, I would go with the ford expedition. But that is 80k at least. if money is a consideration, i would pick the hyundai palisade for SUV and Sienna for mini van.
for people above saying 3 row mid size SUV is too small, you definitely haven't try to sit on the third row of hyundai palisade, kia telluride or a jeep grand cherokee L. During my car shopping, i sat in the third row, moved 2nd row all the way to the back and let my wife test drive them. The 3 SUV I listed have more than enough room for an adult. (I'm 181 cm in height for reference).
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azraelluz wrote: I'm in the same shoe and have been looking and trying almost all of them.
if money is not an issue, I would go with the ford expedition. But that is 80k at least. if money is a consideration, i would pick the hyundai palisade for SUV and Sienna for mini van.
for people above saying 3 row mid size SUV is too small, you definitely haven't try to sit on the third row of hyundai palisade, kia telluride or a jeep grand cherokee L. During my car shopping, i sat in the third row, moved 2nd row all the way to the back and let my wife test drive them. The 3 SUV I listed have more than enough room for an adult. (I'm 181 cm in height for reference).
All 3 mentioned are basically brand new non established models.

No interest here.
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Nov 9, 2012
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The answer is always van if you need the space, 2 row if not. It is ALWAYS going to be the more practical choice.

I went with the Sienna because I care about the cost at the fuel pump much more so than power. Second option would have been a Pacifica (although Chrysler makes me nervous), then toss up between Odyssey and the Carnival.
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OP, how often do you foresee needing the third row? If you don't care about the stigma of driving a "mini" van then get it for sure. They are just so much more practical it's really no comparison.

If however you only need the third row once or twice per year and prefer the SUV look then as mentioned the Pilot is a decent option.
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Minivans in this order:
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (PHEV) - qualifies for $5,000 in federal incentives and by far is the most fuel efficient 7-seater you can buy if you're diligent about plugging it in. 5,000km per tank of fuel isn't impossible in 3 seasons.
Toyota Sienna Hybrid
Kia Carnival (the least fuel efficient van)
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Rob_EV wrote: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (PHEV) - qualifies for $5,000 in federal incentives and by far is the most fuel efficient 7-seater you can buy if you're diligent about plugging it in.
And yet still falls one seat shy....
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KevinM56081 wrote: And yet still falls one seat shy....
Well, the Carnival can be bought with 11 seats......but I think you actually have to import the 4-row version from India. Literally a travelling circus on wheels.

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Rob_EV wrote: Well, the Carnival can be bought with 11 seats......but I think you actually have to import the 4-row version from India. Literally a travelling circus on wheels.

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An 11 passenger Carnival is totally irrelavent to the Canadian OP.

To get 8 seats in the pacifica you mentioned the OP would have to drop the hybrid option.
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KevinM56081 wrote: An 11 passenger Carnival is totally irrelavent to the Canadian OP.

To get 8 seats in the pacifica you mentioned the OP would have to drop the hybrid option.
Terrible.....drop the extra passenger ;)
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Rob_EV wrote: Terrible.....drop the extra passenger ;)
Yeah. Some parents probably wish they did that jn life....
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If you have heavy bulky cargo and or small children or the elderly the lower load floor or height of a minivan makes loading and unloading much easier. I didn't used to care when I was younger but these days I appreciate anything that makes me life easier.

I've driven a lot of SUVs and minivans and for convenience (and in many cases value) it's hard to beat a minivan over an SUV.

My pick is the Sienna> ody> used Caravan provided it's cheap enough

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