Best 7 passenger vehicles

Acura MDX

Price: $44,175
Mileage: 16 mpg city/21 highway/18 combined
Seats: 7
CR Score: 85

The only true luxury vehicle among our selections, the Acura MDX is also the most expensive and powerful. There are two more expensive versions with even more technology and amenities, but the base MDX has a ton of popular features. It places in the bottom half of our favorites for third-row legroom and behind-the-seats cargo room. But it's comfortable and fun to drive, with top-notch craftsmanship and leather seats. With the next-generation MDX in the pipeline, Acura didn't make any changes for 2013, but it also means dealers will probably offer really good deals on it about the time the redesigned 2014 goes on sale this summer. MDX comes with a 300-hp 3.7-liter V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. We also included it as one of our picks because of its standard all-wheel drive and long list of standard equipment, including a power liftgate and sunroof.