Best 7 passenger vehicles
Dodge Durango SXT
Mileage: 16 mpg city/23 highway/19 combined
CR Score: 65
Not only is it the most affordable of our people haulers, Durango also is on this list for drivers who want a healthy helping of rugged along with practicality. Durango is arguably the most macho looking of our picks. It falls in the middle of the pack when it comes to third-row legroom and cargo space with all seats in place. A 290-hp 3.6-liter V6 delivers power to the rear wheels by way of a five-speed automatic transmission. The SXT is fairly well-equipped, with a tilting-telescoping steering wheel and remote keyless entry. But to make the Durango really livable, we recommend the $1,495 Popular Equipment Group option that adds sought-after accessories like a 6.5-inch touch-screen display, 40 GB hard-drive music storage and Chrysler's Uconnect system, which provides Bluetooth connectivity, iPod interface and voice recognition, as well as enhanced safety features, such as rear-park sensors.