Best 7 passenger vehicles

Honda Odyssey EX

Price: $32,655
Mileage: 18 mpg city/27 highway/21 combined
Seats: 8
CR Score: 83

In our book, minivans are still the best way to haul people or stuff. Our only nit to pick with the Odyssey is that, unlike some competitors with fold-flat second- and third-row seats, the Honda's second-row seat must be removed to get a flat cargo floor. But we are talking people haulers here, and the versatility of the Odyssey EX's second row seat — particularly for families — made it a shoe-in for this list. It can accommodate three side-by-side car seats, and the middle section slides forward more than five inches to place a child within easy reach of front-seat occupants. You may not feel cool driving it around, but it has the most third-row legroom and cargo-carrying space behind the third row among our favorites. Its 3.5-liter V6 delivers 248 hp to the front wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission. We chose the EX trim because it features automatic headlights, power-sliding side doors and tri-zone automatic climate control.