2014's best people haulers

Carry 7 in comfort with these SUVs, vans and crossovers

To haul a crowd from here to there, you need a big ride with at least three rows of seats. We've sifted through scores of sport-utility vehicles, minivans and crossovers to find the ones most capable of carrying at least seven people in comfort and safety. While that never comes cheap, all of our favorites cost less than $45,000 and get at least 21 mpg in highway driving. They also earned the highest ratings in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) crash tests and an overall score of at least 69 (out of 100) from Consumer Reports. The magazine evaluates vehicles for owner satisfaction, reliability and cost of ownership — all things that are important to us and should be to you. Because all third-row seats aren't created equal, we've also highlighted rear-seat legroom numbers. (As a point of reference, the compact Honda Civic sedan has about 36 inches of rear-seat legroom.) These are 2014 models, and prices are for the specific version, or trim level, we recommend, including option packages and delivery charges.

By Russ Heaps
Interest.com Contributing Editor