Passenger vehicles provide the best value for your money. For several decades, Asian automakers have been the king of providing the best combination of refinement, affordability, comfort, convenience, and fuel economy. However, its American competitors are quickly catching up. Listed below are the top 8 passenger vehicles 2012.
The Honda Pilot is a huge, imposing vehicle. Its massive size makes this SUV perfect for hauling extended families, especially if you don’t like to drive minivans. Unfortunately, critics say the 2012 dashboard update is complicated to use and the brakes feel rather weak for such a large vehicle. Overall however, the Pilot has earned overwhelming praise for its reasonable price and practicality.
SUV fans have no doubt heard about the Chevy Traverse. It has a reasonable price and better fuel economy than any 8 passenger vehicles. The engine is a V6 3.6-liter that is combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Traverse has a very comfortable interior and more than enough room to hold eight people. If you spend a little extra on 20-inch rims and a leather interior, you’ll have a SUV that’s classic enough to rival the Porsche Cayman or Lexus LX.
The Acadia costs $3,000 more than the Traverse, but that’ll give you a nicer interior and more comfortable ride. It uses the same V6 engine from the Traverse, but the Acadia has a little extra horsepower and torque. Overall, it is great for families who need lots of space and a comfortable interior.
The Armada is an absolute monster. This SUV is incredibly powerful, big, and capable of hauling a ton. It is more than capable of pulling caravans, yet it is also a versatile city vehicle. Due to its immense size, the Armada doesn’t have the best fuel economy, but that’s what you get for driving the biggest vehicle on the block. Just be sure to install a backup camera since parking such a large vehicle can quickly become a hassle.
Remember the Ford Excursion that died off in 2005? The Expedition is its replacement, featuring more seats, extended length, and extra safety options. The eight seats can be folded or moved around to provide room for extra storage. The Expedition is a truck-based utility vehicle, so it is not the most comfortable option for families.
Lexus LX 570
The LX 570 is an elegant SUV that is capable of both on-road and off-road environment. Its frame is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser, a famous off-road beast with legendary capabilities. The LX adds a bit of refinement to the Land Cruiser, making it the most versatile 8 passenger vehicle on the market.
Unfortunately, the LX’s price is larger than most people’s yearly income. If you can afford it however, the LX will not disappoint. Whether you need it for commuting your family every day or for weekend off-road trips, the LX will serve you well.