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This is the segment that is full of vehicles that are not just typical family haulers, but also offers impressive performances, whether it’s about comfort or off-road ride. The next year will be as interesting, considering that there are numerous interesting novelties to come.
When it comes to big changes, GM brings a completely redesigned lineup. Also, the all-new Land Cruiser is expected to come soon. On the other side, some models will receive mid-cycle updates, while others will remain pretty much the same. In any case, the list of amazing large SUVs will be impressive, so we present you the best 8-seater SUVs for 2021:
Many consider this model a class leader and given the fact that the current generation has been around for just a couple of years, we are pretty sure that the 2021 Ford Expedition will come without any particular change. This SUV offers an impressive amount of space, a muscular turbocharged engine and a decent list of standard equipment.
However, the competition is getting tougher these days. Chevy Tahoe and it’s long-wheelbase counterpart Suburban are coming completely redesigned in the next year, so there is a big chance to see the 2022 model year with significant updates. Meanwhile, you may count on familiar design characteristics.
The Pilot attracts a wide range of buyers for a reason. It is one of the most versatile mid-size crossovers around, which offers a decent amount of space, decent performances and lots of standard equipment. It doesn’t stand out in any way, but it’s not subpar in any aspect either. Still, the current generation ain’t a spring chicken, so the company has prepared several updates for the 2021 model year.
The biggest novelty is the new Special Edition model, which comes with a variety of exclusive styling details. It slots between EX and Touring trim. Also, the 9-speed transmission will become standard across the whole range, as well as paddle shifter and dual-zone automatic climate control. The price is also slightly higher and no starts around 33.300 dollars.
If you’re looking for a no-nonsense SUV, the 2021 Toyota Sequoia would be a perfect choice. It’s been around for 12 years and despite the age, it still feels competitive, especially if you don’t care about fuel economy too much. It is a fantastic family hauler, which offers one of the biggest cargo areas in the class, as well as a pretty respectable max towing capacity. At the same time, it’s a pretty decent off-roader.
For the next year, the Japanese manufacturer won’t offer too many changes. Still, we are about to see a new Nightshade model, which will be some kind of a special version, characterized by loads of exclusive styling details. Other major changes are not expected.
The 2021 Nissan Armada is coming with a lot of novelties for the next year. We are about to see a mid-cycle refresh of the model that has been around since 2016 but which is essentially the same vehicle as Patrol, which rides in the current form for a full decade. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that we are talking about probably the most fun full-size SUV to drive on the market.
The upcoming update will bring a completely new face, the same one we’ve recently seen on Patrol. This includes new headlights, bumper and many more details. Changes are expected on the inside, where we count on a new 9-speed touchscreen that debuted recently in the refreshed Titan. Finally, count on a slight power boost, so a max output will now go around 400 horsepower.
The 2021 Nissan Armada is coming completely redesigned. This overhaul brings improvements in pretty much every aspect. Some of the things that really impress are a new platform, which saves hundreds of pounds, as well as an independent rear suspension. The latter ensures a much higher level of comfort and significantly increases cargo volume.
Of course, there is a completely new interior design, along with loads of new tech features. The engine lineup includes two familiar V8 gasoline engines, with 355 and 420 horsepower, while a familiar 3.0-liter turbodiesel has been added to the lineup as well. The new model starts around 49.000 dollars and it is still significantly cheaper than its key rival, Ford Expedition.
Just like the smaller sibling, the 2021 Chevy Suburban also comes completely redesigned. Changes are pretty much the same as for Tahoe, though this SUV feels even more impressive, thanks to the stretched wheelbase. As a result, it offers class-leading numbers in terms of cargo capacity, as well as even more legroom in all three rows of seats.
Of course, this redesign also brings the new styling, which is heavily based on the new Silverado 1500. The dashboard is pretty much the same as in Tahoe and utilizes fine-quality materials along with a long list of standard and available equipment. The engine lineup is the same as for Tahoe, while the starting price goes around 51.700 dollars.
The whole GM full-size SUV lineup received a redesign for the next year, so the 2021 GMC Yukon is no exception. Just like Tahoe, the new model rides on a longer wheelbase, which provides more legroom, especially in the third row. The cargo area is also significantly bigger but that’s not the only reason why we like the new independent rear suspension. It also provides superior comfort, while the handling feels better as well.
We also like the new interior design, which looks significantly better compared to the previous models. For the first time, the flagship Denali trim doesn’t come with exclusive styling details only, but with a completely different dashboard design as well. Under the hood, a new turbodiesel joins two familiar V8 units.
When it comes to Chevrolet Traverse, the next year won’t be particularly interesting. We are about to see no bigger changes and the next model year will carry on with the same design that has been introduced two years ago. This means you may count on a vehicle that is a perfect family hauler, which offers plenty of space for passengers and cargo, as well as a pretty smooth and quiet ride.
On the other side, many rivals feel more energetic and come with more standard safety features. A good thing to know is that the 2022 model year will come with significant updates in various aspects. So, if you’re not in a hurry, waiting for another year might be a smart move.
The super-practical Ascent has been around for less than two years. So, it seems pretty obvious that the 2021 Subaru Ascent will feature no bigger changes. We are about to see the same design, which has so many great things to offer. Besides the company’s unparalleled AWD system, you may count on a spacious and very functional interior, which features high-quality materials as well. Furthermore, the list of standard and available features is impressive, especially in terms of safety.
Under the hood, you may count on the same 2.4-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. This is a quite respectable amount of power but the best thing about this engine is that it offers a very good fuel economy. 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway sound great for an AWD crossover of this power.
Although some previous reports were suggesting a complete redesign and return to a body-on-frame platform, it looks like that won’t happen so soon. The next generation of this mid-size SUV won’t come in the next couple of years. Instead, we are about to see a nice refresh. The focus will be on the styling, so you may count on a completely new face.
Other than the new styling, we count on important updates under the hood. First of all, a 5.7-liter V8 should come coupled with a mild hybrid system. Furthermore, some sources suggest the addition of the Hellcat version to the lineup, which would feature a monstrous 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that puts out more than 700 horsepower.
This is a brand-new model that has arrived just recently. Therefore, we don’t expect to see any notable change for the next year. The current model is fresh and amazing in many aspects. We particularly like the look of both exterior and interior, while the amount of space is pretty impressive as well. After all, we are talking about Kia’s biggest vehicle ever made.
When it comes to drawbacks, the major one goes to suspension, as many rivals feel more agile. On the other side, the comfort is excellent, while we particularly like the fact that this is one of the rare mid-size SUVs that comes with three seats in the third row. The next year will probably bring just a couple of additions to the list of standard equipment. Things under the hood are about to remain the same.
Just like the Telluride, this mid-size SUV has also arrived last year. We were all impressed with the level of luxury this model has brought and it looks like things will be even better in the next year. Allegedly, we are about to see a new range-topping trim level called Calligraphy. Besides more features on the list of standard equipment, this model will be characterized by exclusive styling and interior details as well.
On the other side, the rest of the lineup will carry on in the same way. This means you may count on an SUV that offers a high level of luxury, excellent comfort and plenty of space in all three rows. A 3.8-liter V6 with 291 horsepower will remain the only powertrain option available.
The complete overhaul of GM SUVs includes premium models as well. So, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade also received a complete overhaul. It comes with significant improvements in various aspects, so we can say that Navigator will finally get run for its money.
The first thing you’ll notice is a completely new design, based on the Escala concept. Also, the interior is completely new and brings significant improvement in terms of quality. Besides impressive materials, it is also highlighted by three integrated screens. The new model offers more space, as well as loads of standard and available tech goodies. Among them, you can also find Super Cruise, which is one of the most advanced semi-autonomous driving systems on the market.
Despite the arch-rival Escalade is coming completely redesigned, the 2021 Lincoln Navigator won’t feature any particular change. That’s not a bad thing at all, as we are talking about one of the finest luxury SUVs on the market. Besides plenty of space and the amount of luxury that completely hides Navigator’s truck roots, you may also count on a super comfortable ride, as well as on the impressive list of standard and available features.
Still, the thing we like most about this SUV is that excellent twin-turbo V6 engine, which puts out petty impressive 450 horsepower. That’s more than enough for great dynamics, while the 10-speed automatic transmission works great as well. The 2021 Lincoln Navigator should arrive sometime late in the year.
Toyota Land Cruiser
One of the biggest news in the SUV world is the arrival of the all-new Land Cruiser. The current generation of the ultimate go-anywhere model has been around for way too long and this overhaul feels more than needed. However, it looks like that the August premier is for the smaller, international version only. On the other side, the full-size North American version will probably come next year.
This means that you may count on a familiar SUV, which offers an impressive combination of luxury, reliability and excellent off-road ratings. Such a combination makes it one of a kind, but there are numerous drawbacks as well, unfortunately. This refers to poor fuel economy, lack of smartphone integration, cramped third row etc. Therefore, it may be better for you for another year and get an all-new model.
The even more luxurious SUV from Lexus definitely won’t receive a complete overhaul for the next year. Therefore, the 2021 Lexus LX will carry on with familiar design characteristics, which means you may count on an excellent off-roader, with unparalleled reliability ratings. Despite the little bit outdated design, the cabin offers impressive build quality, while the muscular V8 engine ensures a pretty convenient ride.
On the other side, the list of complaints is similar to the one that goes for the Land Cruiser. This means poor fuel economy, tight back seats and lack of modern connectivity features. Given the lack of changes, the 2021 model year should arrive sometime late in the year with the starting price around 87.000 dollars.
The current generation of this full-size luxury SUV has been around for a full decade and while it may not be the most refined model in the class, it definitely has a lot of amazing things to offer. First of all, it offers impressive driving characteristics and a pretty capable engine. Also, the last-year update has brought a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and other tech goodies.
The cabin isn’t spectacularly luxurious but does a decent job, especially if we consider the low starting price. On the other side, the engine seems a little bit thirsty, while below-average reliability rating could be a potential issue.