Trying to tote your spouse and kids and gear around is good enough reason to look at the best family cars with 7 seats. The good news is that there are plenty of excellent choices available in the marketplace today. Each has their own compelling features, including roominess, available options, safety and technology, fuel economy, styling and price. Here we look at just a sampling of the best family cars with 7 seats.

2012 Ford FlexWith its retro exterior styling that you either love or hate, there’s no denying that the 2012 Ford Flex is about the

roomiest and most spacious midsize crossovers available. The second and third row seats are especially roomy and comfortable, most particularly in the third row, which often is suitable only for children in some competitive products. With its impressive list of standard features, optional four-panel Vista Roof and available EcoBoost engine option, the 2012 Ford Flex is an excellent family choice. Consumer Guide raves, “Regardless of which trim suits your fancy, Flex delivers good handling and refinement and overall behavior. This is a people mover that merits our approval.”

2012 Dodge DurangoAll-new last year, the 2012 Dodge Durango keeps things fresh with a new six-speed transmission matched with optional 5.7-liter V-8 engine. Base powerplant is the Pentastar V-6 engine. Seating for seven in three rows offers families a great deal of roominess, comfort and cargo capacity. AOL Autos says the Durango has “stable handling and impressive good looks,” along with a “quiet, roomy and comfortable cabin.” Starting price for the base SXT model is $28,995 with rear-wheel drive and $30,995 with all-wheel drive.

2012 Chevrolet TraverseContinuing unchanged from the 2011 model year, the 2012 Chevrolet Travers seats seven or eight

passengers, depending on configuration. The Traverse will be redesigned for the 2013 model year, but for now, the current model is a terrific family value. Split-folding seats in the second and third row give families flexibility to adapt the vehicle on the fly. The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse has earned a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The spacious crossover SUV carries a starting price of $29,430 and will be available in dealerships soon.

2012 Chrysler Town & Country – Families of seven have comfort, space and versatility galore in the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country minivan, which continues virtually unchanged from its redesign last year. With second-row Stow ‘n Go seating, the second-row bucket seats can be folded flat into the floor, while the third-row split-bench (60/40) can be folded individually, into the floor, or flipped completely rearward for easy, tailgate seating. Pricing for all this family space and convenience starts at $29,995 for the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country Touring.

Still undecided? Other best family cars with 7 seats would have to include the 2012 Toyota Sienna minivan and the 2012 Toyota Highlander SUV (also available as a Hybrid) and any number of other crossovers and SUVs.

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