These vehicles offer comfort, space, and plenty of features.

Best SUVs with 3 Rows | CarMax

A three-row SUV is a convenient way to haul you, your family, and all your cargo for quick excursions around town or long trips across the country. Whether you need a feature-rich luxury model or you're happy with a base model, there are lots of options to choose from.

To help you, we've compiled this list of the 15 best three-row SUVs for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax vehicle sales data from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020.

  1. Cadillac Escalade
  2. Chevrolet Suburban
  3. Dodge Durango
  4. Buick Enclave
  5. Acura MDX
  6. Chevrolet Traverse
  7. Chevrolet Tahoe
  8. Honda Pilot
  9. Kia Sorento
  10. Infiniti QX60
  11. Dodge Journey
  12. Nissan Pathfinder
  13. GMC Acadia
  14. Toyota Highlander
  15. Ford Explorer


Cadillac Escalade

15 Best 3-Row SUVs for 2020: Reviews, Photos, and More: Cadillac Escalade | CarMax

If you're in the market for an SUV that's versatile and spacious, the Cadillac Escalade delivers an elegant and quiet interior and fits all of your luggage for an epic family road trip. Every 2017–2019 comes with a 6.2L V8 engine that generates a formidable 420 hp with 460 lb-ft of torque mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Expect these features from 2017–2019 Cadillac Escalades:

  • RWD is standard, and 4WD is optional
  • Traction and stability control with trailer sway control
  • Hands-free, power-operated liftgate
  • Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Bluetooth® connectivity


Chevrolet Suburban

Best 3-Row SUVs of 2020: Chevrolet Suburban 1500 | CarMax

The Chevrolet Suburban is known as a great companion for camping trips with your large families. Based on the blueprint of the popular Chevrolet Silverado pickup, the Suburban seats up to nine plus an impressive amount of cargo space. The 2017–2019 models of the Chevrolet Suburban are powered by a 5.3L V8 and are available with 2WD or 4WD. With 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, which is certainly enough for the get-up-and-go you need on the highway whether the Suburban is packed with people and cargo or just you.

Take a look at some of the standard features the base 2017-2019 Suburban has to offer:

  • When properly equipped, towing capacity is an estimated 8,300 lbs with the 5.3L V8.1
  • Cloth upholstery with power-adjustable front seats.
  • Five USB ports.
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel.


Dodge Durango

Best 3-Row SUVs of 2020: Dodge Durango | CarMax

A powerful engine and a muscular ride are hallmarks of the Dodge Durango, which seats up to seven and contains a standard 3.6L V6 under the hood (2017-2019 model years). The interior is spacious and the seating generous. The base model of 2017-2019 Durangos boasts 290 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque; RWD is standard, and AWD is optional. If you like assertive, confident acceleration and off-roading chops, the Durango could be a great fit for you.

For model years 2017–2019, the base model Dodge Durango includes the following:

  • Five-inch touchscreen
  • Rearview camera
  • Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • 60/40 split-folding and reclining second-row seat


Buick Enclave

Best 3-Row SUVs of 2020: Buick Enclave | CarMax

The Buick brand works hard to ensure that its SUVs are a blend of good old-fashioned svelte body lines and modern ingenuity. The Enclave, in particular, is a favorite for families looking for seating for either up to seven on the base model or eight on the Premium and above trims. This SUV is a terrific blend of ease and elegance with standard features you'd look for in a luxury brand. The great thing about the Enclave is that you get all of that plus a comfort-tuned suspension and gorgeous interior for a competitive price.

Buick Enclaves from model years 2017–2019 include features like:

  • Power liftgate
  • Cruise control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen


Acura MDX

Best 3-Row SUVs of 2020: Acura MDX | CarMax

Choosing an Acura MDX from 2017–2019 means plush comfort and streamlined technology. This seven-passenger SUV is impressively equipped, standard, with five USB ports and heated front seats with adjustable lumbar support. A 3.5L V6 comes with the base model MDX or you might opt for the available 3.0L V6 hybrid if you'd like a bit of electric power. You and your passengers will find that Acura's crossover feels even bigger inside than it looks outside with fold-flat seats and storage options throughout.

Thinking about a 2017–2019 Acura MDX? These features are standard:

  • Auto-LED headlights with automatic high beams
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Eight-speaker sound system

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Chevrolet Traverse

Best 3 Row SUVs of 2020: Chevrolet Traverse | CarMax

Chevrolet gave the three-row Traverse a facelift in 2018, adding three inches of legroom to the second row. It also shed nearly 400 pounds of weight, freeing up the 3.6L V6 to get you going quickly. For model years 2017–2019, the Traverse seats up to eight passengers comfortably, and trim levels range from the base L to the nicely-equipped High Country version.

The base model of 2017–2019 Chevrolet Traverses include:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity
  • Rearview camera
  • LED running lights


Chevrolet Tahoe

Best 3 Row SUVs of 2020: Chevrolet Tahoe | CarMax

Named after the gorgeous lake with the same name, Chevrolet's Tahoe is an excellent choice for adventure-loving families. First launched in 1995, the fourth generation of the Tahoe debuted in 2015 and includes a list of features to delight everyone inside. Boasting a big 5.3L V8 making 355 hp, the Tahoe base model from model years 2017–2019 can tow an estimated 8,600 pounds when properly equipped.1

Does the Tahoe sound appealing to you? Check out standard features for 2017–2019 models:

  • 60/40 split-folding second- and third-row bench seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Trailer-hitch receiver with wiring harness
  • Side steps and roof rails


Honda Pilot

Best 3 Row SUVs of 2020: Honda Pilot | CarMax

Honda's much-admired three-row SUV is jam-packed with driver-assist features and thoughtful interior touches. The practical Honda Pilot from model years 2017–2019 is not only practical, it's a terrific choice for families seeking a spacious, comfortable interior and an effortless driving experience. When properly equipped, 2017–2019 Honda Pilots can also tow an estimated 5,000 pounds with ease.1

Standard features of 2017–2019 Honda Pilots include:

  • Cruise control
  • Rearview camera
  • Five-inch touchscreen
  • Seven-speaker audio system


Kia Sorento

Best 3 Row SUVs of 2020: Kia Sorento | CarMax

Powered by clever and effective engineering, Kia's three-row Sorento has a lot to offer in a handsome package. Wherever you're headed, the Sorento is raring to go and can comfortably transport you, your passengers, and your cargo—from groceries to golf clubs—in style. For model years 2017 and 2018, the Kia Sorento is available with a 185 hp 2.4L four-cylinder engine, a 240 hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder, and a 290 hp 3.3L V6. In 2019, the brand dropped the 2.0L engine and kept the standard 2.4L and optional 3.3L v6.

For model years 2017–2019, the Kia Sorento LX includes:

  • Two fast-charge USB ports
  • Sound-reducing windshield
  • Roof rails
  • 4.3-inch touchscreen interface


Infiniti QX60

Best 3 Row SUVs of 2020: Infiniti QX60 | CarMax

Kicking off the top five is the midsize luxury Infiniti QX60. The three-row QX60 comes standard with a 3.5L V6 outputting 295 hp for model years 2017–2019. Meanwhile, a 2.5L hybrid engine producing 250 hp is available for 2017 models. The QX60 also comes standard with FWD or optional AWD. Other standard features on the base-model 2019 Infiniti QX60 Pure include:

  • Eight-inch central touchscreen display
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Sunroof
  • 60/40-split folding second row and 50/50-split folding third row
  • Driver aids such as blind-spot monitoring and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking

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Dodge Journey

Best 3 Row SUVs of 2020: Dodge Journey | CarMax

Appealingly shaped and travel-ready, the Dodge Journey for model years 2017–2019 offers a long list of features and seating for seven. Heading to the beach? You and your passengers will enjoy the thoughtful nooks and crannies for extra storage. Taking a trip to the mountains? Standard AWD can tackle tough terrain. Sporty handling and a suspension that cushions you from bumps in the road is a great touch, too. Available in four trim levels, the Journey has a little something for everyone, and it's the base SE trim that made our list at number five.

The Dodge Journey SE for model years 2017–2019 includes:

  • 4.3-inch touchscreen interface and six-speaker sound system
  • USB port
  • Cruise control
  • Sliding and reclining second-row seat


Nissan Pathfinder

Best 3-Row SUVs of 2020: Nissan Pathfinder | CarMax

Off-road ready and rugged, the Nissan Pathfinder seats up to seven. This SUV has been around since 1986 and is better than ever for model years 2017–2019, placing it in the top four on our list. The base model Pathfinder includes a nice set of interior amenities like a 60/40-split reclining, sliding and folding second-row seat. Plus, all Pathfinders from 2017–2019 can tow up to an estimated 6,000 pounds with the base 3.5L V6, when properly equipped.1 Take it a step up to the SV trim to upgrade your suite of driver-assist features; in 2019, adaptive cruise control became a standard feature for this level. You're going to love taking this versatile SUV for a fun drive anywhere you want to go.

Standard features on 2017–2019 Nissan Pathfinder SVs include:

  • Rear-privacy glass
  • Eight-way power driver seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror


GMC Acadia

Best 3-Row SUVs of 2020: GMC Acadia | CarMax

The 193 hp, 2.5L four-cylinder engine under the hood of the GMC Acadia is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission for model years 2017–2019, giving you all the power you need for this family favorite. You and up to six passengers will appreciate the generous cabin size and rocking six-speaker stereo on this SUV and a variety of upgrades are available to customize your experience. Toss your sports equipment, groceries, and beach gear in the back and you still have lots of room to chat and enjoy each other's company on trips with family and friends.

Check out the list of standard features for 2017–2019 GMC Acadias:

  • Daytime running lamps
  • Rear-seat alert
  • Seven-inch infotainment display
  • Tire-fill alert


Toyota Highlander

Best 3-Row SUVs of 2020: Toyota Highlander | CarMax

The second generation of the Highlander was launched in 2014 and received a refresh in 2017. Powering 2017–2019 Highlanders is a standard 2.7L four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Need more power? A peppy 3.5L V6 is available on the base trim and standard on all of the other five trim levels. For cargo, it's tough to beat the Highlander, which has a spacious 83.7 cu-ft of space with the second and third row folded down. Can't you just picture your furry family members comfortably lounging in the back?

All 2017–2019 Toyota Highlanders include:

  • 6.1-inch touchscreen
  • Rearview camera
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Five USB ports sprinkled through the cabin


Ford Explorer

Best 3-Row SUVs of 2020: Ford Explorer | CarMax

Drumroll, please. At the top of our list of 15 best three-row SUVs for 2020 shoppers is the venerable Ford Explorer. The cabin is quiet and relaxing for every drive, and the cargo space is substantial. For model years 2017–2019, Ford's midsize SUV includes three rows as standard, seating up to seven with a bench seat across the middle. Opting for captain's chairs reduces seating to six but gains even easier access to the third row.

You can get a base Explorer equipped with plenty of amenities or take it all the way to the top Platinum line for everything you dream of in an SUV. Ford Explorers from 2017–2019 include a 290 hp V6 that can tow up to an estimated 5,000 pounds when properly equipped; or you have the choice of the 280 hp EcoBoost four-cylinder option instead.1

Standard features for the Ford Explorer for model years 2017–2019 include:

  • Bluetooth capability
  • Rear climate controls
  • Rearview camera
  • Cruise control

As you can see, the options for three-row SUVs are plentiful with choices galore.

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1Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories
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