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The best SUVs offer an ideal balance of practicality, functionality, fun, and adventure. Whether you've got a growing family or are simply in need of a seven-passenger SUV with extra cargo space, an SUV with third-row seating is a great option for your next vehicle. After all, some three-row SUVs can even offer spacious seating for up to nine passengers, generous cargo space, and innovative features that'll make your time behind the wheel even more enjoyable.
If you need to narrow down options for the best seven-plus-seater SUV, you've come to the right place. Here's a list of our 15 best 3-row SUVs of 2019, based on CarMax vehicle and sales data from November 1, 2018 through April 20, 2019.
Boasting a sufficiently luxurious and roomy cabin, an intuitive infotainment system, a towing capacity of an estimated 6,200 pounds (for the 2018 model with the 3.6L V6, when properly equipped), the Dodge Durango has everything you want from a three-row SUV.1 The 2018 Durango is available in five trims: SXT, GT, Citadel, R/T, and SRT, with the entry-level SXT trim powered by a 3.6L V6 engine combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers 293 horsepower. Notable standard features include remote keyless entry, break-resistant glass, automatic dual-zone front air conditioning, rear air conditioning with separate controls, smart device integration, emergency communication system, and six speakers. Rear legroom measures at 38.6 inches, and third-row legroom 31.5 inches (2014–present).
Distinguished by its generous cargo space and comfortable seats, the Ford Flex is another three-row SUV that won't disappoint if you're looking for a roomy and convenient family vehicle. The 2018 Ford Flex comes standard with a 3.5L V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission—enough for 290 horsepower. You can choose between four trims and front- or all-wheel drive. Standard equipment in the 2018 model includes ABS and driveline traction control, child-seat-sensing airbags, rear parking sensors and electronic stability control with anti-roll. As far as convenience and entertainment are concerned, available smart device integration through Ford's SYNC® AppLink™ allows you to connect your devices to the vehicle's infotainment system and use it to access mobile apps via voice commands or steering-wheel-mounted controls.
One of the most appealing things about the Mitsubishi Outlander is the fact that all-wheel drive is available as an option on all trims. The 2018 model year comes standard with a 2.4L inline-four engine, delivering 166 horsepower across five trims. Front bucket seats, reclining rear seats, leather shift knob and six-way driver seat adjustment are standard features. A seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system and Bluetooth® connectivity also come standard. This is a great option if you're looking for a practical family mover.
The Chevrolet Tahoe is another excellent choice if you're looking for a large SUV capable of comfortably hauling up to seven people. The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe is available in three trims, with all of them equipped with a wide variety of standard features, such as a back-up camera, remote engine start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear parking aid, and cruise control. The 2018 and newer models of the Tahoe boast legroom of 24.8 inches. The 2018 model also offers some helpful standard tech features, such as a hands-free communications system. wireless smartphone connectivity, and front dual-zone air conditioning.
For larger families or groups with a need for maximized passenger space, the Honda Pilot is a serious contender. Most trims of this three-row SUV can seat not just seven but eight passengers comfortably (2018 and newer models). The first and second rows boast comfortable and roomy space, with 40.9 inches of front legroom and 38.4 inches of second-row legroom, while the third row is ideal for smaller passengers or adults on shorter road trips. If you go back a year, the 2017 Pilot is available in five trim levels, with all but the premium Elite trim being capable of seating eight passengers. You will also enjoy the ample standard features included in the base LX trim, such as a powerful 3.5L V6 engine, a rearview camera, and an impressive seven-speaker sound system.
Powered by a 3.6L V6 engine that produces 310 horsepower, the 2018 Buick Enclave is as powerful as it is spacious and comfortable. The 2018 and newer models offer tilt-and-slide access to third-row seats and a cargo capacity of up to 58 cubic feet with the seats folded (2018 and newer models). For your convenience, you'll also get a total of six USB ports, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, leather dashboard, and a telescoping-and-tilting steering wheel. Overall, the Buick Enclave leaves very little to be desired.
The 2018 Kia Sorento is a worthy contender in the three-row SUV market. If you are focused on finding a good-looking vehicle that will suit your space and cargo storage demands, look no further. For example, the 2017 Sorento is available in five different trim levels, as well as three different engine options, including the standard 2.4L four-cylinder. If you are looking for a practical SUV without all the bells and whistles, you'll love the base L trim, though even the next tier up will treat you to some premium features, such as a rearview camera and fast-charging USB ports. No matter which trim you choose, you'll enjoy nearly 74 cubic feet of available storage with the second and third rows folded up in 2017 and newer models.
If a luxury SUV with three rows of spacious seating is what you're looking for, the Acura MDX is the one for you. The 2018 model is spacious and versatile, and comes standard with a 3.5L V6 engine, and three trim options to choose from: Standard, Technology, and Advance. The base Standard trim offers features such as a sunroof, power liftgate, tri-zone climate control, leather upholstery, and a seven-inch touchscreen interface with smartphone integration. The 2018 MDX offers comfortable seating for up to seven passengers, though the third row may be best suited for children and smaller adults. All of this, combined with its smooth and quiet ride, make the 2018 Acura MDX a popular choice.
The 2018 Toyota Highlander is a three-row SUV that's great for families not just due to its size, but its numerous standard features and comfort. Depending on which of the six trims you select, you'll enjoy seating for seven to eight passengers, though many will want to upgrade to at least the LE Plus trim that comes with a more powerful V6 engine, a power liftgate, smartphone integration, and a large eight-inch touchscreen display. On the inside, you'll have plenty of space as well as comfortable seats. Combine all of this with a practical size for easy handling and steering, and you've got a great three-row SUV option for most families.
When you need maximum passenger and cargo space but don't want to sacrifice innovative features in the process, the second-generation (2018 to present) Chevrolet Traverse is definitely worth checking out. This three-row SUV comes in various configurations allowing comfortable seating for seven to eight adults. One of the top reasons to choose a 2018 or newer Traverse is its wide range of standard features, which include a rearview camera, sporty rear spoiler, turn-by-turn navigation directions, and smart device integration. Combine this with its abundant cabin storage and you've got yourself a winner.
If a spacious and comfortable interior is a top priority, the Infiniti QX60 is worth the test drive. This is an excellent option for growing families who want a sporty and stylish ride, along with the space and versatility that you would expect from a minivan. The third row is surprisingly roomy and the second-row features tilt-and-slide seats that are extremely convenient. Meanwhile, the interior itself is plush and comfortable for drivers and passengers alike. Standard features in the 2017 and newer models include 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, a rearview camera, a seven-inch touchscreen display, and tri-zone climate control for added comfort. Available options that might appeal to you include a panoramic roof, rear parking aid, a heated steering wheel, and remote engine start.
The GMC Acadia saw a total redesign in 2017, making it a fierce competitor in the full-size SUV market. The 2017 Acadia boasts an overall length of 193.6 inches and has a surprisingly spacious cabin. Slightly shorter in length than its 2016 model, you'll enjoy easier handling and maneuverability. Available in four trim levels, the 2017 to present Acadia has great standard features like large 17-inch wheels, a middle bench seat, and keyless ignition/entry. Drivers and passengers alike will also enjoy a seven-inch touchscreen display, rearview camera, and available 4G WiFi connectivity2, which, when activated with a data plan and compatible devices, will come in handy for passengers on longer road trips.
Interestingly enough, the Nissan Pathfinder is one of the eldest SUVs in production on the market. It wasn't until recent years that it became available as a three-row SUV with seating for up to seven passengers. The 2018 Pathfinder is a top choice for those looking for a powerful engine and impressive towing capacity of an estimated 6,000 pounds with the standard 3.5L V6 engine and when properly equipped.1 Available in four trim levels, standard features on the Pathfinder include large 18-inch wheels for a smooth ride in any road conditions, a huge eight-inch touchscreen, and a rearview camera. Going a back a year, 2017 Pathfinder also stands out with its cargo space, boasting nearly 80 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down.
The 2018 Dodge Journey is a hands-down contender for the best three-row SUV if you're looking for a vehicle that's as sporty and sleek as it is practical and spacious. In upgraded trims (all but the base model from 2011 onward), drivers will enjoy the 3.6L V6 engine that delivers some serious power behind the wheel. With second- and third-row seats folded, it also boasts a decent 68 cubic feet of storage (in 2011 and newer models), along with plenty of cleverly tucked away storage compartments that will come in handy when you're traveling with a lot of belongings.
Topping our list of the best three-row SUVs in 2019 is the Ford Explorer, a true powerhouse that caters to just about any type of driver. Available in five trim levels on fifth-generation (2011–2019) models, the Explorer will be a great addition to your busy lifestyle. Its base trim includes features like an impressive an 3.5L V6 and a voice-activated infotainment system, whereas the upgraded Platinum trim boasts features that'll make it feel more like a luxury SUV, such as a panoramic sunroof, heated seats, and a passenger entertainment system for those long road trips.
With spacious seating for up to nine passengers and an abundance of standard features, any of these three-row SUVs are worth the test the drive.
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1Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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