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Best SUVs with 3 Rows | CarMax

As your family gets larger, so do your adventures. Three-row SUVs are some of the best options on the market to help you haul your friends and family around in style. Whether you are looking for a top-trim luxury model or a practical base model, three-row SUVs offer you seating for seven or more and the convenience you need.

Check out this helpful list of the 15 best three-row SUVs for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax vehicle sales data from August 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020.

  1. Audi Q7
  2. Chevrolet Suburban 1500
  3. Acura MDX
  4. Dodge Durango
  5. Buick Enclave
  6. Chevrolet Tahoe
  7. Chevrolet Traverse
  8. Honda Pilot
  9. Kia Sorento
  10. Dodge Journey
  11. Infiniti QX60
  12. GMC Acadia
  13. Nissan Pathfinder
  14. Toyota Highlander
  15. Ford Explorer


Audi Q7

Best 3-Row SUVs of 2020: Audi Q7 | CarMax

The Audi Q7 received a refresh in 2016, serving as the start of the three-row SUV's second generation. All 2017–2019 Q7s offer you a choice of two engines: a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder making 252 hp or a 3.0L supercharged V6 outputting 333 hp. You can also expect AWD as standard across all trim levels, including Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. For 2019, look for standard equipment on the base Premium trim like:

  • Seven-inch central display with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • Heated power-folding mirrors
  • Xenon headlights with LED running lights
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather upholstery with heated power-adjustable front seats


Chevrolet Suburban 1500

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

The Chevrolet Suburban 1500 will seat you and eight passengers and is one of the largest vehicles on our list of the best three-row SUVs. The Suburban is in its eleventh generation, which began during the 2015 model year. If you are looking for a well-equipped large SUV, 2017–2019 models boast a range of impressive features and options. They are likewise all powered by a 5.3L V8 producing 355 hp and are available with 2WD as standard or available 4WD. Check out some of the impressive standard features the base 2019 Suburban 1500 LS trim has to offer, like:

  • Seating for eight passengers (a front-row three-passenger bench seat is optional)
  • Cloth upholstery with power-adjustable front seats
  • Automatic wipers
  • Remote start
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel


Acura MDX

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

Take a look at the Acura MDX if you are shopping for a luxury midsize three-row SUV with loads of tech and features, including the latest driver aids. The MDX entered its third generation in 2014 and features a 290-hp 3.5L V6 engine as well as optional AWD. Also available since the 2017 model year is the Sport Hybrid trim, which is equipped with a 3.0L hybrid six-cylinder that will get you 321 hp. The base-trim 2019 MDX has plenty of eye-catching features to offer you, like:

  • Leather upholstery with power-adjustable heated front seats
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Power liftgate
  • Sunroof
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Power-adjustable steering wheel


Dodge Durango

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

The Dodge Durango is a full-size SUV with seating for up to seven and a variety of engine and powertrain options for you to choose from. Now in its third generation, the 2017 Durango comes standard with a 3.6L V6 making 293 hp or an optional 5.7L V8 making 360 hp. For 2018, a massive 6.4L V8 producing 475 hp comes with the new-for-2018 SRT trim. The Durango also comes standard with RWD but available AWD is an option at most trim levels. For 2019, the Durango's base trim, the SXT, comes with plenty of solid standard equipment to make your drive smoother, like:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen interface
  • Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Rearview camera
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • 60/40-split folding and reclining second-row seat
  • 50/50-split folding third-row seat with power-folding headrests


Buick Enclave

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

The Buick Enclave is all-new for the 2018 model year, kicking off its second generation in style. For 2018–2019, the full-size three row Enclave comes standard with a 3.6L V6 making 310 hp while optional AWD is available. All Enclave trim levels also boast seating for seven. Look for the following standard features on the 2019 base Preferred trim:

  • Eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto
  • Power-adjustable heated front seats
  • Adjustable second-row captain's chairs and 60/40-split folding third-row seats
  • Rearview camera

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Chevrolet Tahoe

Best 3 Row SUVs of 2020: Chevrolet Tahoe | CarMax

If you are looking for a full-size three row with plenty of space, look no further than the Chevrolet Tahoe. Number 10 on our list is big on features and style; fourth-generation Tahoes (2015–2020) all come well equipped and feature a 5.3L V8 that outputs 355 hp. Meanwhile, check out 2017–2019 models if the latest in technology and features is something you're after. The base LS trim comes with standard features like:

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


Chevrolet Traverse

Best 3 Row SUVs of 2020: Chevrolet Traverse | CarMax

Chevrolet's three-row traverse was all new for the 2018 model year, starting the SUV's second generation. It can seat up to eight passengers at every trim level and comes with a variety of features and options as standard. For 2019, your choice of trim ranges from the base L to the luxury-focused High Country. The Traverse also comes standard with a 3.6L V6 putting out 310 horsepower and optional AWD is also available. The L-trim Traverse may be the base model but it comes respectably equipped with:

  • LED running lights
  • Seven-inch MyLink touchscreen infotainment system
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity
  • Rearview camera
  • Available OnStar® communications with a 4G LTE® connection and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot1


Honda Pilot

Best 3 Row SUVs of 2020: Honda Pilot | CarMax

The Honda Pilot has been a great three-row option for quite a few years and has become even better over time. An all-new third generation was launched for the 2016 model year and has seen features and options steadily added on since then. All 2017–2019 Pilots are powered by a 3.5L V6 producing 280 hp. AWD is also optional at most trim levels of the Pilot. From the base LX to the luxury-focused Elite, you are sure to find something to love about the Honda Pilot. For 2019, the base LX comes with standard features like:

  • Automatic LED headlights
  • Active noise cancellation
  • 60/40-split folding third-row seats
  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Driver aids such as frontal collision warning with automatic braking, road departure mitigation, lane-keeping assist, and automatic high-beam assist


Kia Sorento

Best 3 Row SUVs of 2020: Kia Sorento | CarMax

The versatile Kia Sorento comes in at number seven on our list of the best three-row SUVs. If you want to add the latest technology and convenience features to your daily commute, you can check out the third-generation Sorento (2016 and newer). 2017–2018 Sorentos have three engine options including a 185-hp 2.4L four-cylinder, a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that produces 240 hp, and a 3.3L V6 rated at 290 hp. The 2.0L engine was discontinued for the 2019 model year, leaving the standard 2.4L and optional 3.3L engine. For more standard features, take a look at the robust list the 2019 base L boasts, which includes:

  • Rearview camera
  • Cloth upholstery with manually-adjustable front seats
  • Automatic headlights
  • Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration
  • Seven-inch touchscreen
  • Satellite radio


Dodge Journey

Best 3 Row SUVs of 2020: Dodge Journey | CarMax

The midsize Dodge Journey is a wonderfully sporty addition to our list and comes with a wide variety of features and options. Third-row seating is standard for all trim levels of the Journey as of the 2018 model year but is available as an option for previous model years as well. In addition, two engines are available: a 2.4L making 173 hp and an optional 3.6L V6 making 283 hp. AWD is optional on several trim levels as well. Standard feature highlights for the base 2019 Journey SE include:

  • 4.3-inch touchscreen interface
  • Automatic headlights
  • Roof rails
  • Heated side mirrors
  • 60/40-split second-row seats and 50/50-split third-row seats
  • Rearview camera

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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


GMC Acadia

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

The seven-passenger GMC Acadia was redesigned for the 2017 model year, kicking off the model's second generation in style. The midsize three-row crossover delivers a ton of features and 2017–2019 models come standard with a 2.5L four-cylinder that produces 193 hp, though you can keep an eye out for the available 310-hp 3.6L V6. Likewise, optional AWD is available on all but the base SL trim. For 2019, you can expect lots of standard features on the Acadia SL like:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto smartphone app integration
  • Rearview camera
  • Available OnStar with 4G LTE and a Wi-Fi hotspot1
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel


Nissan Pathfinder

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

The top three of our list of the best three-row SUVs starts with the great Nissan Pathfinder. Long known for its rugged image, the three-row Pathfinder is a midsize crossover that should definitely be on your shopping list. Powered by a 3.5L V6 making 284 hp, the 2017–2019 Pathfinder also offers optional 4WD. For 2019, the base S comes with a wide range of standard features such as:

  • Roof rails
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Rearview camera
  • 60/40-split folding second-row seat (which also slides and reclines)
  • Eight-inch touchscreen interface
  • Automatic emergency braking and reverse parking sensors


Toyota Highlander

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

The Toyota Highlander is a good choice if you're looking for something practical and rugged. The Highlander delivers impressive interior space within a reasonably-sized SUV. 2017–2019 Highlanders are also powered by a standard 2.7L four-cylinder that makes 185 hp or an optional 295-hp 3.5L V6. AWD is available on all trim levels as well. With the 2019 base LE trim you can expect standard features like:

  • 6.1-inch touchscreen
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rearview camera
  • Cloth upholstery with height-adjustable driver seat
  • Sliding and reclining 60/40-split second-row seat and reclining 60/40-split third-row seat


Ford Explorer

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

Topping our list is the fantastic midsize Ford Explorer. Now in its fifth generation, the Explorer definitely has something for you. The 2017 Explorer comes in five trim levels with three engine offerings: a 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder outputting 280 hp, a 3.5L V6 making 290 hp, and a 3.5L twin-turbo that'll get you 365 hp. In addition, AWD is available across all trim levels. For 2019, the base trim includes:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Power-adjustable driver' seat
  • Rearview camera
  • 4.2-inch central display
  • Bluetooth

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