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Practical, powerful, and fun!

Best SUVs with 3 Rows | CarMax

Sport utility vehicles, or SUVs, are perfect for adventures both big and small. Whether you need more room for you and your band or you simply crave cavernous comfort on the road, a three-row vehicle is a terrific choice. With seating for seven or eight, three rows allow you the flexibility you need for the journey ahead.

Here's a list of 15 best 3-row SUVs for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax vehicle and sales data from May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019.

  1. Toyota Highlander
  2. Land Rover LR4
  3. Infiniti QX60 Hybrid
  4. Lexus GX 460
  5. Lexus LX 570
  6. Hyundai Santa Fe
  7. Nissan Pathfinder
  8. GMC Yukon
  9. Infiniti QX60
  10. GMC Yukon XL 1500
  11. Infiniti QX80
  12. Kia Sorento
  13. Dodge Journey
  14. Volvo XC90
  15. Ford Explorer

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Toyota Highlander

Best Three Row SUVs: Toyota Highlander | CarMax

Do you like having lots of choices? The 2019 Toyota Highlander has you covered with six main trim levels: LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited, and Limited Platinum. The second generation of this three-row midsize SUV was launched in 2014 and received a refresh in 2017; the 2018 and 2019 models are very similar. Powering the 2019 base model is a 2.7L four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission while the gutsy 3.5L V6 is available on the base trim and standard on all of the other levels. The 2019 Toyota Highlander holds a generous 83.7 cubic feet of cargo with the second and third row folded down, making it an excellent vehicle for carrying goods and large furry friends.

The 2019 Toyota Highlander in the Limited trim includes:

  • A PA system, which amplifies your voice all the way to the third row
  • Five USB ports to help keep all of your tech-savvy passengers happy
  • Perforated leather-trimmed seats in the first two rows
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Twelve-speaker JBL® audio system

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Land Rover LR4

Best Three Row SUVs: Land Rover LR4 | CarMax

Discontinued in 2016, the Land Rover LR4 maintains a strong following for its distinctive shape, fierce off-roading capabilities, and giant visibility-enhancing rear window. The Land Rover LR4 replaced the LR3 in model year 2010, and while Land Rover made few cosmetic changes to the LR4 over its life cycle, model year 2014 brought a new 3.0L supercharged V6 to replace the V8.

For the final model year (2016) of the Land Rover LR4, standard features include:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen
  • Rearview camera
  • Bluetooth®

The 2016 LR4 also includes navigation, satellite radio, and two rear-seat DVD screens as available options. Whether you're off-road or on-, the LR4 is a good choice.


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Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

Best Three Row SUVs: Infiniti QX60 Hybrid | CarMax

The Infiniti QX60 comes in two models: the gas-engine version and the hybrid, both of which are on this list. Infiniti's 2017 QX60 Hybrid with Driver Assistance package includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, backup collision intervention, cornering assist, and front and rear parking sensors. On top of all of that, the 2017–2019 QX60 with the four-cylinder hybrid engine tows an estimated 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.1

Opt for a 2017 QX60 Hybrid with the Premium and Premium Plus packages to get:

  • Upgraded sound system
  • Navigation
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • 360-degree monitor

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Lexus GX 460

Best Three Row SUVs: Lexus GX 460 | CarMax

For model year 2017, second-row captain's chairs became available on the Lexus GX 460. From 2017 to 2019, the Lexus GX 460 is available in three trim levels: base, Premium, and Luxury. Powered by a 301-horsepower V8 engine, the 2017–2019 Lexus GX 460 has plenty of oomph to get you and your passengers up to speed. And one unique feature offered during these model years is the gate-hinged back liftgate, which makes it easy to open. Or you can lower the back window to accommodate longer items like skis or maybe even a surfboard.

The 2019 Lexus GX 460 base model includes as standard:

  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Rearview camera
  • Bluetooth
  • Satellite radio
  • Nine-speaker audio system
  • Two USB ports
  • Infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen

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Lexus LX 570

Best Three Row SUVs: Lexus LX 570 | CarMax

The Lexus LX 570 comes in one trim and includes a robust 383-horsepower V8 engine. The 2019 model includes stellar off-road features like crawl control, adjustable suspension, locking center differential, and a two-speed transfer case. With a plethora of standard features, you'll have a vehicle that not only feels like luxury on the inside but is ready for an adventure too. For even more plush upgrades, go with the Luxury package, which, in 2019, adds heated and ventilated first- and second-row seats; à la carte options include a 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, wireless smartphone charging, and more.

The 2019 Lexus LX 570 includes these standard features:

  • Moonroof
  • 12.3-inch display
  • Nine-speaker audio system
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Bluetooth

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Hyundai Santa Fe

Best Three Row SUVs: Hyundai Santa Fe | CarMax

Model year 2019 brought some exciting changes and upgrades to Hyundai's Santa Fe model. What was called the Santa Fe Sport in 2017 and 2018 became, simply, the Sante Fe; the three-row version was called the Santa Fe in 2018 and became the Santa Fe XL in 2019. The Santa Fe XL base trim comes standard with room for seven people and a bench seat in the rear, and if you upgrade to the top XL trim, you'll get second-row captain's chairs (total seating for six).

The 2019 Santa Fe XL includes 40.9 cubic feet of cargo space when the third row is folded down and a generous 80 cubic feet with both second and third rows folded down, which is plenty of room for a road trip.

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe includes standard:

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Six-speaker sound system with a CD player
  • Four USB ports

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Nissan Pathfinder

Best Three Row SUVs: Nissan Pathfinder | CarMax

In 2017, Nissan refreshed the Pathfinder, boosting its engine to a 3.5L V6 with 284 horsepower. For 2018 and 2019, this SUV was offered in four trims: S, SV, SL, and Platinum.

On the base 2017 Nissan Pathfinder S model, you'll benefit from a host of standard features, including:

  • Rearview camera
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Rear parking sensors

Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, surround-view parking camera, and adaptive cruise control are all tech upgrades you can find on a used 2019 Pathfinder or they're standard on the SV trim.


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GMC Yukon

Best Three Row SUVs: GMC Yukon | CarMax

Starting with a 20172019 GMC Yukon base model, you'll receive technology features like Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity. For a little extra, take a look at the 2019 GMC Yukon Denali, which boasts a roaring 6.2L V8 engine that can tow an estimated 8,500 pounds when properly equipped.1 To add a sunroof, adaptive cruise control, and power-retractable assist steps, look for the Denali Ultimate package.

The 20172019 GMC Yukon also includes standard:

  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Wood interior trim
  • Integrated navigation system
  • 10-speaker Bose® surround-sound system
  • Heads-up display
  • Active noise cancellation

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Infiniti QX60

Best Three Row SUVs: Infiniti QX60 | CarMax

Available in two trims—Pure and Luxe—the 2019 Infiniti QX60 includes a 295-horsepower V6 and front-wheel drive with AWD available on both. The Luxe trim adds a thirteen-speaker Bose® audio system so you can stream your tunes on the road to the nearest grocery store or while traveling across the country in style.

The Infiniti QX60 is designed with luxury in mind and the brand walks the walk with standard features like:

  • Moonroof
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth
  • Two USB ports
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Eight-inch display screen

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GMC Yukon XL 1500

Best Three Row SUVs: GMC Yukon XL 1500 | CarMax

If you take a GMC Yukon and stretch it out, you'll get the Yukon XL, which adds about 10 inches of third-row legroom and 24.3 more cubic feet of space behind the third row (2015-to-present models). The 2019 XL is available in the same trims as the regular Yukon outlined in number 8 above: SLE, SLT Standard Edition, SLT, and Denali. This vehicle is ideal for big families, adventurers who like to travel with a lot of equipment, and anyone who wants all of the niceties of a top SUV with extra room.

The 2019 GMC Yukon XL base SLE includes:

  • 5.3L V8 engine
  • Rearview camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Premium cloth upholstery
  • Remote keyless entry and remote start
  • Cruise control
  • Eight-inch touchscreen

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Infiniti QX80

Best Three Row SUVs: Infiniti QX80 | CarMax

The second-generation QX80 (2016–2019) is the queen of the road, seating seven or eight people on supple standard leather seats. Also included on the base 2019 QX80 are heated and power-adjustable front seats and a heated steering wheel; ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats are available. With a standard 5.6L V8 with 400 horsepower and 413 lb.-ft. of torque, this three-row SUV can move!

The 2019 base QX80 includes:

  • 13-speaker Bose premium sound system
  • Bluetooth
  • Four USB ports
  • Vehicle anti-theft system
  • Rear seat audio controls

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Kia Sorento

Best Three Row SUVs: Kia Sorento | CarMax

In 2017, Kia added optional Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, adaptive headlights, and automatic emergency braking to its Sorento. Kia Sorento 2018 models come standard with two rows with the option of an available third row, and for 2019, the Sorento comes standard with three rows. The base 2019 Sorento includes a four-cylinder FWD powertrain as its only option.

At the top of the Kia Sorento line in 2019, the SX Limited includes the bigger V6 engine plus:

  • Surround-view parking camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Cornering headlights
  • Nappa leather
  • Ventilated front seats, heated first- and second-row seats, and heated steering wheel

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Dodge Journey

Best Three Row SUVs: Dodge Journey | CarMax

The Dodge Caravan minivan set the tone for the three-row Dodge Journey, and in terms of comfort and universal appeal, it checks all the boxes. Dodge offers the 2019 Journey in four trim levels: SE Value Package, SE, Crossroad, and GT. In 2018, third-row seating became standard and the seats in the second row were designed to slide for convenient access to the third row. The 2019 Journey's V6 engine provides plenty of power to get you and your family all over town and beyond.

The 2019 Dodge Journey GT includes:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Power-adjustable driver seat
  • Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Alpine stereo

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Volvo XC90

Best Three Row SUVs: Volvo XC90 | CarMax

Elegance, luxury, and attention to detail describe the Volvo brand, including the XC90. For 2017 and 2018 models, the XC90 is available in two- and three-row versions, and in 2019 the seven-seat model became standard. With both the second and third rows folded down, the 2019 Volvo XC90 offers 85.7 cubic feet of space, and a standard hands-free liftgate gives you easy access to load your cargo. First, choose between one of three powertrain options: T5 (250 horsepower, turbocharged), T6 (316 horsepower, turbo- and supercharged), or T8 (plug-in hybrid). Then decide which trim: Momentum, R-Design, Inscription, and Excellence (available only with the T8 powertrain).

The 2019 Volvo XC90 R-Design includes:

  • 12.3-inch digital instrument display
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Paddle shifters
  • Nappa leather upholstery

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Ford Explorer

Best Three Row SUVs: Ford Explorer | CarMax

Ford's midsize SUV is standard with three rows and seating for seven (across all model years); if you like to have more room but don't need to carry as many passengers, the captain's chairs option is a smart idea with total seating for six. The 2019 Explorer offers five trim levels and three engine options, meaning you have plenty of choices when it comes to choosing a used one. For 2019, a 290-horsepower V6 is standard, or you might choose the 280-horsepower turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder. To goose your power a little more, opt for the EcoBoost V6 with 365 horsepower. The trim levels include XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum. The the 2019 Ford Explorer Platinum includes:

  • Moonroof
  • Upgraded Sony premium sound system
  • Heated mirrors
  • Nirvana leather seating
  • Air filtration system

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