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Best 3-row SUVs

Explore the best 3-row SUVs of 2024
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2023 Acura MDX with Advance Package SH-AWD

1. Acura MDX

CarMax owner rating

4.6

Price range*$13,000$67,999
Estimated combined MPG19 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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4 out of 5

Pros

  • Comfortable seats
  • Large cargo area
  • Handling strikes a balance between relaxed and sporty

Cons

  • The base V6 engine lacks the power of turbocharged rivals
  • The touchpad interface for the infotainment requires a steep learning curve
2021 Chevrolet Traverse LS

2. Chevrolet Traverse

CarMax owner rating

4.4

Price range*$14,000$46,999
Estimated combined MPG20 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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3.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Intuitive infotainment technology
  • Impressive acceleration
  • Spacious seating across all three rows

Cons

  • Some panel finishing feels subpar
  • Rear row design impairs visibility
2022 Honda Pilot Touring

3. Honda Pilot

CarMax owner rating

4.6

Price range*$14,000$53,999
Estimated combined MPG20 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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3.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Comfortable ride
  • The first two rows are roomy
  • Controls are easy to use

Cons

  • The third row is a bit cramped
  • Less rear storage than competitors
  • Small standard touchscreen
2022 BMW X5 M

4. BMW X5

CarMax owner rating

4.6

Price range*$19,000$68,999
Estimated combined MPG(data not available)
RepairPal reliability rating 

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2.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Powerful acceleration from all available engines
  • Comfortable and premium-feeling cabin
  • Spacious cargo area and seating

Cons

  • Compact side mirrors and wide pillars hinder visibility
  • Limited small-item storage
  • Wide doorsills can hinder entry and exit in tight spaces
2021 Ford Explorer Platinum

5. Ford Explorer

CarMax owner rating

4.4

Price range*$13,000$55,999
Estimated combined MPG19 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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3.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Wide range of engine choices
  • Maximum tow rating of 5,600 pounds
  • Cargo space

Cons

  • Key rivals have roomier third-row seats
  • Higher trims are very pricey
  • Some humdrum cabin trim
2022 Dodge Durango SXT Plus

6. Dodge Durango

CarMax owner rating

4.5

Price range*$20,000$57,999
Estimated combined MPG13 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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3.5 out of 5
2022 Volvo XC90 T5 AWD Momentum

7. Volvo XC90

CarMax owner rating

4.5

Price range*$13,000$49,999
Estimated combined MPG22 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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3.5 out of 5
2017 Ford Flex Limited

8. Ford Flex

CarMax owner rating

4.6

Price range*$12,000$26,999
Estimated combined MPG17 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

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3 out of 5

Pros

  • Formidable V6 engine options
  • Spacious dimensions across all three rows
  • Boxy exterior offers excellent all-round visibility
  • Flexible configurations and flat load floor are great for cargo trips

Cons

  • Lacks the interior style touches of other Ford models
  • Seating isn't especially comfortable on longer trips
  • Awkward front stack and steering wheel controls
2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged Dynamic

9. Land Rover Range Rover Sport

CarMax owner rating

4.4

Price range*$27,000$73,999
Estimated combined MPG21 MPG
RepairPal reliability rating 

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select undefined vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of undefined. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

2 out of 5
2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid EX

10. Kia Sorento

CarMax owner rating

4.4

Price range*$11,000$42,999
Estimated combined MPG(data not available)
RepairPal reliability rating 

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4 out of 5

Frequently asked questions about 3-row SUVs

A 3-row SUV is a top choice for its superior seating capacity, offering comfort and space for large families. Furthermore, they provide ample cargo space, powerful performance, and advanced safety features.

How we ranked this list

To create our "Best Of" lists, our analysts look at CarMax vehicle and sales data over a recent 6-month period, from September 2023 through February 2024. Looking back over a 6-month period allows for the highest sample size possible while also providing up-to-date pricing information. Some articles may include data points with lower sample sizes.

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RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy.

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Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new and assume a full battery charge. Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition and history, driving and charging habits, accessory use, and driving conditions. Battery capacity may decrease with time and use. See fueleconomy.gov for more info.

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