The Sport Utility Vehicle is a very popular selection in the US these days, especially for a family of at least four. Many people like to have a third row already included with their SUV, for long trips and to have an extra row for other passengers. Following is a list of the best 3 row SUVs in the market today, along with some pros and cons of each.
First, we will start with what is considered an affordable 3 row SUV. They are the Chevrolet Traverse and the Ford Explorer.
Chevrolet Traverse – The Traverse fits eight people comfortably. It is not meant for driving in the woods or canyons, but it will ride comfortably for every day traveling and vacations. It sells between $29K and $39K. The gas mileage is very decent, 17 city/ 24 highway. It is offered in four trim levels, LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ. There is a lot of cargo space and it drives extremely well for its size and price.
Ford Explorer – The Explorer seats seven people comfortably. The third row is an okay size but if you have to put adults on the row, it may be tight. It will ride well through both rugged landscapes and every day travel. It is priced between $28K and $39K. The gas mileage is good, 17 city/ 25 highway. The Explorer was named the 2011 North American Truck of the Year. It comes in the base model, XLT, and Limited model. Ford offers a three year/36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty and a five year/60,000 powertrain warranty.
If you are in the market for a pricier 3 row SUV, some of the best are the Chevrolet Tahoe and the Toyota Sequoia.
Chevrolet Tahoe – The Tahoe is a staple in the SUV market and considered one of the best. It has seating capacity for nine. It will ride well, wherever you plan to take it. It sells between $37K and $54K. The third row seat is not considered to be comfortable for adults and if you have any cargo you need to carry, you have to remove the third row and it is very heavy. The gas mileage could be better, 15 city/21 highway. But it is classified as a large SUV and they tend to use more gas. The hybrid version of the Tahoe is available, for a bigger price. The Tahoe comes in three models, the LS, LT, and LTZ. It comes with a three year/36,000 bumper to bumper warranty, a five year/100,000 powertrain warranty and a six year/100,000 rust through corrosion warranty.
Toyota Sequoia – The Tahoe can tow up to 7,400 pounds so it is a very sturdy vehicle. The seating capacity is eight people. The third row is considered comfortable enough to seat adults as well. The interior controls on the driver side are not considered to be very ergonomical so it received low grades on interior. The gas mileage is not very good, 14 city/20 highway. It comes in three models, the SR5, the Limited, and Platinum. Toyota offers a three year/36,000 mile basic warranty and a five year/60,000 powertrain warranty.
So there are many options available to you in the SUV market, depending on what your needs are. Hopefully, the information above can help in your search.