Best 3-Row SUVs of 2022

Edmunds' experts test 3-row SUV contenders on both our test track and a 115-mile real-world test loop of city streets, freeways and winding canyons. In between, we take them home and live with them as our daily drivers, typically for two full weeks. The data we gather results in our 3-row SUV ratings. They’re based on 30-plus scores that cover performance, comfort, interior, technology, utility and value. How we rank

Small 3-row SUVs

If you need a lot of seats on a tight budget, a small three-row SUV might be a good fit. The third row will be cramped for anyone larger than a child, and there's not much cargo room with the third row deployed, but it's nice to have the option.
2022 Kia Sorento
1
Redesigned in 2021

Kia Sorento

MSRP
$29,590 - $43,190
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 26
2022 Mitsubishi Outlander
2
Redesigned in 2022

Mitsubishi Outlander

MSRP
$26,995 - $35,345
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
26 - 27
2022 Volkswagen Tiguan
3
Redesigned in 2018

Volkswagen Tiguan

MSRP
$26,490 - $37,320
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 26


Midsize 3-row SUVs

Midsize three-row SUVs provide lots of utility at a reasonable price. Expect advanced safety features, too, along with capable acceleration when you need it.
1
Top Rated vehicle
Introduced in 2020

Kia Telluride

MSRP
$33,390 - $45,190
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 23
2
Introduced in 2020

Hyundai Palisade

MSRP
$33,600 - $48,990
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 22
3
Redesigned in 2016

Honda Pilot

MSRP
$38,080 - $51,870
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 23
4
Introduced in 2018

Volkswagen Atlas

MSRP
$34,335 - $51,505
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
19 - 23
5
Redesigned in 2016

Mazda CX-9

MSRP
$35,630 - $47,560
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
23
6
Redesigned in 2018

Buick Enclave

MSRP
$42,800 - $57,100
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
20 - 21
6
Redesigned in 2020

Toyota Highlander

MSRP
$35,855 - $49,960
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 24
8
Redesigned in 2022

Nissan Pathfinder

MSRP
$34,640 - $49,040
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
22 - 23
9
Introduced in 2019

Subaru Ascent

MSRP
$32,795 - $45,945
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
22 - 23
10
Redesigned in 2011

Dodge Durango

MSRP
$37,760 - $68,960
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
15 - 21
10
Redesigned in 2010

Toyota 4Runner

MSRP
$38,105 - $52,920
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
17
12
Redesigned in 2021

Jeep Grand Cherokee L

MSRP
$40,325 - $66,780
Edmunds Rating
7.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
21
13
Redesigned in 2020

Ford Explorer

MSRP
$35,510 - $55,775
Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
20 - 27

Large SUVs

Large SUVs are classic utility vehicles. These truck-based workhorses can tow a boat and transport a family of eight at the same time. Fuel economy is predictably forgettable, but if maximum versatility is what you need, these big rigs deliver.
1
Redesigned in 2021

Chevrolet Suburban

MSRP
$51,100 - $75,700
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
16 - 17
1
Redesigned in 2021

GMC Yukon

MSRP
$51,600 - $72,500
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
16 - 17
3
Redesigned in 2018

Ford Expedition

MSRP
$52,405 - $84,610
Edmunds Rating
7.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
17 - 19
4
Redesigned in 2021

Chevrolet Tahoe

MSRP
$48,400 - $73,000
Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
16 - 17
5
Redesigned in 2017

Nissan Armada

MSRP
$49,900 - $69,200
Edmunds Rating
7.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
15 - 16
6
Redesigned in 2008

Toyota Sequoia

MSRP
$50,500 - $69,775
Edmunds Rating
6.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
14 - 15

Midsize 3-row luxury SUVs

Midsize luxury three-row SUVs typically offer seating for seven, or six if you spring for second-row captain's chairs. Make sure to bring the family along for the test drive; it's not unusual to find that the third row is tight for taller children or adults.
1
Redesigned in 2017

Audi Q7

MSRP
$57,500 - $73,300
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
20 - 22
2
Redesigned in 2022

Acura MDX

MSRP
$48,000 - $72,050
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
19 - 22
3
Redesigned in 2020

Lincoln Aviator

MSRP
$51,780 - $88,230
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
20 - 23
4
Redesigned in 2017

Land Rover Discovery

MSRP
$53,900 - $68,900
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
21
5
Redesigned in 2022

INFINITI QX60

MSRP
$47,850 - $64,250
Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
22 - 23
6
Redesigned in 2018

Lexus RX 350L

MSRP
$48,000 - $55,400
Edmunds Rating
7.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 22
7
Introduced in 2020

Cadillac XT6

MSRP
$48,595 - $58,295
Edmunds Rating
7.3 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 23
8
Redesigned in 2010

Lexus GX 460

MSRP
$56,125 - $65,635
Edmunds Rating
6.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
16

Large luxury SUVs

In terms of road presence, there's nothing quite like a large luxury SUV. With plenty of seating and strong towing abilities, these behemoths are as functional as they are impressive. Not many other vehicles offer quilted leather upholstery along with underbody protection for serious off-roading.
1
Redesigned in 2020

Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

MSRP
$77,850 - $135,400
Edmunds Rating
8.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
15 - 20
2
Redesigned in 2018

Lincoln Navigator

MSRP
$77,635 - $109,680
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
18 - 19
3
Redesigned in 2021

Cadillac Escalade

MSRP
$76,295 - $104,595
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
16
4
Introduced in 2019

BMW X7

MSRP
$74,900 - $99,800
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
17 - 21
5
Redesigned in 2022

Jeep Grand Wagoneer

MSRP
$87,995 - $107,995
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
17
6
Redesigned in 2014

INFINITI QX80

MSRP
$71,950 - $86,200
Edmunds Rating
7.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
15 - 16
7
Redesigned in 2022

Lexus LX 600

MSRP
$86,900 - $126,000
Edmunds Rating
7.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
19



Large performance SUVs

The laws of physics technically still apply to these high-horsepower family haulers, but that may be hard to believe when you're hurtling along inside one. Want your family to experience maximum driving excitement along with the usual luxury? These SUVs should hit the spot.
Not enough vehicles yet to rank
Introduced in 2021

BMW ALPINA XB7

MSRP
$141,300
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
17




Best 3-Row SUVs

SUVs have taken over our roads in recent years, due in no small part to the family-friendliness of 3-row SUVs. They look cooler than minivans while providing much the same versatility, and unlike minivans, they may come packed with off-road capability or even high-performance racetrack credentials. This is especially true of luxury 3-row SUVs, which often sit at the very top of the brand’s model lineup.

A key question for any 3-row SUV shopper is how much you plan to use the third-row seat. If you’ll only use it rarely, then a smaller 3-row SUV is probably the right choice, unless you intend to fold down the rear seats and haul a large amount of cargo. But if you’ll be using the third-row seat regularly then you’ll need a true minivan substitute, which gets you into the larger 3-row SUV size classes. Naturally, the price tends to goes up as the size increases, but if you need the versatility, there’s no substitute.

Choosing the Right 3-Row SUV for You

Our list of the top-ranked 3-row SUVs is the result of hundreds of hours of driving, testing and comprehensive evaluation. We take each vehicle to a private test track, where we measure acceleration, braking and handling performance. Next, we drive it on a real-world driving loop that tests its performance on city streets, through twisty mountain curves, and in high- and low-speed freeway conditions. Finally, our editors take a turn at the wheel and come to a consensus on an overall rating for the vehicle relative to its competitive set.

The outcome of this rigorous process is the list of 3-row SUV rankings you see here. But don’t just take our word for it; go test-drive a few of your favorites and see how they stack up. We’re here to help you narrow down the field and focus on the best 3-row SUVs for your needs. From there, it’s all about how they feel to you when you’re in the driver seat, the second row and even the third row. That’s the fun part. Just don’t forget to come back and write a consumer review once you’ve chosen the right 3-row SUV for you.