With seating arrangements that can accommodate between six and eight passengers, and a range of towing capacities and off-road abilities, there's a 3-row SUV to match every need. Our experts test and evaluate hundreds of vehicles every year, and we're rounding up our highest-rated vehicles to help you pick the best 3-row SUV for your needs.
Three-row seating is now standard on the Kia Sorento, which is slightly big for a compact SUV but gets high marks for comfort and technology features. Higher trims get pricey, but they come with everything you'd want in a modern family hauler.
With optional seating for seven and lots of advanced safety and technology features, the Volkswagen Tiguan earns a top rank among a small group of compact 3-row SUVs. A thirsty engine and stumbling transmission, though, hurt the Tiguan's overall appeal… compared to other compact SUVs.
The Mitsubishi Outlander is roomy and straightforward, with some good tech features and the option to add some basic all-terrain capability. There are definite shortcomings, though, including an unrefined driving experience and subpar build quality.
The Kia Telluride is our top pick for a midsize 3-row SUV. Its upscale cabin is quiet, comfortable and thoughtfully designed. It comes packed with standard features and tech, and it even has adult-friendly third-row seating. For the money, there are few more… appealing ways to move seven or eight people.
The Hyundai Palisade might be new to the competitive 3-row SUV segment, but it's already putting its competition on notice. Packed with value, comfort and capability throughout its trim levels, the Palisade is a great pick for a family SUV.
The Ford Expedition marries excellent design with a capable truck platform. It can seat up to eight and tow more than 9,000 pounds. Inside, the Expedition can be outfitted with all the features and toys you'd expect from a luxury vehicle.
The GMC Yukon XL's nine-passenger capacity and formidable towing power make it ideal for large families and recreational activities. But the traditional body-on-frame design takes a toll on maneuverability, fuel economy and ride comfort.
The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the most off-road-capable SUVs you can find, and it also exhibits the kind of build quality that makes luxury manufacturers turn green. Mediocre interior versatility and a stunning price tag limit its broader appeal.
The Audi Q7's combination of performance, comfort, high technology and value is hard to beat. With an impeccably built interior and sharp reflexes on the road, the Q7 is rewarding to both drivers and passengers. It could stand a bit more cargo and third-row… passenger space, though.
The Acura MDX is a pragmatic choice, with a standard third-row seat and generous feature content at an attractive price. There are more luxurious and sportier options, but the MDX does just about everything well.
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Edmunds' current top pick for a 3-row SUV is the Kia Telluride, winner of our Top Rated award. It combines incredible passenger space and utility with a trove of excellent features at a reasonable price. Learn more
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers the best fuel economy of any 3-row SUV, returning an EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined. A new version of the Highlander Hybrid is coming soon, and it promises to offer even better mileage. Learn more
The Dodge Journey is the lowest-priced 7-passenger SUV on the market, although its charms begin and end there. But if affordability is your top concern when it comes to a 3-row SUV, there's no denying the Journey's appealing price. Learn more