Do you need a vehicle that can fit all your family and friends? If so, you’re probably in the market for a three-row SUV. Depending on the layout, make, and model, three-row SUVs have seating for six to nine passengers. In addition, most of them have ample cargo space and excellent off-road capabilities. It’s no wonder that three-row SUVs have surpassed minivans as the go-to vehicle for large groups.

 

Among three-row SUVs, size, features, and capabilities vary widely. That’s great, because you can find the three-row SUV that is right for you, but it also makes shopping for them slightly overwhelming. There are dozens of three-row SUVs to choose from, so narrowing it down can be tough. Use this buyer’s guide to help steer you toward the right three-row SUV that has the size, features, and capabilities that you’re looking for.

 

The Most Important Features In Three-Row SUVs: Before you start shopping for a three-row SUV, think about your driving needs. Start by considering how you’ll use the third row. If you’re planning on to use it every day, chose an SUV that has a full third-row that is easy to access. On the other hand, if you’ll only use the third row occasionally, opt for an SUV that has folding third-row seats that can be tucked away to maximize storage when they’re not in use.

 

Next, consider the type of driving you do most. Some crossover three-row SUVs are small enough for easy city driving. Other three-row SUVs are built for off-road performance. Almost all three-row SUVs offer all-wheel drive, but it doesn’t always come standard, so be sure to double check.

 

Finally, consider what sort of features and interior you would like. Three-row SUVs run the gamut from basic to downright luxurious. Knowing the feel that you’re going for can help you stay focused while shopping for a three-row SUV.

 

The Most Popular Three-Row SUVs: If you don’t know where to start shopping, it makes sense to consider the most popular three-row SUVs. Most of the major car brands offer at least one three-row SUV option. Some popular used three-row SUVs are:

·         Ford Explorer: The Explorer is the smallest of the three-row SUVs that Ford manufactures. It has seating for seven, with two pop-up rear seats. Drivers like that the Explorer is relatively small and easy to drive, while still offering seating for seven people. Because Explorers are common and often used as fleet vehicles, it’s easy to come across used Explorers at a bargain, and costs of repairs are relatively low as well.

 

·         Toyota Highlander : If you want an SUV but are wincing at the idea of fueling it, the Highlander Hybrid is a great option. The Highlander has seating for seven to eight, depending on whether you chose a bench of captain’s chairs in the middle row. Standard safety features and Toyota’s reliability make the Highlander a standout.

 

 

The Bottom Line: With so much variety in the class, there is a three-row SUV that is right for almost every type of driver. Whether you’re looking for a truck-like feel or a nimble crossover, you’ll be able to find the three-row SUV that appeals to you and fits everything, and everyone, you love.

 

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