Monday, May 29, 2017


Heading out with a crowd? Why bother taking two cars when there are so many SUVs on the road today that can seat six or more people? Here are some SUVs with third-row seats that are perfect if you have a large family, lots of friends or live life in the car pool lane.

The Chevrolet Traverse can seat up to eight and reviewers say even adults won't mind riding in the way back. Decent fuel economy and lots of cargo space are other high points of the Traverse, and reviewers give it high marks for its car-like performance. If you like the Traverse but want something more upscale, check out the Buick Enclave. It features the same roomy seating as the Traverse, but uses more luxurious cabin materials.

Several reviewers also say the Enclave has attractive exterior styling. For 2013, Hyundai brought the third row back in the Hyundai Santa Fe. Though most reviewers say the third row is best for kids, they do like the long list of standard features the Santa Fe offers. Hyundai also backs the Santa Fe with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, which is one of the longest in the class. The Ford Flex has one of the roomiest third rows on the market. It also has available features like a refrigerated console in the second row that makes it a top choice for road trips. It's a great way to get the smooth ride and comfortable interior of a minivan without the minivan styling.. The Toyota Highlander makes getting to the third row easy with a middle seat in the second row that flips and folds out of the way. It also has a strong optional V6 engine.                                                                                       

The Dodge Durango
If your crew needs to get somewhere fast, check out the Dodge Durango. The R/T trim has a powerful V8 engine in addition to standard seating for seven and available all-wheel drive. Even if you go for the base Durango, reviewers say you should like its quiet ride.   

The Mazda CX-9
The seven-seat Mazda CX-9 has performance that reviewers say makes it one of the most fun-to-drive midsize SUVs you can buy. Critics like that the CX-9's V6 has plenty of power and they report that it handles well for its size.      

The Acura MDX
The Acura MDX not only seats seven but it also gets good reviews for its refined performance and good fuel economy for the class. It’s such a good SUV that it won our 2014 Best 3-Row Luxury SUV for the Money award. 

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport
With an optional third-row that brings seating capacity to seven, reviewers say the Land Rover Range Rover Sport can transport a big group in style. Most auto critics praise its off-road performance and say that it has excellent on-road performance as well.  

The BMW X5
If performance is what you’re after, reviewers say the BMW X5 is tough to beat. It has an available third row that makes it possible to bring your whole crew along for the thrilling ride