Whether you’re shuttling the kids and their friends to soccer practice or heading out on a weekend trip with a crowd, a three-row SUV can get the job done. The following used three-row SUVs receive positive reviews from the automotive press, and they come at a low price up front for their respective age and class. They also offer below-average maintenance, repair, insurance, fuel, and tax expenses over five years of ownership, according to data from Vincentric, LLC. So if you’re looking for a great three-row SUV on a budget, this list is a good place to start.
2013 Kia Sorento
The 2013 Kia Sorento is available with a third-row seat that has plenty of space for kids. Additionally, its cabin is attractive and its infotainment system is user-friendly. With an average purchase price of $19,762, the 2013 Sorento is over $8,700 cheaper than the typical 2013 three-row SUV. It’s also a good value long-term, as its five-year ownership cost is almost $9,300 less than the class average.
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
Although the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe will cost you a little more up front compared to the Sorento, it’s still a great value among used three-row SUVs. Its average transaction price of $23,109 is over $5,400 less than the norm for the class, and over five years, the 2013 Santa Fe will save you more than $8,500 relative to the average 2013 three-row SUV. The Santa Fe has a quiet and upscale cabin, and although its third row isn’t spacious, there is enough room for kids.
2012 Chevrolet Traverse
If you regularly seat adults in the third row, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is a great choice. In addition to offering one of the most spacious third-row seats in the class, the Traverse’s 116.4 cubic feet of maximum cargo space is excellent for a 2012 midsize SUV. On the road, the Traverse offers responsive handling and precise steering for its large size. The Traverse’s average price ($19,961) is about $2,500 below average for the class, and in the long-term, the Traverse will save you more than $3,000 over five years relative to the class norm.
2012 Mazda CX-9
The 2012 Mazda CX-9 is selling for almost $2,100 less than the class average, and it is one of the few SUVs that offers three rows of seats as well as sporty driving dynamics. Test drivers said it’s one the most fun-to-drive SUVs in the class, and inside, its third row seat is roomy enough for adults on short trips. Over five years of ownership, the Mazda CX-9 costs about $3,100 less than the average 2012 three-row SUV. Thanks to its high quality and strong value, the Mazda CX-9 was named the 2012 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money.
2011 Buick Enclave
Although the 2011 Buick Enclave ($19,476) doesn’t have the CX-9’s sporty moves, it does offer relatively spacious three-row seating for the class. It also comes with a lot of standard features, including tri-zone automatic climate control. Behind the first row of seats, the Enclave offers 115 cubic feet of cargo space, which is excellent for a 2011 midsize SUV. Over five years, the Enclave will save you about $1,400 relative to the class average.
2010 GMC Acadia
The 2010 GMC Acadia has adult-friendly third-row seats, a handsome cabin, an easy-to-use infotainment system, and a standard V6 engine with plenty of power. On average, the 2010 Acadia is selling for $16,384, which is over $600 less than the typical 2010 three-row SUV. Plus, over five years, you’ll save about $900 relative to the class average if you own the Acadia.
2010 Toyota Highlander
Accessing the third row is very easy in the 2010 Toyota Highlander ($18,248) thanks to its sliding and folding second-row bench seat. While there isn’t much space in the third row, kids should be able to get comfortable. On the road, the Highlander offers a comfortable ride, and test drivers liked its smooth and punchy available V6 engine. Over five years of ownership, the Highlander will cost about $1,300 less than the average 2010 three-row SUV.