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10 Most Affordable New 3-Row SUVs for 2019

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Shopping for 3-row SUVs can sometimes lead to sticker shock, especially if you're looking at luxury SUVs. With added options, some family SUVs can get pretty expensive pretty easily, but that doesn't mean you need to spend an arm and a leg to get a spacious utility vehicle. In fact, you might be surprised by how affordable a new 3-row SUV can be and how much value you can get for your money. Some can even be had for well under the $30,000 mark.

Here are the top 10 most affordable new 3-row SUVs you can get in 2019. All prices listed below include the base MSRP plus destination charges.

Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot -- $32,545

The Honda Pilot shares some of its DNA with the Honda Odyssey minivan, which is a good thing if you're looking for a family-friendly SUV. The big advantage the Pilot has over the Odyssey is that it's available with all-wheel drive. A few other things that families will like about the Pilot is its spacious cargo capacity, smooth ride, and a third row of seats that's actually pretty adult-friendly. A nice new perk for the 2019 model is standard HondaSensing driver assistance tech on every trim, including the affordable base LX model. Find a Honda Pilot for sale

Hyundai Santa Fe XL

Hyundai Santa Fe XL -- $31,995

What used to be the 3-row version of the Hyundai Santa Fe is now called the Santa Fe XL. This roomy midsize crossover has a cabin that's quiet, comfortable and well-designed. Its base 4-cylinder engine is good on gas, meaning long family trips will be a little easier on your wallet. Also helping your budget is low running costs thanks to excellent reliability. By excelling in reliability, safety and fuel economy, the Santa Fe XL is a practical and pragmatic SUV that you can trust. Find a Hyundai Santa Fe for sale

Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen Atlas -- $31,890

As the biggest vehicle in the Volkswagen lineup, the Volkswagen Atlas serves as the brand's big family hauler with a roomy cabin with three rows of seats. Thanks to its boxy design, it also has a pretty roomy cargo hold even when all three rows of seats are in use. Its German engineering shines with a composed driving character that might make you think you're behind the wheel of a smaller vehicle. The Atlas also benefits from a great infotainment system that's easy to use and some driver assistance tech that has become standard for the 2019 model like automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and more. Find a Volkswagen Atlas for sale

Ford Flex

Ford Flex -- $31,670

You could get away with calling the Ford Flex a wagon, but for the sake of this list, we'll call it a crossover SUV. Whatever you want to call it, it's a funky family hauler with three rows of seats and an aesthetic that certainly stands out in the crossover crowd. Since the Flex is pretty much a box, there's a lot of room on the inside for both passengers and cargo. A couple of other things we love about the Flex are its user-friendly SYNC 3 infotainment system and strong base engine. If you have room in your budget to upgrade to the muscular turbocharged EcoBoost engine, we highly recommend it. Find a Ford Flex for sale

Chevrolet Traverse

Chevrolet Traverse -- $31,125

If you're looking for minivan practicality in an SUV body, the Chevy Traverse is one of your best options. There are a lot of roomy SUVs on this list, but the Traverse has one of the biggest interiors in its class with a very adult-friendly third row. This Chevrolet also provides a smooth ride meaning it can effortlessly eat up miles on the highway while your whole family rides in comfort. The Traverse offers an attractive blend of cargo and passenger room, reliability, safety ratings and value to make it one of the best 3-row SUVs for families on the market. Find a Chevrolet Traverse for sale

GMC Acadia

GMC Acadia -- $30,195

The GMC Acadia used to be the mechanical twin of the Chevy Traverse, but in its current generation it's a little smaller, but still offers three rows of seats. The Acadia's interior is a bit more upscale on the base level than the one in the Traverse, but being a slightly smaller SUV, it's also a bit more cramped in the third row. On top of its classy styling, perks of the Acadia include user-friendly tech, good fuel economy, and lots of room to move up going all the way to the Denali trim pushing this SUV into luxury territory without costing a fortune. Find a GMC Acadia for sale

Kia Sorento -- $27,335

The Kia Sorento offers a ton of bang for your buck in midsize 3-row SUVs. It has an interior that's a lot nicer than you might expect to find at this price point and the excellent UVO infotainment systems, which is one of our favorites. The Sorento has a few nice new perks for 2019 like refreshed styling and new optional driver-assistance features, which you can add while still keeping the price pretty affordable. Families on a budget looking for a strong value should definitely check out the Sorento. Find a Kia Sorento for sale

Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Outlander -- $25,790

The Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the very few compact crossovers that has three rows of seats. Since it's a compact rather than a midsize like most of the SUVs on this list, the third row is quite cramped and it eats into the cargo area. If you only occasionally need a third row of seats, the Outlander is good for hauling a lot of people in a pinch. However, if you need that third row for everyday family hauling, the Outlander is not ideal for the passengers back there. That said, the Outlander is good on gas and very affordable. Find a Mitsubishi Outlander for sale

Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan -- $25,290

The Volkswagen Tiguan is another one of the few compact SUVs with a third row of seats. Like the Outlander, it's pretty tight back there and you don't have a whole lot of cargo space when all seven seats are folded up, but when the third row is folded down the Tiguan has generous cargo space. The Tiguan also benefits from good reliability, a pleasant ride and overall strong value. Adding to that reliability is a great 6-year/72,000-mile warranty giving you an extra layer of peace of mind. Find a Volkswagen Tiguan for sale

Dodge Journey

Dodge Journey -- $24,490

The most affordable 3-row SUV you can buy in 2019 is the Dodge Journey. The Journey is a midsize SUV that's priced like a compact SUV, partially because it's been on the market for a decade without any major updates. The third row of seats is roomier than the ones in the aforementioned compact SUVs, but the Journey's interior overall is a bit dated. That said, the infotainment system is modern and user-friendly. If an affordable price is your top priority in a new three-row SUV, the Journey is worth a look. Find a Dodge Journey for sale

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