If you need a family vehicle with threowse r of seats with $5,000 to spend, that budget can go further than you might think. 3-row crossovers and SUVs have been popular for long enough that there are a lot of strong choices popping up at very affordable prices on the used market, some of which are even from luxury brands.
Here are seven good used 3-row SUVs you can find on Autotrader for less than $5,000 in 2019.
2002-2007 Buick Rendezvous
The Buick Rendezvous was the first-ever SUV from the brand which now makes more SUVs than sedans. It was an early entry in the crossover craze offering car-like road manners with SUV-like versatility. Part of that versatility was the third row of seats making it an attractive minivan alternative. It was even available with a back-seat DVD player which your kids will appreciate on road trips. The Rendezvous is a great value today considering its nice interior, a strong V6 as the base engine, available all-wheel drive (AWD) and interesting styling that you don’t see every day. Find a Buick Rendezvous for sale
2001-2006 Acura MDX
The Acura MDX is a luxury SUV based on the Honda Pilot, which means you get the safety and reliability that Honda is famous for in a luxurious package. The MDX is an early example of a luxury 3-row crossover and it had an attractive standard powertrain of a V6 with standard AWD. The AWD system even had a lock mode which makes it a pretty respectable off-roader without compromising on-road comfort and handling. The first-generation MDX is aging nicely with its stylish design, refined interior and satisfying driving dynamics. Not to mention the convenience of three rows of seats. Find a Acura MDX for sale
2000-2006 Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban
The Chevrolet Tahoe and the longer Chevy Suburban have a well-earned reputation as go-anywhere, do-anything full-size SUVs. These V8-powered brutes are some of the older SUVs on this list, but they have all of the toughness that Chevy trucks are famous for and there are still some clean examples to be found on the used market at very affordable prices. Don’t let a high number on the odometer scare you, these babies run forever. This was the first generation that the Tahoe was available with a third row of seats, but the cargo space gets a little tight when all of the seats are up. If you need to carry a lot of people and all of their stuff to boot, the bigger Suburban will be more your speed. Find a Chevrolet Tahoe for sale or Find a Chevrolet Suburban for sale
2001-2007 Toyota Highlander
The Toyota Highlander is known as one of the more practical and versatile family vehicles that isn’t a minivan and that was very true of this generation of the popular SUV. The Highlander does have optional third-row seating, but be warned that it’s pretty cramped back there for adults and these should really only be used by folks who don’t need a lot of legroom, particularly children. That said, the Highlander has a lot going for it like outstanding safety scores, rock-solid reliability and roomy seating for the first and second rows. If you just need practical, affordable family transportation but can’t make the minivan leap, this Highlander is a top choice. Find a Toyota Highlander for sale
2002-2005 Ford Explorer
The third generation of the Ford Explorer was short-lived, but it’s in the sweet spot of Ford SUVs for less than $5,000. This Explorer is special for being the first one with its own dedicated platform rather than being an SUV version of an existing pickup truck (namely, the Ranger). It was also the first Explorer with three rows of seats. This brief generation of the Explorer was also offered in two more luxurious variants: the Mercury Mountaineer and the Lincoln Aviator. If you’re looking for a somewhat modern SUV that still has good old fashioned body-on-frame construction, this Explorer is a good choice in used 3-row SUVs. Find a Ford Explorer for sale
2005-2012 Nissan Pathfinder
This Nissan Pathfinder was the first one with three rows of seats as the model evolved from hardcore off-roader to more of a family SUV. Don’t be fooled by its family-friendly roominess, this Pathfinder is still an excellent off-roader and we especially like it when equipped with the optional V8 engine. Even with all seven seats in use, the Pathfinder has versatile cargo space and is space efficient thanks to its boxy design. The Pathfinder is also notable for its excellent towing capability of up to 7,000 pounds which makes it one of the better vehicles on this list for hauling up to seven people while towing a boat. If you’re looking to do some towing and off-roading with your family hauler, the Pathfinder excels at just about anything you could ask of an SUV. Find a Nissan Pathfinder for sale
2009-2015 Dodge Journey
The Dodge Journey, which is still in production today with no significant updates since it first came out, has now been around for so long that you can find them for less than $5,000 on the used market. It’s not often that you can find a used example of the current generation of a vehicle for that low of a price, especially a 3-row SUV. The Journey is a midsize crossover with a roomy interior with three rows of seats and good fuel economy from its base engine. It also had available AWD which was a popular option making it a bit more confidence-inspiring when the roads get nasty. The newest examples of the Journey you’ll find on Autotrader at this price point are around the 2015 model and we recommend getting one from 2011 or newer thanks to a heavily refreshed interior and a brawny, newly available V6. Find a Dodge Journey for sale