A 3-row SUV is an excellent way to combine minivan like convenience with SUV versatility. They may not have conveniences like sliding doors, but some of them might surprise you with just how much room is in the third row, even for adult passengers. If you’re shopping for a big family vehicle, there are a few 3-row midsize SUVs that should definitely be on your radar.
Here are seven great 3-row SUVs that you can get brand new for less than $40,000 in 2019. The prices listed below are the starting prices of each vehicle including destination charges.
Toyota Highlander Hybrid – $38,265
2019 is the final model year for the current generation of the Toyota Highlander, but it remains a very competitive family SUV. We especially like the hybrid model, which is the most efficient SUV on this list returning 29 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Like the standard Highlander, the Highlander Hybrid benefits from an upscale interior, a ton of standard safety tech, and rock-solid Toyota reliability. The hybrid also gives you standard all-wheel-drive, which is very nice to have in climates where the roads get nasty in winter. Find a Toyota Highlander Hybrid for sale
Mazda CX-9 – $33,325
Mazda has been building a reputation for making SUVs that have the same fun-to-drive demeanor as its smaller, sportier offerings. The brand has done an excellent job baking that "zoom zoom" DNA into its biggest model, the 3-row Mazda CX-9. It has a lively engine and surprisingly nimble handling making it a delight to drive for a crossover this size. With a budget of $40,000, you can upgrade to the Touring model, which throws in more safety tech and leather seats which are heated in front. It takes a really nice interior and makes it nicer. Find a Mazda CX-9 for sale
Chevrolet Traverse – $31,125
The Chevy Traverse is a great minivan alternative that you can tell was designed with families in mind. The third row of seats is roomy and easy to access and there’s plenty of cargo space to boot. Not only is it roomy, but it has a smooth, comfortable ride, making it one of the best road trip SUVs out there. With $40,000, you could get an LT Cloth model with AWD, which adds second-row captain’s chairs, fog lamps, heated power mirrors and more. If you like the idea of a minivan cleverly disguised as an SUV, the Traverse is worth a look. Find a Chevrolet Traverse for sale
Dodge Durango – $34,540
Looking for something a little more muscular than your average crossover? The Dodge Durango has muscle car like styling and the performance to back it up. Unfortunately, you can’t get one with a V8 for under $40,000, but what you can get is the GT model, which gives it a sporty appearance package. The Durango’s standard V6 engine gives it an impressive towing capacity of up to 6,200 pounds and more cargo space than most of its rivals making it another good SUV for road trips, especially if you’re pulling a boat. Find a Dodge Durango for sale
Kia Telluride – $32,735
The Kia Telluride is a new contender in this competitive segment and it already stands out as one of the finest in its class. We love the rugged, modern aesthetic, the well-designed interior, and outstanding ride quality that adds up to give its more established rivals some serious competition. The Telluride also comes standard with a lot of standard safety tech including rear parking sensors, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, forward collision warning with brake assist, adaptive cruise control and much more. For under $40,000, you could upgrade to the EX model, which adds leather seats, UVO link with enhanced navigation features, a smart power lift gate, highway driving assist and more. Find a Kia Telluride for sale
Subaru Ascent – $33,005
The Subaru Ascent takes quirky Subaru charm and grows it into a 3-row SUV without sacrificing any character. Of course, being a Subaru, AWD is standard on every trim making all of them pretty competent off-roaders while still being composed on the street. It also boasts good cargo capacity, which is great for camping trips with the family. If we were to option an Ascent for under $40,000, we would go with the Premium model with the optional second-row captain’s chairs. If you’re looking for off-roading abilities and inimitable charm combined with family-friendliness, the Ascent is one of the most distinct 3-row SUVs available. Find a Subaru Ascent for sale
Honda Pilot – $32,545
The Honda Pilot is a stalwart in family SUVs for good reasons. It’s a safe, practical, reliable family hauler and it’s gotten a nice little face-lift for the 2019 model year. The 2019 refresh includes updated styling, a revised infotainment system with the welcome return of a regular volume knob, an updated transmission, and standard Honda Sensing technology on every trim. The Honda Sensing safety tech suite includes a collision mitigation braking system, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. The sweet spot in value for the Pilot if you’re keeping it under $40k is the EX-L trim with AWD which gives you leather seats, navigation, a power moonroof, the better infotainment system, and even second-row passenger sunshades. Find a Honda Pilot for sale