The 3-row SUV is a popular family hauler choice for obvious reasons. It takes minivan practicality and seating space and combines that with the rugged aesthetic of an SUV, sometimes adding in real off-road capability as well.
Here are seven great used 3-row SUVs you can find on Autotrader for under $10,000 in 2019.
2008-2017 Buick Enclave
The Buick Enclave is at the top of a trio of popular 3-row midsize crossovers, with the other two being the Chevy Traverse and the GMC Acadia. All three are great, but the Buick arguably gives you the most bang for your buck on the used market due to its premium features and affordable pricing. The Enclave was mostly unchanged through its first generation, but it got a nice face-lift for 2013 that brought a nicer interior, a standard backup camera, and a standard IntelliLink infotainment system. The Enclave has a roomy third row, plenty of cargo space, and surprisingly composed handling for a big, comfy cruiser. Find a Buick Enclave for sale
2011-2019 Ford Explorer
The Ford Explorer made the big switch from a body-on-frame, rear-wheel-drive architecture to a unibody, front-wheel-drive setup. The result was a 3-row family SUV with excellent road manners, a high-tech interior and good off-road performance when equipped with 4-wheel drive. It’s a well-rounded SUV that’s comfortable, delivers good performance (especially from its optional EcoBoost engines) and returns good fuel economy. For a versatile family SUV that’s a strong performer both on- and off-road, the Explorer is a great value. Find a Ford Explorer for sale
2007-2015 Mazda CX-9
The first generation of the Mazda CX-9 is an excellent value in used 3-row crossovers. Some midsize crossovers have cramped cargo space when all of the seats are in use, but that’s not the case with this roomy Mazda. It also came generously equipped with standard safety features and offered an upscale interior and the sporty driving dynamics that Mazda is famous for. We also like the sleek styling of the CX-9 that makes it look not quite like the other 3-row SUVs on the road. Find a Mazda CX-9 for sale
2002-2006 Cadillac Escalade
The second-generation Cadillac Escalade from the mid-2000s is the one that made the Escalade name iconic. This full-size luxury SUV has obvious Chevy truck underpinnings, but we say that’s not a bad thing since it means it has some serious capability to go with its luxurious interior. That power comes from a standard V8, and it handles better than you might think for such a huge SUV. For an affordable luxury vehicle that can haul the whole family and tow a boat without breaking a sweat, a used Cadillac Escalade lets you roll in style on a budget. Find a Cadillac Escalade for sale
2011-2015 Kia Sorento
Much like the Ford Explorer, the Kia Sorento made the switch from truck-like construction to a more car-like crossover in 2011. This Sorento had an available third row that added to its versatility as a comfortable and practical SUV. We especially like its available V6, which strikes an excellent balance of power and fuel economy. If you’re going to be using that third row of seats often, the base 4-cylinder engine might feel underpowered. Other virtues of the Sorento include a lot of standard features and a pleasant look that we think is aging well. Find a Kia Sorento for sale
2007-2013 Acura MDX
If you like the idea of a 3-row luxury SUV but don’t quite need the girth of the mighty Escalade, then the Acura MDX could be right up your alley. The MDX is mechanically similar to the Honda Pilot, which has a lot in common with the Honda Odyssey minivan, making the MDX a minivan that’s very well disguised as a luxury SUV. It has a stylish design inside and out and standard AWD, which makes it a surprisingly strong off-roader. As for on-road performance, it has driving dynamics so good that it’s seriously competitive with more expensive European rivals. Find an Acura MDX for sale
2008-2013 Toyota Highlander
The Toyota Highlander has long been a popular minivan alternative for families looking for a roomy SUV, and the generation that ran from 2008-2013 is in a sweet spot of value right now. The third row of seats became standard in 2011 when it got its face-lift, which significantly changed the front end. The third-row seats were optional before that. The Highlander offers everything you’d expect from a Toyota, like good ratings for safety, reliability and fuel economy. Like the Sorento, we recommend looking for one with the available V6 engine. Find a Toyota Highlander for sale