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8 Great Used 3-Row SUVs Under $20,000 for 2019

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A 3-row SUV makes for an excellent family hauler and a more rugged alternative to a more bland minivan. Combining the capability and versatility of an SUV with the family-friendliness of three rows of seats makes for one vehicle that pretty much does it all. Finding one on the used market can save you some serious money compared to a new model giving you the most bang for your buck.

Here are eight great used 3-row SUVs you can find on Autotrader for under $20,000 for 2019.

2011-2019 Ford Explorer

2011-2019 Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer got an extreme makeover when it was redesigned for the 2011 model year. It made the big switch from body-on-frame construction with rear-wheel drive to a more car like setup with a unibody construction and standard front-wheel drive with available all-wheel drive. The result is a comfortable cruiser with three rows of seats that still has some respectable off-road chops when equipped with AWD. If you're lucky, you'll be able to find a used model from the 2016 or newer face-lift, which brought with it revised styling and a stronger 4-cylinder engine. Find a Ford Explorer for sale

2013-2017 Buick Enclave

2013-2017 Buick Enclave

Among the trio of midsize 3-row crossovers from General Motors -- the Chevrolet Traverse, the GMC Acadia and the Buick Enclave -- the Buick is arguably the best value on the used market. It's the most well-equipped of the three and depreciation has brought its price down to a pretty similar level as its stablemates. The classy Enclave has excellent interior quality, a roomy third row with generous cargo space to boot, and got a nice face-lift for 2013, which threw in a standard IntelliLink infotainment system and a standard rearview camera. Find a Buick Enclave for sale

2013-2019 Nissan Pathfinder

2013-2019 Nissan Pathfinder

The Nissan Pathfinder may not be the off-road beast that it used to be, but we can't complain because its current iteration is a great family SUV. Its third row of seats is not only roomy, but it's easy to access, which is something that can't be said of all of its competitors. If you're planning on using the third row often, the Pathfinder is one of the better choices on this list. We also like its good fuel economy and its strong standard V6 engine. Find a Nissan Pathfinder for sale

2007-2014 Chevrolet Tahoe

2007-2014 Chevrolet Tahoe

The Chevrolet Tahoe is a go-anywhere, do-anything SUV that can carry the whole family and all of their gear while towing a boat without breaking a sweat. This full-size SUV is a brawny beast with an excellent standard V8 and real truck like capability that you just won't find in a more car like crossover. You should also keep an eye out for the Tahoe's even bigger sibling, the Suburban, which is mechanically identical, but is a bit longer giving the third-row passengers more room along with more cargo space. Find a Chevrolet Tahoe for sale

2016-2019 Kia Sorento

2016-2019 Kia Sorento

One option that you might have forgotten about among its more established rivals is the excellent Kia Sorento. This is a crossover that is not to be overlooked because it offers outstanding value on the used market. The Sorento has a surprisingly high-end interior, lively available engines, composed handling and a generous array of available safety features. This Kia is both easy and fun to drive, especially when equipped with either the turbocharged inline-four or the V6 engine, which we recommend over the underwhelming base engine. Luckily, depreciation makes the better engine much more affordable than it is when buying new. Find a Kia Sorento for sale

2011-2019 Dodge Durango

2011-2019 Dodge Durango

As far as unibody crossovers go, the Dodge Durango might be the most muscular of the bunch. Not only does it have macho, muscle car like styling, but it has a standard V6 and an available V8, which is a rarity in midsize SUVs. But it isn't all about performance, as the Durango also offers a comfortable ride, a nice interior, strong safety ratings and pretty good fuel economy from the base V6 engine. For the dad who simply won't take the minivan plunge, the Durango is one of the best and manliest options in family SUVs. Find a Dodge Durango for sale

2007-2013 Acura MDX

2007-2013 Acura MDX

Why get a Honda Pilot when you could get a great deal on its luxury counterpart: the Acura MDX? This midsize luxury crossover has sharp styling, a refined interior and driving character that seriously rivals its tough European rivals. The MDX also has great safety scores, but something to keep in mind if you're going to use this for family hauling duty is that the third row of seats is really only suitable for children. When those way-back seats are folded down, this Acura has very generous cargo space. Find a Acura MDX for sale

2011-2013 Toyota Highlander

2011-2013 Toyota Highlander

The safe and reliable Toyota Highlander is a true stalwart in midsize 3-row SUVs. The one in the sweet spot of sub-$20k value right now is the post-face-lift second-generation model. The 2011 update brought with it updated styling which still looks modern today and the third row of seats became standard. Among the Highlander's many virtues are a well-built interior, strong fuel economy from the base engine, and even better fuel economy from the hybrid variant, which can also be found at this price point, but it won't be as common as the conventional gas-powered version. Find a Toyota Highlander for sale

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