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Best 3-Row SUVs of 2020

For families looking for a vehicle with plenty of room for passengers and cargo, a 3-row SUV is a great alternative to a minivan. There are a ton of options out there with important differences, so here are the best 3-row SUVs of 2020.

1. 2020 Kia Telluride — 4.8/5

2020 Kia Telluride

Starting Price: $31,890

The Kia Telluride is all-new for 2020 and it’s the rookie of the year in midsize 3-row SUVs. It’s stylish inside and out, it’s super comfortable with a roomy third row, and it has plenty of cargo space to boot. Standard features are quite generous which adds to the value proposition of the Telluride. Find a Kia Telluride for sale

2. 2020 Hyundai Palisade — 4.7/5

2020 Hyundai Palisade

Starting Price: $31,975

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is the mechanical twin of the Kia Telluride and has all of the same virtues. The only real differences are a different styling and a slightly higher starting price for the Hyundai. We like the Palisade’s aesthetic and think it looks upscale for its price range, but it’s proven to be a pretty polarizing look. Find a Hyundai Palisade for sale

3. 2020 Ford Expedition — 4.7/5

2020 Ford Expedition

Starting Price: $48,990

The 2020 Ford Expedition is the king of full-size 3-row SUVs. It’s stylish inside and out, has a ton of interior space (in both standard and long-wheelbase models), and it can tow up to 9,300 lbs while being surprisingly efficient. For the 2020 model year, the Ford Co-Pilot360 safety tech suite is now standard on every trim and the stylish and luxurious Kind Ranch trim has been re-introduced to the nameplate. Find a Ford Expedition for sale

4. 2020 Honda Pilot — 4.7/5

2020 Honda Pilot

Starting Price: $31,650

Call it “boring” if you want, but the Honda Pilot has always been one of the most practical and value-conscious choices in its class and that’s no different for 2020. The Pilot is safe, reliable, and family-friendly. It also boasts a trusty V6 engine that’s both powerful and efficient. There aren’t a lot of surprises here, and we think that’s a good thing. Find a Honda Pilot for sale

5. 2020 Toyota Highlander — 4.6/5

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Starting Price: $34,600

The Toyota Highlander is all-new for 2020 and the update made a good family crossover even better. The starting price is a little high compared to rivals, but this Toyota boasts outstanding resale value. This is a comfortable and modern SUV and we love the frugal hybrid option that returns an excellent fuel economy rating of 36 combined mpg. Find a Toyota Highlander for sale

6. 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe — 4.5/5

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe

Starting Price: $49,000

The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe is a stalwart in full-size SUVs for its muscular V8 engine options and truck-like capabilities. A well-appointed interior makes the Tahoe more than just a workhorse, but the legroom in the third row is disappointing for such a big SUV. The Tahoe has the rock-solid reliability you would expect from a Chevy truck making it up for any road trip. Find a Chevrolet Tahoe for sale

7. 2020 Subaru Ascent — 4.5/5

2020 Subaru Ascent

Starting Price: $31,995

If you want something on the more rugged side of family crossovers, then the Subaru Ascent might be for you. Generous ground clearance and standard all-wheel-drive on every trim are part of what makes the Ascent a respectable off-roader. On-road, it’s a smooth cruiser that’s well-appointed with safety and technology features. Find a Subaru Ascent for sale

8. 2020 Chevrolet Traverse — 4.4/5 

Starting Price: $29,800

The Chevrolet Traverse is one of the more practical choices in 3-row SUVs. Not only does it have one of the lowest starting prices in its class, but it also has some of the most generous third-row legroom, plus plenty of cargo space. If you’re planning on using the third row of seats regularly, your passengers will appreciate the room in the way-back of the Traverse. Find a Chevrolet Traverse for sale

9. 2020 Volkswagen Atlas — 4.4/5 

Starting Price: $30,545

The Volkswagen Atlas is another 3-row crossover with a particularly roomy third row of seats that your passengers will appreciate. The Atlas is also pretty good on gas for an SUV this size. That good fuel economy combined with a generous standard feature list and a reasonable MSRP makes the Atlas a good value for families. Find a Volkswagen Atlas for sale

10. 2020 Chevrolet Suburban — 4.3/5 

2020 Chevrolet Suburban

Starting Price: $51,700

The Chevrolet Suburban is the long-wheelbase version of the Chevrolet Tahoe. Being a bigger SUV, it yields more interior space than the Tahoe and a more adult-friendly third row of seats plus plenty of cargo space. It has the same range of strong V8 engines meaning it can tow while carrying up to eight people without breaking a sweat. Find a Chevrolet Suburban for sale

11. 2020 GMC Yukon — 4.3/5

2020 GMC Yukon

Starting Price: $50,600

Think of the GMC Yukon as a more upscale version of the Chevy Tahoe/Suburban. You can get the standard wheelbase or the longer Yukon XL if you want even more interior space in your full-size SUV. Upgrading to the luxurious Denali trim gives you a stylish appearance package, a premium interior loaded with features, and a brawny 6.2-liter V8 engine. Find a GMC Yukon for sale

12. 2020 Ford Explorer — 4.1/5

2020 Ford Explorer

Starting Price: $32,765

The Ford Explorer is all-new for 2020 and it’s returned to a rear-wheel-drive platform with optional all-wheel drive. There’s a lot of variety in this SUV’s model range from the luxurious Platinum trim to the high-performance ST model to the frugal hybrid option, which still delivers plenty of power. We’re also impressed with the list of standard safety features. Find a KFord Explorer for sale

13. 2020 Kia Sorento — 4.1/5 

2020 Kia Sorento

Starting Price: $26,990

The Kia Sorento is on the smaller side of midsize 3-row SUVs. Because of that, third-row legroom and cargo space are a little tight, but it’s good for anyone who occasionally needs extra seats in a pinch. The interior is nicer than you might expect and this Kia is quite comfortable around town and on the highway. As long as you don’t need a ton of space, the Sorento is a great value. Find a Kia Sorento for sale

14. 2020 Nissan Pathfinder — 4.1/5 

2020 Nissan Pathfinder

Starting Price: $31,980

The Nissan Pathfinder is a bit outdated compared to most rivals, but it definitely has its strong suits. The third row of seats is roomy and easy to access. It also has impressive towing capacity and you might be surprised by its off-roading capabilities when equipped with all-wheel drive. The Pathfinder isn’t fancy, but it’s a practical minivan alternative. Find a Nissan Pathfinder for sale

15. 2020 Mazda CX-9 — 4.0/5

2020 Mazda CX-9

Starting Price: $33,890

The Mazda CX-9 is a midsize 3-row crossover with luxurious aspirations. It has a classy exterior, a very nice interior for its price point, and it drives like a much smaller vehicle with athletic handling. The sole engine option is both strong and efficient, but it can’t tow very much. The CX-9 has a generous standard features list, which now includes the i-Activsense safety tech suite. Find a Mazda CX-9 for sale

16. 2020 Nissan Armada — 4.1/5 

2020 Nissan Armada

Starting Price: $47,500

It’s been a while since the Nissan Armada has gotten a thorough update. However, that’s forgivable when you consider its affordable pricing for a V8-powered full-size SUV. It gets very nice in the upper trims and it offers respectable towing capabilities, but it’s not quite up to snuff with its more modern American rivals. Find a Nissan Armada for sale

17. 2020 Toyota Sequoia — 3.8/5

2020 Toyota Sequoia

Starting Price: $49,980

The Toyota Sequoia is another Japanese full-size SUV that’s gotten a bit long in the tooth. With strong off-road performance when equipped with four-wheel drive, it’s a more rugged and capable alternative to Toyota’s more popular Highlander. For a big, strong SUV with a lot of room and a lot of horsepower, most families will find more to love in one of the Sequoia’s competitors. Find a Toyota Sequoia for sale

18. 2020 Dodge Durango — 3.2/5 

2020 Dodge Durango

Starting Price: $30,795

The Dodge Durango is a more muscular alternative to it’s softer competitors. With a strong standard V6 and multiple V8 options, the Durango is like a muscle car with seven seats. While we like the cool styling and drag strip-ready performance of this Dodge, it’s generally outdated and falls behind its rival 3-row SUVs in almost every other category. Find a Dodge Durango for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More

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