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10 Best Used 3-Row SUVs Under $20,000


Whether you’re looking to accommodate a growing family or simply need extra seating in a pinch, a 3-row SUV can offer tons of flexibility.

As these 10 sub-$20,000 3-row SUVs prove, you don’t have to break the bank to take one home. Here’s a look at 10 of the best $20,000-or-less SUVs with seating in three rows.

1. 2014-2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Chevrolet Traverse front left in red

These spacious, well-equipped SUVs have massive interiors with plenty of room in all three rows, plus enough cargo space for road trips. See Chevrolet Traverse models for sale

2. 2011-2014 Dodge Durango

2014 Dodge Durango front left

With its performance-oriented chassis and optional V8 engine choices, the Dodge Durango serves up a blend of enthusiast-friendly appeal. These SUVs also have terrific interiors with comfortable seats and good cargo space. See Dodge Durango models for sale

3. 2017-2019 Dodge Journey

2019 Dodge Journey

If you’re set on finding one of the newest 3-row SUVs for $20,000 or less, look to the Dodge Journey. These SUVs have tidy dimensions outside and the option for a high-end infotainment system inside, plus some of the newest ones may still have factory warranty coverage. See Dodge Journey models for sale

4. 2012-2014 Ford Expedition

2014 Ford Expedition

If you’re looking for a versatile SUV that offers towing confidence as well as a spacious interior, the Ford Expedition delivers. In either standard or extended EL versions, the Expedition has a comfortable, well-equipped cabin and a 9,000-pound towing capacity when properly equipped. See Ford Expedition models for sale

5. 2011-2015 Ford Explorer

2015 Ford Explorer

This perennial favorite is justifiably popular thanks to its comfortable ride and well-equipped cabin. The Ford Explorer was popular when new, which means there are plenty available on the used market, too. See Ford Explorer models for sale

6. 2012-2015 Mazda CX-9

2015 Mazda CX-9

The Mazda CX-9 is a big SUV that takes to curvy roads far better than its big dimensions might otherwise suggest. Add in its strong V6 engine and its comfortable interior and it’s a must-shop. See Mazda CX-9 models for sale

7. 2013-2015 Nissan Pathfinder

2015 Nissan Pathfinder

Spacious, well-equipped, and boasting a comfortable ride, the redesigned-for-2013 Pathfinder is a great choice for families looking for a good balance between comfort and value. See Nissan Pathfinder models for sale

8. 2015-2017 Nissan Rogue

2017 Nissan Rogue

Nissan’s midsize SUV offers a good balance between comfort, features, and size. While the optional third row isn’t ideal for adults, it’s great for kids. This feature was discontinued after the 2017 model year, so shop carefully. See Nissan Rogue models for sale

9. 2010-2014 Toyota Highlander

2014 Toyota Highlander

You may have to look back a few years to find a Toyota Highlander that fits within our budget parameters, but these polished SUVs are worth the search. In addition, the frugal Highlander Hybrid offers great fuel economy. See Toyota Highlander models for sale

10. 2018-2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

Certain versions of the VW Tiguan were equipped with third-row seating. You may have to search a little to find one, but these well-equipped and comfortable SUVs are worth the hunt. They’re relatively small outside but remarkably spacious inside. See Volkswagen Tiguan models for sale

10 Best Used 3-Row SUVs Under $20,000

1. 2014-2016 Chevrolet Traverse
2. 2011-2014 Dodge Durango
3. 2017-2019 Dodge Journey
4. 2012-2014 Ford Expedition
5. 2011-2015 Ford Explorer
6. 2012-2015 Mazda CX-9
7.2013-2015 Nissan Pathfinder
8. 2015-2017 Nissan Rogue
9. 2010-2014 Toyota Highlander
10. 2018-2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

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 about Eric Brandt

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