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Best Used 3-Row SUVs Under $20,000

Three-row crossovers and SUVs are excellent minivan alternatives for families who need a lot of seats, but they can get a little pricey on the new market. If you shop used, you can get a nice, modern, roomy 3-row SUV at a steep discount.

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

2013-2017 Buick Enclave

2013-2017 Buick Enclave

The Buick Enclave straddles the line between mainstream and luxury, and it makes for a great value in used 3-row crossovers. It has generous interior space for passengers and cargo, with more room than most of the more expensive competitors from more prestigious luxury brands. The Enclave got a nice facelift in 2013, with revised exterior and interior styling and more standard equipment, including the IntelliLink infotainment system and a rearview camera. The Enclave’s corporate cousins — the Chevrolet Traverse and the GMC Acadia — are also worth considering. Find a Buick Enclave for sale

2009-2014 Chevrolet Suburban

2009-2014 Chevrolet Suburban

The Chevrolet Suburban is one of the most trusted names in full-size SUVs thanks to its rock-solid dependability and trucklike capabilities. Its interior space is massive, with seating for up to nine and generous cargo space to boot. You get a choice of two brawny V8 engines, and the Suburban also boasts available 4-wheel drive and surprisingly good fuel economy for such a huge SUV. A 6-speed automatic transmission and Bluetooth connectivity became standard in 2009, making it a good model year to start with when shopping for a used Suburban. Find a Chevrolet Suburban for sale

2013-2019 Ford Flex

2013-2019 Ford Flex

Ford is normally a pretty traditional brand, but it threw away the playbook when it designed the Ford Flex. Whether you want to call it an SUV, a crossover or a station wagon, the Flex is a quirky, boxy family hauler that’s quite unlike anything else on the road. Its funky styling still stands out, especially from its 2013 facelift, which revised the exterior and greatly improved the interior, which has an adult-friendly third row. If you can find one in this price range, we strongly recommend opting for a Flex with the twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine, which delivers stunning performance for a practical family wagon. Find a Ford Flex for sale

2012-2015 Honda Pilot

2012-2015 Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot is a safe, practical choice in used 3-row SUVs, and it does a great minivan impression in an SUV’s body. The third row of seats has generous space and can be used regularly without hearing a lot of complaints from passengers in the way back. Adding to its family-friendliness is an available back-seat entertainment system that makes long road trips fly by. It might not be the hottest thing on the road, but if practicality is what you’re looking for, then the trusty Pilot is a great value. Find a Honda Pilot for sale

2013-2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

2013-2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Before the Hyundai Santa Fe became exclusively a 2-row midsize SUV, it was a 3-row crossover with a smaller 2-row option called the Santa Fe Sport. For the 2019 model year, the 3-row Santa Fe was called the Santa Fe XL. The third row of seats is admittedly a little cramped, but the Santa Fe has a surprisingly premium interior, offers a comfortable ride and boasts a strong V6 engine that returns respectable fuel economy. With a budget of $20,000, you can shop in the upper trims of the Santa Fe — you might be surprised by how nice it gets on the high end. Find a Hyundai Santa Fe for sale

2016-2019 Mazda CX-9

2016-2019 Mazda CX-9

The Mazda CX-9 is on the premium side of midsize 3-row crossovers from nonluxury brands, especially in its higher trims. It’s also the athlete of the group, with agile driving dynamics and a responsive engine. Its outstanding safety ratings add to its credibility as a family hauler. The interior isn’t as roomy as some of its rivals, but it has an upscale cabin with premium materials and it’s very comfortable in the first two rows. A used CX-9 in your driveway will probably make your neighbors think you spent more than you really did on this swanky SUV. Find a Mazda CX-9 for sale

2013-2019 Nissan Pathfinder

2013-2019 Nissan Pathfinder

The Nissan Pathfinder used to be a rugged off-roader, but it’s turned into a practical family hauler. It’s a strong value on the used market thanks to its roomy and easily accessible third row and its sleek styling, which we think is aging nicely. Under the hood lies a strong V6 engine that delivers a satisfying blend of performance and efficiency. The Pathfinder got a facelift for 2017 that refreshed the exterior, improved the suspension and added an intuitive 8-in touchscreen infotainment system as standard equipment on every trim. Find a Nissan Pathfinder for sale

2014-2016 Toyota Highlander

2014-2016 Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander entered a new generation in 2020, but the outgoing generation is worth a look as a bargain in used 3-row crossovers. The Highlander has a roomy, upscale cabin with plenty of storage space, great fuel economy and strong safety scores. If you’re shopping for a used Highlander, we recommend getting one with the optional V6 engine, which comes standard on most trims. There’s also a super-efficient Highlander Hybrid, which is great for families looking to save a few bucks on gas, but it’s a little harder to find in this price range. Find a Toyota Highlander for sale

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