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10 Best Used 3-Row SUVs Under $5,000

A modest budget of $5,000 can go farther than you might think on the used SUV market. There are plenty of practical 3-row SUVs at affordable prices with family-friendly interiors. Some of them are also pretty good at towing and off-roading.

Here are the best used 3-row SUVs you can find on Autotrader under $5,000.

1. 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe

2003 Chevrolet Tahoe Front Left Side in Beige

The Chevy Tahoe is one SUV that can do it all. It’s a big 3-row SUV with a brawny V8 engine and truck-like capabilities. It’s not the most fuel-efficient SUV, but if you need one SUV that can haul many people and a lot of stuff while towing a boat, a used Tahoe is a great option. See Chevrolet Tahoe models for sale

2. 2004 Dodge Durango

2004 Dodge Durango Front Driver Side in Blue

The second-generation Dodge Durango was the last one that still used a truck-based, body-on-frame platform. For 2004, it had a standard V6 engine and two V8 options, making it a pretty muscular SUV. The available third-row seat gave this Durango seating for up to eight people. See Dodge Durango models for sale

3. 2006 Ford Explorer

2006 Ford Explorer Front Right Side in Maroon

The fourth-generation Ford Explorer was a roomy 3-row SUV that was also pretty capable off-road when equipped with 4-wheel drive. A refined suspension and nice interior mean these Explorer models are aging well. The third row has a power-folding option, which is pretty fancy for this price range if you can find it. See Ford Explorer models for sale

4. 2005 GMC Envoy XL

2005 GMC Envoy Front Right Side

The GMC Envoy XL was a long-wheelbase version of the regular Envoy, adding a third row of seats. This family-friendly SUV was almost as long as the full-size GMC Yukon XL, making it a pretty big SUV with plenty of space. An available V8 engine gives this GMC some extra muscle. See GMC Envoy XL models for sale

5. 2006 Honda Pilot

2006 Honda Pilot Front Right Side in Silver

The Honda Pilot is a trusted name in family SUVs. With its roomy 3-row seating and family-friendly features, the Pilot is like a minivan with an SUV body and available all-wheel drive. The tried-and-true standard V6 under the hood has a proven reliability record, and it strikes a satisfying balance of performance and efficiency. See Honda Pilot models for sale

6. 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe

2007 Hyundai Santa Fe Front Left Side in Silver

The Hyundai Santa Fe used to be available with a third row of seats. The Santa Fe is a value option in used 3-row SUVs since you can get a fairly modern one in this price range. It has a design that’s aging nicely, and it has agreeable car-like driving dynamics. It’s also pretty generous with standard safety features like side-curtain airbags and electronic stability control. See Hyundai Santa Fe models for sale

7. 2006 Jeep Commander

2006 Jeep Commander Front Left Side in Bronze

Unsurprisingly, the Jeep Commander is a family SUV with pretty good off-road chops. It’s not as proficient off-road as a Wrangler, but the Commander is good for drivers who need 3-row seating and want some adventurous capabilities. Its boxy aesthetic gives the Commander a distinct Jeep character that none of its rivals can imitate. See Jeep Commander models for sale

8. 2005 Nissan Pathfinder

2005 Nissan Pathfinder Front Left Side in Gold

The “R51” model was the final generation of the Nissan Pathfinder that stuck to its roots as a real off-roader with body-on-frame construction similar to the Nissan trucks at the time. On top of its impressive off-road prowess, it has spacious 3-row seating and excellent towing capabilities when equipped with the available V8 engine. See Nissan Pathfinder models for sale

9. 2006 Subaru Tribeca

Subaru Tribeca Front Left Side in Silver

If you like the idea of something on the quirky side of 3-row SUVs, consider the Subaru Tribeca. This was Subaru’s first shot at a 3-row crossover, which has since been replaced with the more conventional Ascent. If you like the odd styling of the Tribeca, it’s a solid choice in family SUVs with excellent safety scores. Of course, all-wheel drive is standard on every trim. See Subaru Tribeca models for sale

10. 2004 Toyota Highlander

2004 Toyota Highlander Front Right Side in Silver

The Toyota Highlander holds its value very well, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find an affordable used model. The Highlander benefits from its excellent reputation for safety and reliability, plus good handling for an SUV this size. The optional third row is a little tight for adults, but it’s good for little ones. See Toyota Highlander models 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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