Recently, the folks at Jeep unveiled the latest variant of the Grand Cherokee, which tacks an L onto the nameplate and a third row in the interior—and which inspired this list. If you’re wrangling kids and don’t want to pay the minivan tax, start your window shopping here.
It only makes sense for it to kick off the list with the newest member of the three-row crossover clan, the Grand Cherokee. Powering the Grand Cherokee L will be your choice of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or the 5.7-liter Hemi V8. Obviously, you’ll have to wait until this new Jeep hits dealers to take a look for yourself, which we expect to happen this spring.
Read our Jeep Grand Cherokee L Story
A staple in the crossover and SUV world, it only makes sense for the Ford Explorer to make an appearance on this list. The latest generation of Explorer is available with three different powertrain options. Couple that with a wide array of trim options and available features, and the Explorer hits a lot of price points
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As you’d expect, Ford’s crossover lineup doesn’t stop with the Explorer. No, the Expedition takes the top slot in terms of size, important for those with larger families or lots of stuff. While the base Expedition only comes with five-passenger seating, jumping up to the XLT model gets you the spacious eight-passenger cabin.
Read our Ford Expedition Review
Like the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet’s Suburban is a staple of the SUV world and would be impossible to leave off a list of essential three-row SUVs. Spanning 12 generations, the Suburban has etched itself into the culture of capable people haulers.
Read our Chevrolet Suburban Review
Kia’s Telluride quickly became a highly popular product when it rolled out off the production line in 2019. This three-row SUV comes in front- or all-wheel drive and a bevy of options to make your family more comfortable for more money. The 3.8-liter V6 is standard across the board regardless of price.
Read our Kia Telluride Review
Similar to the Kia, this Hyundai Palisade is a three-row, stylish and reasonably priced SUV. Also powered by a 3.8-liter V6 making 291 hp, the Palisade doesn’t get any quicker the more money you throw at it. However, it does get more amenities and features that could make your family happier campers on long road trips
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Another new entry into the crossover battle is the recently updated 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe. The Tahoe is another stalwart of the segment, having been around since 1992, with this newest version getting three different engine choices, two of which are gasoline-burning (a 5.3-liter or a 6.2-liter V8), with the diesel option displacing 3.0-liters from six cylinders.
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Mazda’s big crossover is its range-topping CX-9. The CX-9 follows Mazda’s general styling direction on the inside and out, meaning this will be one of the more stylish SUVs you’ll find without jumping into the exotic realm. Powering the CX-9 is a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four cylinder making 250 hp
Read our Mazda CX-9 Review
Subaru’s entry into the three-row fray is the Ascent. This crossover packs Subaru’s signature flat-four power, making it one of the more unique crossovers on the market. And the Ascent builds on Subaru’s sure-footed reputation while giving folks space for growing families.
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The Dodge Durango might be one of the older options on this list, but that means there are plenty of versions for you to pick from. Ranging from the base, V6-powered SXT-badged Durango to the 710-hp Durango SRT Hellcat, there’s probably a Durango that’ll fit your wants, needs, and budget
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The Nissan Armada might have aging bones, its older platform still packs a 5.6-liter V8 and a seven-speed traditional automatic. With a great sounding V8 and a comfortable ride, the Armada will keep pushing on into the future
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Another aging product, Toyota’s Sequoia might not be as modern as some of the other examples in this list but it gives Toyota fans plenty to like. The base model seats eight and is powered by a V8 with plenty of attitude. It isn’t the best on fuel, however, good to know for those chasing fuel economy
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If the Sequoia isn’t an ideal option, Toyota’s Highlander is a more road-friendly three-row that will easily haul your family. Entering its fourth generation in 2019, the Highlander has modern tech, decent fuel economy, and space enough for the family. If you want to jump into good fuel economy levels, Toyota also offers a hybrid variant of the Highlander that nets 36 mpg in the city in front-wheel-drive trim
Read our Toyota Highlander Review
The Volkswagen Atlas expands on what VW was doing with the Tiguan—namely, giving folks a crossover that meets the needs of a growing family. Starting around $32,000 and stretching to over $50k fully optioned, there’s a wide selection of Atlas crossovers to fit your needs
Read our Volkswagen Atlas Review
The Honda Pilot has been around since 2002, meaning the folks at Honda have bestowed the public with three generations of this three-row crossover. The third-gen variant went on sale in 2016 and received some feature updates like a standard nine-speed automatic for 2021
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Another entry from Chevrolet’s long list of three-row crossovers, the Chevrolet Traverse checks a lot of the boxes for family needs: lots of space, lots of seats, and reasonable fuel economy. Powered by a 3.6-liter V6, the Traverse has 310 hp hitting the front or all wheels. That’s more than potent enough to merge onto the highway while your family is heading out on their next trip
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Buick’s spin on the midsize three-row formula hits many of the same notes as the Traverse. The Buick Enclave is also powered by a 310-hp, 3.6-liter V6, which shouldn’t be surprising. However, the Enclave does take a more premium approach on the interior, with more soft-touch materials.
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As the Enclave is to the Traverse, the GMC Yukon is to the Chevrolet Tahoe. That means it has essentially the same bones and features of the Tahoe, but in a bit more refined package. The same choice of available engines and features can be had, but the folks inside get a more comfortably lush experience.
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Historically, the Cadillac Escalade takes the bones of the Suburban or Tahoe and cranks the comfort to 11. The latest iteration of the Escalade is no exception. Available with gas or diesel power, your passengers probably won’t be able to tell the difference as they’ll be lulled to sleep in the comfortable leather seats.
Read our Cadillac Escalade Review
If you thought the Germans would miss out on the three-row SUV arena, you’d be mistaken. The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class entered its third generation in 2020, which means it’s on the newer side of the tech pendulum. Like other SUVs on this list, there is a performance variant of the GLS in GLS 63 guise
Read Our Mercedes-Benz GLS Review
Rounding out the list: the Audi Q7. The three-row from Audi made its debut in 2005 and is currently riding on its second-gen platform, which debuted in 2015. That makes it slightly older than some of the other crossovers on this list, but it did receive a recent facelift.
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