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15 Best 3-row SUVs of 2022

15 Best 3-row SUVs of 2022

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There’s a good reason why three-row SUV models are so popular with families: they offer a lot of space for cargo and people. But if you’re considering buying a third-row vehicle, you want to make sure it’s comfortable, practical and designed to meet the needs and wants of your family. After all, it is a place where you will probably spend a lot of time.

Because there are so many family-friendly vehicles to choose from – and since buying a new car is one of the most important financial decisions you make for your family – our experts have carefully evaluated all options to ensure you’re spending money. your money on a reliable three-row SUV that offers great value for money. In fact, the Good Housekeeping Institute’s engineers, expert analysts, and real-life parents regularly research and test the latest and most popular vehicles on the market to make our recommendations. We also assess our choices with the editors on Car and driver (a Hearst co-owned title) to ensure that we use the best SUVs that deliver performance, convenience, comfort and safety.

Our top picks:


The 3-row vehicles on this list are the ones that have most impressed our automotive professionals, each with their own recognizable features and attributes. Keep reading to learn more about each choice and our rigorous testing process designed to find the best car for your family.

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Miles per gallon 20/26/23 (City/Highway/Combined) EPA Fuel Economy
Length 196.9″
Seats 7-8 people
Seats in the second row 60/40 split folding sofa or captain’s seats
Third row seats folding sofa
Miles per gallon 22/28 (city/highway) per EPA Fuel Economy
Length 199.4″
Seats 6-7 people
Seats in the second row 60/40 split folding sofa or captain’s seats
Third row seats 50/50 split folding sofa
Miles per gallon FORWARD: 19/26/22; AWD: 19/24/21 (City/Highway/Combined) per EPA Fuel Economy
Length 196.1″
Seats 7-8 people
Seats in the second row 60/40 split folding bench (captain’s seats available)
Third row seats Manual folding bench (power folding available)
Miles per gallon EPA 18/26/21 (City/Highway/Combined) Fuel Economy
Length 199.3″
Seats 6-7 people
Seats in the second row 35/30/35 split powered folding bench or captain’s seats
Third row seats 50/50 split powered folding sofa
Miles per gallon 20/28 (city/highway) per EPA Fuel Economy
Length 198.8″
Seats 7-8 people
Seats in the second row 30/35/30 split folding bench (captain’s seats available)
Third row seats Bank
Miles per gallon 19/26/22 (city/highway/combined) per EPA Fuel Economy
Length 203″
passengers 7-8 people
Seats in the second row Sliding/Removable Captain’s Seats
Third row seats 60/40 split folding sofa
Miles per gallon 19/26/22 (city/highway/combined) per EPA Fuel Economy
Length 204.9″
Seats 6 people
Seats in the second row captain’s chairs
Third row seats 50/50 split folding sofa
Miles per gallon EPA 35/35/35 (City/Highway/Combined) Fuel Economy
Length 194.9″
Seats 7-8 people
Seats in the second row Folding bench or captain’s seats
Third row seats 60/40 split folding sofa
Miles per gallon 19/28/22 (City/Highway/Combined) per EPA Fuel Economy
Length 204.3″
Seats 7 people
Seats in the second row captain’s chairs
Third row seats 60/40 split folding sofa
Miles per gallon EPA 18/23/20 (City/Highway/Combined) Fuel Economy
Length 194.7″
Seats 7-8 people
Seats in the second row Bench or captain’s chairs
Third row seats Bank
Miles per gallon 19/15/16 (city/highway/combined) per EPA Fuel Economy
Length 225.7″
Seats 7-8 people
Seats in the second row Manual 60/40 split folding bench (powered available) or captain’s seats
Third row seats Manual 60/40 split folding bench (powered available)
Miles per gallon 14/19/16 (city/highway/combined) per EPA Fuel Economy
Length 208.9″
Seats 7-8 people
Seats in the second row 60/40 split folding bench (captain’s seats optional)
Third row seats 60/40 split folding sofa
Miles per gallon 15/20/17 (city/highway/combined) per EPA Fuel Economy
Length 210″
Seats 7-8 people
Seats in the second row Manual 60/40 folding bench (powered available) or captain’s seats
Third row seats Manual 60/40 folding bench (powered available)
Miles per gallon 27/27/23 (City/Highway/Combined) per EPA Fuel Economy
Length 196.5″
Seats 7-8 people
Seats in the second row Electric folding bench (captain’s seat available)
Third row seats 60/40 split folding sofa
Miles per gallon 20/26/22 (city/highway/combined) per EPA Fuel Economy
Length 196.8″
Seats 8
Seats in the second row 60/40 split folding bench (captain’s seats available)
Third row seats 60/40 split folding sofa

What to Look for When Buying the Best Three Row SUVs

Buying a car can be a daunting process. Our experts suggest considering these factors to make the car buying or leasing process easier:

Choose a vehicle type. Think about your lifestyle and needs when deciding which type of vehicle is best for you and your family. You’ve probably opted for SUVs if you’re reading this, which are optimal if you want to maximize space. On the other hand, they are more challenging to park and generally have better fuel economy.

Think about your budget. Set a realistic budget so that you only look at vehicles you can afford.

Consider how you will be using the vehicle. Do you intend to take it with you on long car journeys? Only short trips to and from school and sports? Depending on the answers, different features and possible upgrades will become more important.

Space in the third row. If you have specifically decided to buy a three-row SUV, you need to think about who will sit there. If it’s just kids, you might be able to get away with a more cramped back row.

Once you’ve made your top picks, it’s time to take it for a test drive.

How we chose the best 3-row SUVs

The Good Housekeeping Institute engineers and parenting experts test drive dozens of new vehicles each year. Based on extensive categorical testing and insights, our team has determined the best 3-row SUVs by considering vehicle performance (noise, acceleration, braking, handling, etc.), safety features, space, ergonomics, price and more. Ultimately, we were looking for vehicles that not only drive well, but are also enjoyable and practical for different needs and budgets.

Why trust Good Housekeeping?

All the cars on this list have been road tested by Rachel Rothman, chief engineer and chief engineer of the GH Institute. In addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania, Rachel has 15 years of experience in the automotive industry, test driving cars and presenting at the NY Auto Show. She is also at the helm Good housekeeping‘s Best Family Car Awards of the past seven years, in partnership with Car and driver. With three children under the age of six, she has extensive experience transporting children and their belongings in SUVs – and her six-foot-tall husband knows what a spacious third row feels like.

Rachel Rothman
Chief Technologist & Executive Technical Director
As Chief Technologist & Executive Technical Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute, Rachel oversees testing methodology, implementation and reporting for all labs.

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