General Motors might not build minivans anymore but that doesn't mean they're out of the big family-vehicle market, as three-row SUVs such as the Chevrolet Traverse, and Buick Enclave corporate siblings demonstrates. The GMC Acadia, formerly one of the three-row SUV siblings, has been redesigned for 2017 and is now on a different platform.
These large SUVs are all very spacious inside, comfortably seating up to eight adults while leaving some cargo space behind the third row. Drivers and passengers should appreciate the quiet cabins, comfortable seats, and well-finished interiors.
Perhaps the biggest eye-opener is that the Traverse handles surprisingly well, with direct and responsive steering that lends an agility that belies the SUV's bulk. Power is decent from the direct-injected 3.6-liter V6 engine but at 16 mpg overall, fuel economy falls somewhat behind the curve compared to other three-row SUVs.