Best 3-Row SUVs From Consumer Reports' Tests
These high-scoring models have the roomiest rear accommodations
Three-row vehicles can be extremely functional. They can transport seven or eight people or readily convert into cargo haulers. Fold the seats in different ways and you can puzzle together an array of passenger and cargo combinations.
But a third row also brings compromises, with challenging access that requires youthful agility. Add in the limited cargo space when the third row is raised, and these seats are best suited for short-distance travel and impromptu carpooling.
While there are very few midsized SUVs with a legitimate third-row seat, our test data show there are some standouts.
Shoppers should make a realistic assessment about how often they’ll use the third row. If it’s to be rarely filled, and even then by children, it’s best to prioritize other aspects of the vehicle, like how it drives.