Most Fuel-Efficient Used Three-Row SUVs

Consumer Reports tested the gas mileage of these affordable models

2017-2018 Toyota Highlander
Toyota Highlander Hybrid
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If you need to carry more than five passengers, a three-row SUV is a good option. But newer models can be pricey, and midsized SUVs rarely match the fuel efficiency of a smaller vehicle.

Today, buying used is an even more compelling choice because of both the spike in fuel costs as well as the global shortage of the chips that has caused shipments of new cars to be delayed or coming in at lower-than-expected volumes.

That’s why Consumer Reports put together this list of 5-year-old three-row midsized SUVs with the best overall fuel economy, from luxury models to efficient hybrids. All performed well enough in our tests to be recommended when new, and all have average or better reliability according to Consumer Reports’ Annual Auto Surveys, where we ask CR members to tell us about what went wrong with their cars.

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These SUVs are also recent enough that their performance in our tests—such as acceleration, braking, and fuel economy—is on a par with brand-new models. Plus, many were available with active safety features such as forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB), and blind spot warning (BSW) as either standard or optional equipment.

Some of these models include our Green Choice designation, which highlights the vehicles with the cleanest emissions.

Armed with these data, which aren’t available anywhere else, you can narrow down the right used three-row SUV for your needs.

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