SUVs with 3rd row seating are an interesting option for anyone who has a large family. Going on a family vacation can turn out to be problematic if yo...
SUVs with 3rd row seating are an interesting option for anyone who has a large family. Going on a family vacation can turn out to be problematic if you have four kids and a dog that always travels with you. SUVs with 3rd row seating are a great a solution. While not all SUVs have the third row seating option, there are a number of excellent choices.
The beauty of SUVs with 3rd row seating is certainly in the extra passenger room, but also the flexibility of using the seat when needed, and removing or folding it when not. What you gain in seating you may lose in gas mileage however. To avoid unpleasant and costly surprises, be sure to consult the EPA rating for the model you are interested in.
Let’s examine some of the choices in SUVs with 3rd row seating.
From General Motors there is the Chevrolet Tahoe, which gets the distinction of being one of the most widely sold SUVs with the third row seating option. The V-8 equipped Tahoe comes also in two or four wheel drive, and today’s version is a tough vehicle that will stand up to almost any use. For luxury buyers there is the Cadillac Escalade, a highly appointed vehicle based on the Tahoe.
The Tahoe’s big brother is the venerable Chevrolet Suburban. Arguably one of the most long lived SUV nameplates, the Suburban has offered third row seating since as far back as the 1950’s. The Suburban has been dubbed the Texas Cadillac due to their popularity on the ranch. With a strong tow rating the Suburban can handle a large trailer load and seat 8 or 9 people comfortably. These SUVs offer the added bonus of strong resale value.
Ford offers SUVs with 3rd row seating in a few sizes as well. Both the Expedition and the smaller Explorer have this option. The newer Ford Flex has a third row seat which is split for folding 50/50, making it even more versatile. It will seat up to seven passengers. In the 2011 model these seats can be faced backwards for tailgating. Ford has a wide range of choices to compare in their SUVs with 3rd row seating.
From Chrysler the SUVs with 3rd row seating include the Dodge Durango, a full-sized model, now built on the platform shared with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Jeep does not offer the third row seating at this time. Durango has the optional hemi engine available making it one of the most powerful 7 passenger vehicles around..
Dodge Journey is the mid-sized offering from Chrysler. The Journey has second row tilt and slide seating and will handle seven passengers, while reaching 27 miles per gallon of fuel on the highway.
Land Rover offers buyers the Land Rover LR3 luxury SUV, with standard third row seating. The LR3 pricing begins in the mid $35,000 range and can be quite well equipped, while Land Rover also has the LR4 at mid $45,000 base price and seating for seven.
The Honda Pilot is another highly rated mid-sized SUV with 3rd row seating that can handle adults too. The Pilot is also known for its high safety rating.
SUVs with 3rd row seating come in many varieties; compare and you can surely find the one that fits your lifestyle.