While sedans have been the go-to vehicle for many decades, in recent years the cars have started to leave the market and have been replaced with the . Not many automakers are producing more sedans as of late for the SUV. MotorTrend showcases what the publication says are the top 3 SUVs to buy with a third row seat. What are they and what makes them so unique?
1. Kia Telluride is an excellent SUV to buy
At the top of the list is the . MotorTrend chose this three-row SUV for its refined driving experience, numerous technological features and superb styling. This model offers 21 cubic feet of space behind the third row of seats and up to 87 cubic feet behind the front seats.
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2. Subaru Ascent makes a very good third row
The Ascent offers tons of storage and cup holders while tackling off-road terrain with stability and confidence, which drew MotorTrend to this SUV. It also has a large infotainment screen, a peppy turbo engine, and standard all-wheel drive. But it also fell short in a few different areas.
Firstly, its third row seat is a little too small to use, the styling features are a little too bland, and you have to pay a great deal of money to get the leather seats that look this good. Ignition is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a CVT, which is great, but doesn’t help bring points for fuel economy. Become the same as Telluride.
Pricing starts at $33,895 for the base model and can go up to $48,195 for the top trim level with a few added packages. As far as storage, you can expect the same as the Telluride.
3. Hyundai Palisade is a great SUV to buy
According to Hyundai’s Palisade is built on the same platform as the Telluride, which has some of the same features as this SUV. Storage space behind the third row is 18 cubic feet, which you get with the Kia. The same 3.8-litre V6 engine also powers it, generating 291bhp. Paired with it is an eight-speed automatic transmission, which helps achieve a 7.1-second acceleration time for a 0-60 mph run.
MotorTrend liked the new upscale look the exterior now comes with, as well as the cool interior features you now get. The narrow third-row seat it has didn’t impress reviewers, but none of the three on this list have huge rear-seat area anyway. Fuel economy isn’t much better either. Get 19 mpg on city streets and 27 mpg when traveling on the highway.
When it comes to pricing, it falls in the middle of these three SUVs. It starts at $35,000 (with destination taxes) and can go all the way up to $51,100 with all the features added, which is very different from the other two models.
All three third-row SUVs offer tons of space, average fuel economy figures, and a decent engine. None of these models have much room for third-row seats, however, so plan to let younger children use that area as much as possible.