When you’re looking to transport the whole family, sometimes you just need a third row of seats. Unlike the third row whose third row seats are for emergency use only, these five have room for real people in the back. These midsize SUVs make transporting the family easy and, in some cases, even fun, which is why Edmunds has chosen them for 2023.
What is a mid-size three-row SUV?
All three lines in this list start at $40,000 or less. While no one will say it’s cheap, they all come with dozens of family-friendly features like seating for seven or eight, plus charging ports, cup holders, and driver aids to keep you safe. All also have optional all-wheel drive. So which SUVs have they decided are the best for 2023?
It checks a lot of boxes for SUV shoppers, so it’s no surprise that it tops this list. It tows 5,500 pounds, has a powerful V6, has plenty of cargo room, and looks great. For 2023, Telluride got a huge styling update that has only added more to this three-row SUV. Speaking of that third row, there’s room for real grown-ups, too.
Even the Kia Telluride starts off as a relative bargain, with a base price around $37,000. That means the updated SX and EX packages and off-road-oriented X-Line or X-Pro specials, for around $50,000, pack in many features previously relegated to luxury SUVs.
No. 2: Hyundai Palisade
The , just with a different style. While the Telluride has more street style, the Palisade leans more towards traditional SUV buyers. But all the things that make the Telluride good translate directly to the Hyundai.
No. 3: Honda rider
Honda completely redesigned the Pilot for 2023, and we can’t say it didn’t need to. The new Pilot washes away the fondant bar of soap look of the old one and replaces it with traditional two-box SUV styling. The new rider also gets a beefy 285-horsepower V6 and in several new trims like the Trailsport, which add some off-road prowess. And also .
The Honda Pilot’s price has also been revamped for 2023, increasing to around $40,000. But the new Pilot offers much more, including the roomy third row that offers Honda’s largest seating for up to eight people.
No. 4: Volkswagen Atlas
Unlike the others on this list, not much has changed since it launched in 2018. But when it came out, the Atlas was cutting edge and still manages to look sharp and competitive. Its base 235-horsepower turbo-four lacks the grunt, but with the optional 276-horsepower V6, it can keep up. Inside, this SUV is downright cavernous and holds more than others on this list. Plus, VW’s materials and options make it look like a premium SUV
While the base version starts at around $37,000, the SEL and other higher trim packages add the goodies we all crave. Interestingly, VW includes a towbar standard on every V6 Atlas, hinting at this SUV capability.
No. 5: Mazda CX-9
When you need three rows, but don’t feel like you’re driving a huge SUV, the CX-9 fits the bill. The CX-9 isn’t as big as the others on this list, and it isn’t quite as capable off-road. But it’s fun and stiff, if not quite fast. The CX-9 also packs premium materials and smart features like a foldable cargo bed. We are also looking forward to the plug-in hybrid version in 2024.
All CX-9s have a turbocharged four, while the CX-5 and others have a more powerful turbocharged engine. Regardless, even the base $40,000 CX-9 Touring package is well equipped, and there’s not much need to upgrade to a pricier trim level. All CX-9s come standard with captain’s chairs in the center, however the Touring Plus version has a three-seat bench in the center.