If you need to transport more than five people at a time, you're spoiled for choice. There are dozens of three-row SUVs on sale right now, some of which can sit up to nine occupants. But no two are alike, with some delivering more features, better designs, and more fulfilling driving experiences. These are the best three-row SUVs for 2023 and 2024.
2024 Genesis GV80
The Genesis GV80 is one of the best value propositions on the new car marketplace right now, delivering luxury design and features without luxury-level pricing.
The three-row Korean SUV looks Bentley-esque and drives just as well as anything in its segment, with two turbocharged engines to choose from, both of which make over 300 hp. We prefer the bigger twin-turbo V-6; it makes 380 hp and allows for a 0-60 time in the five-second range.
2024 BMW X7
As an all-rounder, it's hard to do better than the BMW X7. It offers the best of all worlds, with plenty of space, the latest tech, and excellent dynamics (for a car this size).
Most buyers will be perfectly happy with the base 375-hp turbocharged inline-six engine, feeding all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. We enjoy the M60 model more, as it comes with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 making 523 horses. True speed demons should also consider the Alpina XB7, which uses a specially developed version of that engine making 630 hp.
2024 BMW X5
The BMW X5 is just as good as the X7, and works best for those who plan to use the third row only occasionally, rather than frequently. You get good looks inside and out, along with the latest technology and a wonderful driving experience.
Like the X7, buyers get a choice between turbocharged six- and eight-cylinder powertrains for the X5. But there's also a plug-in hybrid available called the xDrive50e. It's a legitimate sleeper, delivering 483 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
2024 Land Rover Range Rover
There's a reason every wealthy family in your neighborhood drives a Range Rover. While they're not known for their reliability, they do deliver an unmatched sense of authority on the road, with endless capability and plenty of high-quality materials.
The newest Range Rover is a real gem, delivering excellent poise whether you're driving to the supermarket or off-roading through the desert. The minimalist interior is attractive yet usable, with things like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
2023 Chevrolet Suburban
The Chevrolet Suburban is the ultimate people-carrier SUV. With the front- and middle-row bench seats optioned it can sit nine people, and still have enough storage space left over to fit all their luggage.
Thanks to standard V-8 power, the Suburban can also tow over 8000 pounds comfortably. That means you can take a boat, a camper, or even another SUV to whatever adventure you have planned.
2023 Chevrolet Tahoe
The Chevy Tahoe is essentially just a slightly shorter Suburban, sporting the same architecture, the same looks, the same interior, and the same engine options. Despite its shortened length it can still fit adults in its third row—there's just a bit less storage once you fill every seat.
If your parking situation doesn't include unlimited space, we'd suggest going for the Tahoe over the Suburban. You'll save money and lower your stress levels.
2023 GMC Yukon
Think of the GMC Yukon and the Yukon XL as reskinned versions of the Tahoe and Suburban with slightly fancier designs and materials. Underneath they're pretty much the same, with the same chassis and engine choices.
The GMC-branded body-on-frame SUVs are for those who want to stand out amongst the standard Chevy products, with distinctive grilles sporting lots of shouty chrome. Which you prefer will likely just come down to looks and interior layout.
2023 Cadillac Escalade
If you really want to step up your luxury game, it's the Cadillac Escalade you want. It rides on the Tahoe/Suburban platform, but its its own unique design, a totally different interior, and a distinct driving experience.
Our favorite version has to be the Escalade V. It gets a 682-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 under the hood, meaning silly straight-line speed and lots of awesome noises.
2024 Volvo XC90
The Volvo XC90 is the oldest vehicle on this list, having first been released in 2015. Despite its age, it still earns a spot thanks to its handsome design, modern hybrid drivetrain, and lovely interior.
The T8 Recharge trim is the one to have. It's a plug-in hybrid that combines a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four to a rear-mounted electric motor, resulting in a combined 455 hp and 523 lb-ft of torque.
2024 Kia Telluride
Looking for three rows on a budget? The Kia Telluride should be near the top of your list. The Korean SUV pairs handsome looks, a pleasant interior, and an acceptable driving experience together, all for under $40,000.
Under the hood of every Telluride is a naturally aspirated V-6 making nearly 300 hp. Power gets to the front wheels via an eight-speed auto, and all-wheel drive is an option. The AWD version can sprint to 60 in a respectable 6.8 seconds.
2024 Hyundai Palisade
The Hyundai Palisade shares much of its underpinnings with the Kia Telluride, meaning it shares many of the features that make that car so lovely. It offers similar space and a similar driving experience, with the same standard 3.8-liter V-6 engine making 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque.
The Palisade sits eight occupants as standard thanks to second- and third-row bench seats, though that number drops to seven if you go for the higher Limited or Calligraphy trims, as those models come with second-row captain's chairs.
2024 Mazda CX-90
The Mazda CX-90 attempts to play the part of a luxury SUV rather than something downmarket, with an elegant design, a lovely interior, and a longitudinal engine layout.
Under the hood sits a newly developed turbocharged 3.3-liter straight-six engine making up to 340 hp, paired to a 48-volt mild hybrid system, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and standard all-wheel drive. Those more interested in fuel economy can also choose a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that gets 26 miles of all-electric range.
2024 Ford Expedition
The Ford Expedition is for those who want F-150 power and capability without having to give up covered storage space and third-row seating. It uses a body-on-frame design and the F-150's 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V-6, able to deliver over 9000 pounds of towing capacity.
If we could choose, we'd go for the Limited model with the optional Stealth Performance package. In addition to darker exterior accents and black-painted 22-inch wheels, the package also bumps horsepower from 375 all the way to 440.
2024 Lincoln Navigator
The Lincoln Navigator is the luxury-focused version of the Expedition, using the same body-on-frame architecture and drivetrain setup. But the Navigator is far more than just a reskinned Ford—unique looks and an excellent cabin space mean real comfort for you and your whole family.
We're big fans of the Navigator's optional 30-way (!) adjustable massaging front seats and available BlueCruise hands-free driving assistance system.
2024 Toyota Highlander
No matter what you're looking for from a mid-size three-row SUV, chances are there's a Toyota Highlander for you. The Highlander is offered in no less than 11 different trims consisting of gas-powered and hybrid engine options, with choices between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
Both engine choices deliver well over 200 hp, and deliver 0-60 times in the low seven-second range. Inside you'll find a pleasant interior with lots of modern features and, if you go for some of the more expensive trims, full leather upholstery and a bigger infotainment screen.
2024 Honda Pilot
The Pilot is Honda's biggest SUV, sporting three rows and V-6 power as standard in a handsome, burly package. For 2024 there's also a new TrailSport model that adds a handful of off-road-minded upgrades for light trails.
The V-6 under the hood makes 285 hp, and comes connected to a 10-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard though you can get all-wheel drive as an option. Going for AWD also bumps towing capacity from 3500 pounds to 5000.
2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class
As the final letter in the name suggests, the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is the S-Class of SUVs, offering similar features as the company's flagship sedan in a big SUV format.
The standard GLS has two powertrains to choose from. Most people will be satisfied with the standard turbocharged inline-six, rated at 375 hp. But we prefer the twin-turbo 510-hp 4.0-liter V-8 in the GLS580. Real speed demons should also consider the Mercedes-AMG GLS63, with a twin-turbo V-8 rated at 603 horses.
2023 Lexus LX
You can no longer buy a full-size Toyota Land Cruiser here in the U.S., and that's a shame. Thankfully we still get the next best thing: The Lexus LX. Think of it as a luxury-focused version of the Land Cruiser sold overseas, complete with Lexus's polarizing styling and an interior packed with high-quality materials.
A 409-hp twin turbo V-6 comes standard, as does four-wheel drive. Like the Land Cruiser, the Lexus LX is exceptionally capable off-road, and does just as well playing the role of family transport to school and back.
2024 Jeep Wagoneer
If you can get past the somewhat awkward rear end design, the Jeep Wagoneer represents an interesting SUV alternative to Stellantis's flagship people-carrier, the Pacifica minivan.
Unlike the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Wagoneer comes standard with V-8 power, though a twin-turbocharged inline-six making 420 hp is available as an option. The Wagoneer holds the crown for SUV towing capacity at 10,000 pounds, meaning it's the best choice if you plan to move huge hauls often with your family packed inside.
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