There’s no question that the best 2013 SUVs with 3rd row seating have a tall bill to fill. On the one hand, they have to be comfortable, roomy, well-equipped and offer more-than-expected features. Depending on the size of your family, you may well opt for a fully capable mid-size SUV with three rows of seating, or ante up the money for a large or full-size SUV that can easily carry eight or more people, plus cargo, and still haul a boat or a trailer.
With such a wide range of needs – and the SUVs available to satisfy them – here are five considerations for the best 2013 SUVs with 3rd row seating. Three of them, the 2013, and , are also Top Safety Picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
passenger, cargo and towing capability than the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe full-size SUV. With seating for up to nine passengers in three rows, the Tahoe can tow up to 8,500 pounds in two-wheel drive (up to 8,200 pounds in four-wheel drive). High seating position, excellent outward visibility, and quiet, comfortable cabin make the Tahoe a great choice for family use. Available in LS, LT and LTZ trims, as well as a Tahoe Hybrid, starting prices range from $39,080 to $59,295.
2013 GMC Acadia – Another excellent choice for a versatile SUV with three rows of seating is the 2013 GMC Acadia full-size crossover SUV. With seating for up to eight passengers, including an adult-friendly third-row seat, massive cargo capacity and optional all-wheel drive, the GMC Acadia is that perfect combination of versatility and
premium attributes. Second-row seats slide fore and aft to provide more third-row space. As for storage, with the third row in place, there’s 24 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold down the second- and third-row seats, and the result is 116 cubic feet of space to stow cargo. The 2013 GMC Acadia is available in SLE, SLT and Denali, with starting prices ranging from $34,050 (SLE, 2WD) to $47,945 (Denali AWD).
2013 Ford Explorer – Although it’s more of a crossover than a pure SUV since its recent redesign, the midsize 2013 Ford Explorer still retains some of its SUV characteristics – enough to satisfy families who want to have a seven-passenger SUV with three rows of seats that can go off-road and handle on-road duties well. Power-
folding seats and power tailgate make storing cargo easy, even if the access to the third row is tight. With inflatable rear seat belts, rearview camera, and blind-spot detectors, the Explorer is an extremely safe family vehicle. The 2013 Ford Explorer is available in base, XLT, and Limited, in front- and four-wheel drive, and Sport (4WD only) priced from $29,135 (base FWD) to $40,720 (Sport).
styling is clean and understated, while the interior offers up high-quality materials impeccably assembled. Available in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trims, the 2013 Mazda CX-9 is priced from $29,785 (Sport FWD) to $36,375 (Grand Touring AWD).
child seats are in place. Maximum cargo space is 79.8 cubic feet, about that of theand Ford Explorer, but quite a bit less than the large three-row GMC Acadia. Offered in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum, starting prices for the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder range from $28,650 to $39,500.
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