The current crop of crossovers is large and growing larger by the year. That’s because they’re excellent vehicles serving multiple purposes, they drive like cars and offer the utility of sport ‘utes, and most are reasonably priced. In short, consumers can pretty much have it all – without breaking the bank.

Although there are many fine entries in this crowded segment, here are three of the best 2013 crossover SUVs with 3rd row seating. Perfect for family and other uses, each provides seven-passenger seating and each offers something unique and compelling, making them just-right considerations for certain buyers.

2013 Dodge JourneyWith its standout styling, sprightly performance from the available 283-horsepower 3.6-iiter V6 engine, good ride, comfortable and well laid-out





cabin, the 2013 Dodge Journey provides all of the must-haves and many of the niceties that make it a smart choice for a family crossover SUV with 3rd row seating available – and at bargain prices. MSRPs range from $18,995 (American Value Package) to $28,995 (R/T). Front seats are among the most comfortable in the class, the second-row slides and reclines and the optional third row folds completely flat. There’s also huge underfloor cargo space in the rear, along with lots of cubbies and spaces for cargo throughout.

2013 Hyundai Santa FeRedesigned for 2013, the Hyundai Santa Fe three-row, seven-passenger crossover SUV, available in January, is a replacement for the outgoing





Veracruz. But Hyundai made a split-decision here, offering a longer wheelbase in addition to the regular, five-passenger version, called the Santa Fe Sport. Keep in mind, though, that the third row in the Santa Fe is best suited for children and not adults. The single engine is a 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V6, which is plenty powerful to propel the Santa Fe with surprising performance. High-quality materials, spacious cabin with good placement of controls, lots of features and the availability of some luxury touches, 41 cubic feet of storage behind the second row seats and 80 cubic feet of storage total – at an expected reasonable price – these are excellent reasons to look at the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe.

2013 Kia SorentoThe best-selling vehicle in the Korean automaker’s lineup, the Kia Sorento for 2013 has one family-friendly feature that’s an incredible draw: the





50/50 split-folding third row actually fits adults with plenty of room. The Sorento’s 276-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine gets decent fuel economy (26 mpg highway in front-wheel drive and 24 mpg in all-wheel drive configurations) while still providing sufficient oomph on the road. Third row seats and V6 engine are standard in LX and SX, optional in EX). Maneuverability is good as well. With the rear seats folded, there’s up to 72.5 cubic feet of storage capacity. Size-wise, the 2013 Kia Sorento fits between the brand’s own compact Sportage and competitor’s mid-sized crossovers like the Toyota Highlander. But value is a strong enticement, and the Sorento offers many standard features of more expensive crossovers at a price that significantly undercuts them. MSRPs range from $23,150 to around $31,700.

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