If you are in the market for a small sport utility vehicle (SUV) that offers the convenience and flexibility of three rows of seating, be prepared for slim choices. Actually, make that a single choice. And, as a logical consequence of smaller size, what is available means that the space in that third row is going to be rather cramped and uncomfortable, except for small children.

Sadly, the Toyota RAV4, which long offered a third-row seat, has ditched it for the 2013 model year, along with a V6 engine. Still, the search for the best 2013 small SUVs with 3rd row seating can be rewarding. As long as you don’t need to fit adults into the third row and are quite happy with a compact SUV that suits your needs, this small ‘ute may fit the bill.

2013 Mitsubishi OutlanderAlthough by U.S. standards, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander is considered a compact crossover SUV, it is actually more in line with some mid-size SUVs – particularly with respect to the availability of a third row of seating in SE and GT models. Yes, this third row is really too small for adults to be very comfortable, but children can feel quite at home there. Front bucket seats are comfortable for adults and the second row slides on tracks forward and back for increased legroom and cargo space, as needed. There’s also a unique clamshell tailgate with a smaller, fold-down portion that can hold up to 440 pounds – perfect for sitting on for tailgate events. Fold down the second- and third-row seats and you get 73 cubic feet of cargo room. Pricing for the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander SE begins at $23,995, while the top-of-the-line Outlander GT starts at $26,595. 





Want more choices? Consider moving up a class size into one of the smaller midsize crossover SUVs with third row seating, like the 2013 Subaru Tribeca, which also includes standard all-wheel drive.

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