Best large MPG SUVs with 3rd row available today include the following three hybrid models – all from General Motors. Each delivers an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city/22 mpg highway.
- Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid – Featuring outstanding seating capacity for eight passengers, the 2010 Hybrid full-size SUV also delivers stellar fuel economy: an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city/22 mpg highway from the 6.0-liter V8 engine paired with an electric motor. Tahoe Hybrid also features GM’s Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation, which helps the SUV achieve higher fuel economy. Consumer Guide remarks: “Third-row accommodations are still best suited to children, but for smooth power, utility, and surprising overall refinement, Tahoe is a Best Buy among large SUVs. The Hybrid model’s premium is significant, but so are the fuel economy savings. This large SUV can achieve the fuel economy of a midsize car with no sacrifice in passenger or cargo capacity.”
- Cadillac Escalade Hybrid – The only full-size luxury hybrid SUV on the market, the 2010 Hybrid offers consumers all the luxury they could want, along with 8-passenger seating, and impressive fuel economy. Outside of these features, Escalade Hybrid holds its own when it comes to performance, power and road manners. The advanced two-mode powertrain includes an electrically variable transmission, a 300-volt storage system, and a 332-hp 6.0-liter Vortec V8 engine with Active Fuel Management. Car and Driver says, “This is a giant SUV – top of the bling food-chain – that General Motors has slathered in greenie labels while equating its miles per gallon to that of a mid-size sedan with a V-6.”
- GMC Yukon Hybrid – With standard seating for eight in three rows, the 2010 GMC Yukon Hybrid, whose corporate siblings are the and , stands out in its own right. Yukon Hybrid is powered by a 332-hp 6.0-liter V8 paired with two electric motors. Edmunds comments: “A few years ago, the idea of a full-size traditional truck-based SUV averaging 21 mpg seemed about as likely as a Chevy Aveo blowing away a Corvette in the quarter-mile. Normally, you’d be hard-pressed to get 14 mpg in one of these over-5000-pound beasts. Getting an amazing 50 percent better fuel economy without giving up a powerful V8, 8-passenger capacity and the ability to tow 6,000 pounds might qualify that rig as the eighth wonder of the world. That rig is the 2009 Hybrid.” Note: the 2010 model is the same, and certainly qualifies as a contender as one of the Best Large MPG SUVs with 3rd Row.