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 HybridFeaturing outstanding seating capacity for eight passengers, the 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe 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 HybridThe only full-size luxury hybrid SUV on the market, the 2010 Cadillac Escalade 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 HybridWith standard seating for eight in three rows, the 2010 GMC Yukon Hybrid, whose corporate siblings are the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, 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 GMC Yukon 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.

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