If you’re in the market for the best midsize MPG SUVs with 3rd row, you can’t go wrong with any one of the following three top picks:
- Chevrolet Traverse – Spacious, comfortable 3rd-row seat, standard seating for 8 passengers, more usable space even with all seats in use, towing capacity up to 5,200 pounds, smooth driving dynamics, good styling, and a terrific 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse midsize crossover SUV is definitely worth a look. Traverse boasts an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway in front-wheel drive (FWD) and 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway in all-wheel drive (AWD). With a base manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $29,224, Traverse is also a highly affordable 8-passenger midsize SUV. Kelley Blue Book notes: “If you’re looking for a big family vehicle with excellent safety ratings, the ability to tow 5,400 [sic] pounds and reasonably good fuel economy for its size, the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse may be the best game in town.”
- Lincoln MKT – Based on the , the 2010 luxury midsize crossover SUV seats 7 passengers in three rows, has lots of standard features and innovative options, a new and powerful EcoBoost V6 engine (optional), and good fuel economy. In the base 3.7-liter V6, EPA fuel economy is estimated at 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway (2WD), and 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway (AWD). In the 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6 (with standard AWD), the estimates are 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway. Autoblog says, “The EcoBoost’s fat and flat torque curve gives the Lincoln a response that’s almost diesel-like, albeit without the attendant soundtrack. A light squeeze on the go-pedal results in an almost seamless sweep of the speedometer needle clockwise around the dial, even without a kick-down of the transmission. Simply put, it’s just a rush of acceleration.”
- Honda Pilot LX – With 8-passenger seating and spacious 3rd row-seat, numerous storage cubbies, and powerful V6 engine, the 2010 can also tow up to 4,500 pounds when properly equipped. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2WD Honda Pilot LX is 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway in the 3.5-liter V6 engine. Edmunds comments: “Out back, the Pilot boasts a third-row seat that’s actually inhabitable by adults – no small feat in this midsize segment that’s full of third-row penalty boxes.” Regarding fuel economy, Edmunds remarks that “it’s still just average for this segment.” But consumers do get the prestige and reputation of Honda, which is, in and of itself, a strong selling point.