Cheap SUVs with third row seating aren’t easy to find – especially the newer models. There are a few exceptions, however, and if you look back a couple of years, you can find some great deals on otherwise too expensive models. We’ll look at SUVs priced at around $20,000 and under.
Of course, you can’t expect to get a lot of amenities or space in the lowest price-tag cheap SUVs with third row seating. If you shop carefully and drive a hard bargain, you can do quite well. Here are our top three picks for Cheap SUVs with Third Row Seating.
- (2007-2009) – With seating for up to seven, the midsize Kia Rondo crossover SUV boasts an affordable base price, versatile seating and cargo configurations, lots of standard safety features and outstanding basic and powertrain warranties, according to U.S. News and World Report. Consumer Guide names the 2009 Kia Rondo a Best Buy, saying the optional “rear-most seats are easy to access with the 2nd-row fully forward and offer tolerable short-trip comfort for two adults.” “Second- and third-row seats fold down flat when not needed,” observes MSN. Edmunds remarks that Rondo is “still a vehicle with a good amount of functionality and flexibility for its size and price.”
- (2007-2009) – Edmunds says “An excellent value plus plenty of safety features and amenities make the 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe a very good choice when it comes to midsize crossover SUVs.” With the optional third-row seat, Santa Fe accommodates seven passengers, although “the third row is really only suitable for children,” according to Edmunds. Split rear seats in second and third rows fold flat providing 78 cubic feet of maximum cargo room. Car and Driver opines, “Redesigned for 2007, the Santa Fe is about as large as key competitors such as the and . The interior is relatively spacious, which allows for an optional pair of flat-folding third-row seats. Like the rest of Hyundai’s lineup, it’s a good value.” U.S. News and World Report says Santa Fe “is a value-priced family hauler that just doesn’t stand out in a competitive segment.”
- (2007-2008) – Chrysler’s first-ever SUV, Aspen debuted in 2007 and was discontinued in 2009. With seating for eight, the large SUV has ample seating in front, is somewhat cramped in second and average room in the third row. Edmunds says Aspen “offers a complete package,” although “hardly…innovative or swank.” Pros include strong V8 engines, smooth and quiet ride, impressive tow ratings and a trailer sway-control feature, while negatives include “vague brake pedal feel, mediocre interior materials, tight second-row legroom, poor fuel economy.” Sacramento Bee reviewer Mark Glover said of Aspen, “But if you truly need and like a full-size SUV that can hold up to eight passengers and has many of the latest, must-have amenities, this new  Aspen will likely be a pleaser.” U.S. News and World Report calls Aspen “a large, safety-enhanced SUV at an affordable price.”