If you want a vehicle with high gas mileage and need to carry more passengers, check out these top 5 mpg SUVs with 3rd row seat:

Cadillac Escalade HybridStylish, luxurious, comfortable, and capable of hauling 8 passengers and tons of stuff, the full-size Cadillac Escalade Hybrid tops the list of MPG SUVs with 3rd Row Seat. The only full-sized hybrid SUV on the market, Escalade Hybrid is powered by a beefy 6.0-liter V8 engine paired with twin 60-watt electric motors and an onboard battery pack – and it gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city/22 mpg highway. Consumer Guide gives Escalade a Recommended nod and comments “the Hybrid model’s price point is steep, but so are the potential fuel economy savings…this premium large SUV delivers fuel economy comparable to many midsize crossover SUVs with little sacrifice in passenger, power, or towing capacity.”

    Chevrolet Tahoe HybridFor families who need seating for up to nine people with 3-row seating, storage, towing, off-road and foul-weather capability – and 21 mpg city/22 mpg highway (2WD) and 20/20 (4WD) fuel economy – look no further than the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid. Kelley Blue Book says, “The 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe continues to be one of the best full-size SUVs on the market… as the best-selling full-size SUV nearly 10 years running, the Tahoe has long had a lot going for it, including top rankings in the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey.”

      BMW X5Excellent German driving dynamics, upscale and well-equipped cabin, standard all-wheel drive, and optional third-row seating are good reasons to check out the BMW X5 in diesel-powered x-Drive 35d. EPA fuel economy estimates at 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway. Edmunds hails X5 luxury crossover SUV’s “athletic handling, smooth powertrains, luxurious and comfortable interior, huge list of features, powerful and fuel-efficient turbodiesel option.”

        Audi Q7Consumers looking for luxury and 7-passenger seating have an excellent choice in the Audi Q7 large luxury crossover SUV – and it gets an EPA estimated 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway with the 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel. Excellent cargo space, lots of safety features and standard all-wheel drive are other plusses. Jim Hall of Road & Track says, “Perhaps the best compliment I can give the Q7 diesel is that it lives and breathes just like any gasoline-powered car.”

          Chevrolet TraverseWith fuel economy numbers estimated at 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway (FWD), the 8-passenger Chevrolet Traverse midsize crossover is definitely worth strong consideration. It’s powerful and agile, stylish, roomy, comfortable, has great storage space and this final contender for Top 5 MPG SUVs with 3rd Row Seat accommodates a 6-footer.  Consumer Guide names Traverse a Best Buy, summing it up with this: “Chevy’s version of the General Motors midsize crossover trio is arguably the strongest value…Traverse offers space, power and decent handling in an exceptional package that looks and feels more expensive than it is.”

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