10 Most Affordable 3-Row Vehicles (2016)
This year’s list of most affordable 7- and 8-passenger vehicles includes six minivans and four SUVs, and is topped by a legend in family transportation that starts just a tick over $23,000. Here are the 10 most affordable 3-row vehicles on the market today -- all but one under $30,000 -- according to starting sticker price (with the third row, where optional.)
Arguably the most practical 3-row people mover on the road, the Odyssey is also among the most affordable. Roomy and flexible, packed with smart touches and built to last, it should surprise no one that the Honda Odyssey once again earned a spot on our annual list of Best Family Cars, too.
Starting MSRP: $30,175
The Kia Sorento is among a handful of vehicles available in both 2- and 3-row versions, the latter configuration eking its way onto this list with a starting sticker price close to $30,000. Families that need three rows on a regular basis would do well to consider the minivans on this list, but a 3-row Sorento can be a feature-packed, right-sized SUV option for those who only need occasional overflow capacity.
Starting MSRP: $29,795
If you’re going to buy a minivan, it makes perfect sense to buy one from an automaker that’s built an entire brand around practicality, reliability and safety. Another one of our 16 Best Family Cars of 2016, the Toyota Sienna is also the only minivan to offer the added traction of all-wheel drive.
Starting MSRP: $29,750
If you promised yourself and everyone who would listen that you’d never drive a minivan, but now a growing family is testing your resolve, how about driving a minivan unlike any other? On top of distinctive styling, the Nissan Quest’s starting sticker price places it about $2,500 less than Odyssey and Sienna.
Starting MSRP: $27,480
Like so many other vehicles in the Kia lineup, the Sedona impresses with good looks, attractive features and a fantastic warranty. The Sedona isn’t quite as roomy as bigger, more familiar minivans, but flexible seating and superior maneuverability help make the Sedona an attractive option.
Starting MSRP: $27,295
Ford’s European-rooted alternative to more commonplace 3-row conveyances, the Transit Connect Wagon is smaller, nimbler and decidedly different than every other troop transport in the school pickup line. Also available as a short-wheelbase 2-row hauler, the long-wheelbase 7-passenger version is the fifth most affordable 3-row vehicle money can buy.
Starting MSRP: $26,295
Nissan’s answer to compact SUVs like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 is the only one in the group to offer available 7-passenger seating. It’s a small third row to be sure -- the tightest on this list-- but for the occasional carriage of smaller, more flexible humans over shorter distances, a 3-row Rogue can make more sense than a larger SUV for some families.
Starting MSRP: $25,380
Mitsubishi’s 7-passenger SUV has been significantly enhanced for 2016, and continues to reward buyers with more features for their money. In addition to standard 3-row seating, even the most affordable Outlander comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control and the automaker’s Fuse infotainment system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Impressive 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties are icing on the cake.
Starting MSRP: $23,890
The least expensive 3-row SUV in the country -- undercutting the Mitsubishi Outlander by $100 in sticker price -- the 2016 Dodge Journey SE with optional third-row seating package also boasts second-row in-floor storage bins, a 4.3-inch touchscreen audio system and USB connectivity.
Starting MSRP: $23,790
The Dodge Grand Caravan American Value Package remains the country’s most affordable new minivan. Offering a list of standard features that includes a Stow 'n Go third row, V6 power and seven airbags, the Grand Caravan is the king of the road when it comes to affordable 7-passenger transportation.
Starting MSRP: $23,090