10 Most Affordable 3-Row Vehicles
Far from a list of bargain-basement rejects, this year’s list of budget-friendly 7- and 8-passenger vehicles includes our Minivan Best Buy of 2017 and two of our 12 Best Family Cars of 2017. Each is available for less than $29,000 according to Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price as of March 2017, with four of them available for less than $25,000 (including the third row, where optional).
“Buyers in the market for a slick-looking, smooth-driving 3-row SUV with sophisticated character and all of the latest driver-assist tech should seriously consider checking out the all-new 2017 Acadia.” Read our full review
Fair Purchase Price: $28,255
“With its 3-row seating, spacious cargo bay and handsome styling, Chevrolet’s 2017 Traverse crossover SUV makes an ideal family vehicle. Although it lacks more advanced driver-assist systems found on the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer, the Traverse is still safe, competent and desirable.” Read our full review, or take a quick peak at the redesigned 2018 Traverse.
Fair Purchase Price: $27,789
“The interior offers the kind of utility you expect from a minivan but with an unexpected dose of luxury, while the exterior is ready to go straight from the soccer game to the valet stand. Combine it with safety features and other family-friendly touches not available in any other minivan on the market, and the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica simply kills it.” The new-for-2017 Pacifica is our Minivan Best Buy of 2017 and one of our 12 Best Family Cars of 2017.
Fair Purchase Price: $27,666
“If you want a lot of space for the least amount of money, the 7-passenger 2017 Kia Sedona L, with a starting price just over $27,000, is a fantastic value. It offers a smooth ride, stylish design and standard features like a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, 12 cup holders and keyless entry.” The Kia Sedona is yet another appealing entry on our list of 12 Best Family Cars of 2017.
Fair Purchase Price: $26,204
“If you want a vehicle that can hold seven people or be used for business or commercial purposes, but don't want to deal with a traditional, bulky van, the 2017 Ford Transit Connect is an excellent alternative. Its mid-$20,000 starting price and ability to fit in a home garage are also appealing.” Read our full review
Fair Purchase Price: $25,400
“If your family’s comfort, safety and overall happiness are more important than impressing people with your daily driver, a 2017 Grand Caravan minivan makes an excellent choice. A low price and powerful standard engine give the Grand Caravan a leg up over similar competitors.” Read our full review
The Nissan Rogue is the only SUV in its class that even offers a third row. Families that regularly need the extra passenger space would be better off in a more traditional three-row vehicle, but for households that only occasionally need to haul six or seven, the Rogue’s just-in-case third row can do the work of two cars. Read our full review
MSRP: $25,950 (Rogue S + $1190 Family Package)
Fair Purchase Price: $23,809
“If you need room for seven passengers but your budget is saying ‘compact SUV only,’ the 4-cylinder Dodge Journey for 2017 is the answer. Highly versatile and offering a number of options, it’s easy to get into a nicely equipped Journey and still keep the price around $26,000.” Read our full review
MSRP: $24,235 (Journey SE + $1,995 Seating Group)
“March to the beat of your own drum? A 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is about as far from everyday as a 7-passenger SUV can get. With proven off-road credentials, a feature-rich cabin and a great warranty, there’s really very little to argue with.” Read our full review
Fair Purchase Price: $22,614