10 Cheapest Three-Row SUVs Of 2024


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If you are looking for a vehicle that is capable of some off-roading, is convenient for more than just driving to the shops, has towing capacity, and has enough seats to get your family and friends around, then you will probably be looking for a three-row SUV. With so many luxury SUVs from the likes of Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, and Lexus out there that may require a second mortgage to buy, and with the way things are with the economy at the moment, you will also probably be looking for a new car that is cheap, but still has all the convenience features you want.




We have brought you the top-ten list of the cheapest three-row SUVs which are new for 2024. We have chosen the following list based on their low starting prices, but have also included why they are great for hauling, towing and being great utility vehicles for everyday use.

In order to give you the most up-to-date and accurate information possible, the data used to compile this article was sourced from various manufacturer websites and other authoritative sources, including NHTSA, Fuel Economy.gov, Car & Driver for road tests, and Statista. We have ordered the list of the cheapest three-row SUVs by price from most expensive to most affordable.

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10 2024 Ford Explorer

MSRP – $38,680

2024 Ford Ranger in red driving on forest road in snow
Ford


Ford has long been a market leader contender in pickups and SUVs and this year is no exception with the release of the very reasonably priced 2024 Ford Explorer. Boasting a rugged but modern exterior design that wouldn’t look out of place on the school-run or a weekend away camping, you have the option of being able to drive in style around town or load it up with your family or whatever gear you need to haul.

Performance Specifications

Engine

2.4-Liter Turbocharged Inline-Four

Transmission

Ten-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

300 Horsepower

Torque

310 Pound-Feet

Driveline

Rear-Wheel Drive

0-60 MPH

Unpublished

Top Speed

Unpublished

Towing Capacity

5,300 Pounds

Payload Capacity

Unpublished


(Specs sourced from Ford)

For a base model, you may be surprised at the standard features that are included, such as a power-lifting tailgate, four-wheel ABS, pre and post-collision safety system, parking sensors, terrain management system, and LED headlamps. The 2024 Ford Explorer boasts a reasonable combined miles-per-gallon of 23 miles per gallon, so it is also a reasonably economical SUV to drive day to day with the potential to save more money compared to other SUVs out there. Even more so if you choose the Ford Explorer hybrid powertrain option.

Pros

  • Huge towing ability
  • Turbocharged engine helps to produce a reasonable amount of horsepower and torque
  • Aggressive and mean look

Cons

  • Road tests have reported that the third-row room is a little tight
  • Not the most refined interior design
  • Most expensive on our list

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9 2024 Hyundai Palisade

MSRP – $36,650

2024 Honda Palisade in blue posing on lake road
Honda

The 2024 Hyundai Palisade is a three-row SUV that doesn’t just deliver when it comes to towing, hauling, and speed, but it also comes equipped with some very good tech features as standard in the base model (Hyundai Palisade SE). Showcasing a 12.3-inch central touchscreen, multi-device wireless Apple and Android connectivity, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, reverse assistance, and proximity key with push button start, you will feel as if you are driving an SUV that is worth a lot more money.


Performance Specifications

Engine

3.8-Liter V-6

Transmission

Eight-Speed Shiftable Automatic

Horsepower

291 Horsepower

Torque

262 Pound-Feet

Driveline

Front-Wheel Drive

0-60 MPH

Unpublished

Top Speed

Unpublished

Towing Capacity

5,000 Pounds

Payload Capacity

1,506 Pounds

(Specs sourced from Hyundai)

Featuring a very impressive 18-cubic-feet of cargo space when all seats are in place, the Palisade is a very handy utility vehicle to own. The third-row seats boast a 60/40 split and can recline, meaning that whoever you have sitting in the second and third rows, can sit back in comfort thanks to generous leg-room of 42.4-inches, a well-designed layout, and comfortable cushioned cloth upholstery.


Pros

  • Very good towing ability
  • High-standard-looking interior
  • Lots of good standard features

Cons

  • Very individual appearance that you will either hate or love
  • More desirable all-wheel drive is an optional extra

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8 2024 Kia Telluride

MSRP – $36,1902024 Kia Telluride in black Posing in front of desert house

Boasting a very upscale and beautifully designed interior, the 2024 Kia Telluride has some very good credentials that make it a fantastic SUV to buy this year. It showcases a 12.3-inch central touchscreen display, dual sunroofs, embroidered seats on all three rows, a blind-spot view mirror, and a 10-inch heads-up display for driver information. Another feature that has been designed to ensure the highest amount of comfort for you is three-row separate climate control, meaning that each area of the SUV can be at the optimal temperature.


Performance Specifications

Engine

3.8-Liter V-6

Transmission

Eight-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

291 Horsepower

Torque

262 Pound-Feet

Driveline

Front-Wheel Drive

0-60 MPH

Unpublished

Top Speed

Unpublished

Towing Capacity

5,000 Pounds

Payload Capacity

Unpublished

(Specs sourced from Kia)


According to Statista, 55% of Americans prioritize safety when buying a new car. The 2024 Kia Telluride has been named one of the NHTSA’s 5-star crash safety cars for 2024, making it one of the safest-rated cars on the market this year. If you are part of this 55%, it should be high on your list to check out. Some of the best safety features that are showcased as standard in this year’s model are a stiffened-body, forward-collision avoidance, blind-spot collision warning, LED headlights, a total of 9 airbags throughout the vehicle, and safe exit assist. For an 8-seat SUV that has a reasonable MSRP, you really do get a lot of standard features included.

Pros

  • Lots of features as standard, even on base trim
  • Spacious cabin
  • Rugged and practical-looking

Cons

  • You will need to buy the optional tow hitch if you want to haul a trailer
  • Less horsepower than some cheaper options

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7 2024 Nissan Pathfinder

MSRP – $36,080

2024 Nissan Pathfinder in red Posing on forest road
Nissan


Nissan, another manufacturer that has for years been a leader in everything from their electric vehicles to some of the best pickups ever manufactured, has continued to show what they can do in the three-row SUV segment with the release of the 2024 Nissan Pathfinder. An SUV that is as rugged looking as it is comfortable, the Pathfinder is a good mix of off-roading ability and passenger comfort. Boasting a boxy, wide, and domineering stance, it wouldn’t look out of place full of sports gear with everything you and your family need or, fully laden, roughing it along a muddy trail.

Performance Specifications

Engine

3.5-Liter V-8

Transmission

Nine-Speed Shiftable Automatic

Horsepower

284 Horsepower

Torque

259 Pound-Feet

Driveline

Front-Wheel Drive

0-60 MPH

Unpublished

Top Speed

Unpublished

Towing Capacity

3,500 Pounds

Payload Capacity

1,583 Pounds


(Specs sourced from Nissan)

Boasting an 8-seat capacity with tri-zone climate control and plenty of legroom in the front and rear of the vehicle, everyone will have a comfortable ride. Off-road, the Pathfinder’s independent front strut suspension, independent multi-link rear suspension, dual Flow Path shock absorbers, and front and rear stabilizer bars all assist in creating a smooth and versatile ride on most terrains.

Pros

  • Reasonable amount of horsepower and torque
  • Intelligently designed cabin layout
  • Boxy and rugged design

Cons

  • Less towing capability than rival three-row SUVs
  • Higher trims really rack up the price
  • All-wheel drive is an optional extra

6 2024 Chevrolet Traverse Limited

MSRP – $35,195

2024 Chevrolet Traverse Limited In red posing in front of forest lodge
Chevrolet


The 2024 Chevrolet Traverse Limited is a three-row, eight-seater SUV that embodies the best of city driving and off-roading capability. With a combined miles-per-gallon rating of 21 miles-per-gallon, the Traverse is built for both. Not bad for a vehicle that has a gross weight of 6,160 pounds and can fit eight people in comfortably. The Traverse is a very long vehicle at 205.9-inches and has a massive turning circle of 39-feet, meaning that though it is good at driving in towns due to the miles per gallon it can acheive, it is more suited to the open country.

Performance Specifications

Engine

3.6-Liter V-6

Transmission

Nine-Speed Shiftable Automatic

Horsepower

310 Horsepower

Torque

266 Pound-Feet

Driveline

Front-Wheel Drive

0-60 MPH

Unpublished

Top Speed

Unpublished

Towing Capacity

1,500 Pounds

Payload Capacity

Unpublished


(Specs sourced from Chevrolet)

Unfortunately, the 2024 Chevrolet Traverse Limited has a relatively low towing capacity compared to others in the segment, but to make up for that, you do get a lot of exceptional features as standard, which include hill-start assist, down-hill assist, seven different driving modes made for different terrains, underfloor storage, and motion activated lift gate. With the Traverse Limited, you can even choose to add captain seats in the second row to ensure that your passengers are even more comfortable and feel more at home.

Pros

  • Impressive infotainment system as standard
  • Lots of space for all passengers
  • Lots of good features as standard

Cons

  • Low towing capability compared to rivals
  • Interior design doesn’t look particularly prestige

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5 2024 Subaru Ascent

MSRP – $34,395

2024 Subaru Ascent in blue posing on freeway
Subaru


If you are looking for an all-wheel drive SUV as standard, the 2024 Subaru Ascent is a great place to start. A cheaper all-wheel drive, but featuring only two-rows, would be the Mazda CX-30. Featuring a rugged and sporty look, the ’24 Ascent encapsulates modern driving on all terrains with the added bonus of extreme comfort. With seven or eight large seats to choose from, a comfortable and very modern interior along with smart driving, the Subura Ascent looks to be a very good all-rounder SUV with plenty of capability.

Performance Specifications

Engine

2.4-Liter Turbocharged Flat-Four

Transmission

CVT

Horsepower

260 Horsepower

Torque

277 Pound-Feet

Driveline

All-Wheel Drive

0-60 MPH

Unpublished

Top Speed

Unpublished

Towing Capacity

5,000 Pounds

Payload Capacity

Unpublished


(Specs sourced from Subaru)

Showcasing a direct-injection turbocharged Subaru Boxer engine that provides a smooth and powerful driving experience and a symmetrical all-wheel drive system that automatically provides power to any wheels that slip on terrain, makes for a versatile and comfortable ride. Boasting a driver-centric cabin with a large 11.6-inch central display with STARLINK Multimedia, the Ascent exudes comfort, driving ability and modernity in a well-priced package.

Pros

  • All-wheel drive makes this a very capable SUV
  • Lots of good safety tech
  • Lots of convenience features that make your ride smoother and more comfortable

Cons

  • Small third row space
  • Road tests have suggested that the engine is a little lethargic

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4 2024 Kia Carnival

MSRP – $33,600

2024 Kia Carnival in light blue Posing in desert in front of mountains
Kia


The 2024 Kia Carnival, a cheaper alternative and competitor of the Kia Telluride, boasts a comfortable interior for up to 8 people that can be customized with different colored upholstery, two infotainment screens options, ample rear cargo space of 40 cubic-feet, and a peppy V-6 powertrain that provides decent horsepower and towing ability.

Performance Specifications

Engine

3.5-Liter V-6

Transmission

Eight-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

290 Horsepower

Torque

262 Pound-Feet

Driveline

Front-Wheel Drive

0-60 MPH

7 Seconds

Top Speed

Unpublished

Towing Capacity

3,500 Pounds

Payload Capacity

1,279 Pounds


(Specs sourced from Kia and Car & Driver for 0 – 60mph time)

The exterior showcases a broad but sleek-looking design, wide and tall windscreen, cutting aerodynamic lines, and black grille which are all only improved by standard 18-inch wheels. It is safe to say that the 2024 Carnival is playing no games when it comes to looks. Safety has also been prioritized, and the base trim boasts a huge amount of safety tech which includes forward-collision assist, blind-spot assist, and cyclist detection, making it ideal for family driving.

Pros

  • Modern but fierce-looking
  • Reasonable amount of towing capacity
  • Good starting price for what you get

Cons

  • Underpowered compared to some of its rivals
  • Lower towing capacity compared to cheaper SUVs
  • All-wheel drive is not available

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3 2024 Kia Sorrento LX

MSRP – $31,9902024 Kia Sorrento LX in gray Posing in woodland

The 2024 Kia Sorrento LX epitomizes versatility and value, catering to drivers seeking a well-rounded SUV that doesn’t compromise on features or affordability. With its modern design and dynamic stance, the Sorrento LX exudes confidence on the road, drawing attention with its sleek lines and striking details. Inside, the Sorrento boasts a 7 passenger capacity, Apple and Android connectivity, plush interior design, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, and second-row captain seats.

Performance Specifications

Engine

2.5-Liter Inline-Four

Transmission

Eight-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

191 Horsepower

Torque

181 Pound-Feet

Driveline

Front-Wheel Drive

0-60 MPH

Unpublished

Top Speed

Unpublished

Towing Capacity

2,000 Pounds

Payload Capacity

Unpublished


(Specs sourced from Kia)

The base trim is powered by a gas-powered engine, but a hybrid option is available and greatly improves the combined fuel economy from 26 mpg to 37 mpg and provides a gas tank range of an estimated 655 miles. Depending on which trim you choose, driving the 2024 Kia Sorrento could mean driving one of the most economical vehicles of 2024.

Pros

  • Hybrid powertrain available
  • Attractive starting price
  • Modern looking

Cons

  • Doesn’t tow as much as the 2024 Kia Telluride
  • Low amount of space in third row

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2 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan

MSRP – $28,880

2024 Volkswagen Tiguan in blue Posing on city street
Volkswagen 


The 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan represents a harmonious blend of style, versatility, and innovation, solidifying its position as a top contender in the mid-sized SUV segment. With its sleek and athletic design, the Tiguan exudes modernity and sophistication, effortlessly catching the eye with its clean lines and distinctive features. But, it is not all just looks. The 2024 Tiguan boasts well-renowned MacPherson front strut suspension and multi-link rear suspension which helps to provide a smooth ride on and off-road.

Performance Specifications

Engine

2.0-liter Inline-Four

Transmission

Eight-Speed Shiftable Automatic

Horsepower

184 Horsepower

Torque

221 Pound-Feet

Driveline

Front-Wheel Drive

0-60 MPH

Unpublished

Top Speed

Unpublished

Towing Capacity

1,500 Pounds

Payload Capacity

1,301 Pounds


(Specs sourced from Volkswagen)

The 2024 VW Tiguan has a relatively low cargo space compared to other three-row SUVs like the Chevrolet Traverse Limited, of 65.3 cubic-feet and rear-leg room of 38.7-inches, but for a lower starting price, a little more luxury, and the fact that you can still fit a third row of seats, the 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan does offer a lot. Especially when it comes to standard features, such as the crystal clear VW cockpit that displays all the information you need when driving, keyless access, and a large central infotainment console.

Pros

  • Sleek and aggressive looking
  • Very good starting price
  • Reasonable amount of horsepower produced

Cons

  • Low towing capacity
  • Small amount of storage

1 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander

MSRP – $28,395

2024 Mitsubishi Outlander In silver posing on driveway
Mitsubishi 


The cheapest three-row SUV available in 2024 is the 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander. Boasting a bulky and rugged design that would look at home on any trail, broad front grille, LED headlamps, huge windscreen, aerodynamic lines, and boxy side windows, the Outlander is a modern blend of technology and old-school off-roading capability. With seven trims available, each with more and more fantastic features, the base trim alone boasts some great technology features, such as an 8-inch infotainment screen, 6 speakers, Android and Apple connectivity, and satellite radio.

Performance Specifications

Engine

2.5-Liter Inline-Four

Transmission

CVT

Horsepower

181 Horsepower

Torque

181 Pound-Feet

Driveline

Front-Wheel Drive

0-60 MPH

Unpublished

Top Speed

Unpublished

Towing Capacity

2,000 Pounds

Payload Capacity

1,599 Pounds


(Specs sourced from Mitsubishi)

Showcasing hollow stabilizing bars, lightweight and high-rigidity aluminum components, and anti-vibration support, the ride quality on most terrains in the ’24 Outlander should be quiet and smooth. Mitsubishi states that their signature Super All-Wheel Drive system is rally tested. Unfortunately, it is an optional extra or available on higher trims, but Mitsubishi is a renowned manufacturer of off-reading beasts, so you can be confident in the longevity of the Outlander. Mitsubishi must also be very confident in this SUV as well, as they offer a ten-year warranty or 100,000-mile warranty on the 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander powertrain.

Pros

Cons

  • Lower horsepower than rivals
  • Lower towing capacity
  • Small third-row seating space



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