What's the Best 3-Row SUV for $40,000?

By David Thomas  on April 6, 2014


Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

Family-friendly SUVs are still a big business: There are plenty of kids to cart around, groceries and sports equipment for kids of all ages to carry.

$40,000 3-Row SUV Challenge
Index | What the Judges Said | Mileage Drive

We focused this Challenge on three-row SUVs that cost less than $40,000, including a destination charge, and achieved at least 19 mpg in EPA combined city/highway fuel-economy ratings. We picked the price based on Cars.com's listings for SUVs that came with the features we know are popular with families. After four days of testing by experts from Cars.com, USA Today, "MotorWeek" and a real-life, in-market family, here's how the results broke down:





What You Get for $40,000 (Click for Full Table)





$40,000 3-Row SUV Challenge
Index | What the Judges Said | Mileage Drive


Cars.com photos by Evan Sears. 

Honda Pilot Nissan Pathfinder Mazda CX-9 Chevrolet Traverse Hyundai Santa Fe Toyota Highlander Dodge Durango 40000 3-Row SUV Challenge Car Buying Crossovers SUVs

Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon.  Email David