The $40,000 3-Row SUV Challenge

By David Thomas  on April 6, 2014

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Family haulers remain top sellers across the country, so we took seven of the best, set a price cap of $40,000, made sure that they achieved at least 19 mpg in combined EPA mileage ratings and put them through their paces. We brought in our own judges along with experts from USA Today and "MotorWeek" as well as a real-life family to evaluate them. Here's what they found.

 

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

 

What the Judges Said

 

Mileage Results

 

Photo Galleries

2014 Chevrolet Traverse | 2014 Dodge Durango | 2014 Honda Pilot | 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe | 2014 Mazda CX-9 | 2014 Nissan Pathfinder | 2014 Toyota Highlander

 

Car Seat Checks

2014 Chevrolet Traverse | 2014 Dodge Durango | 2014 Honda Pilot | 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe | 2014 Mazda CX-9 | 2014 Nissan Pathfinder | 2014 Toyota Highlander

 

Real-World Cargo Space

2014 Chevrolet Traverse | 2014 Dodge Durango | 2014 Honda Pilot | 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe | 2014 Mazda CX-9 | 2014 Nissan Pathfinder | 2014 Toyota Highlander


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