10 Best 3-Row SUVs of 2018
SUVs rose to popularity in the early 2000s, with customers being drawn to their large cabins, higher ride height, and perceived safety. The fact that automakers scored bigger profit margins from them also contributed to the surge. Starting in 2015, sales of SUVs started dominating the auto industry, and carmakers began building them in all shapes and sizes. But, while you can buy everything from compacts to full-size vehicles with taller ride height, three-row SUVs are limited to only midsize and large SUVs.
It’s obviously a matter of practicality here. And, while most haulers aren’t exactly practical, three-row vehicles retain one of the most important features of original SUVs: the ability to carry more than five people. With minivans almost extinct, the three-row SUV is arguably the most practical of its kind. With that in mind, we’re going to take a look at the ten best three-row SUVs you can buy today and compare what they offer in terms of features, power, and third-row practicality.
2019 Skoda Karoq Sportline
Only days after Skoda introduced the exceptional pseudo-off-road Karoq Scout, the Czech company is gifting us with an all-new version - the Karoq Sportline. It is a sporty interpretation of the compact SUV destined to make its way all over European cities with the character of a happy, raspy crossover, presented here in dashing red. The Karoq Sportline ditched many off-road centric features and embraced gear usually associated with sportier cars from Skoda.
2019 Mazda CX-9 With Much More Gear For A Bit More Money
The 2019 Mazda CX-9 received a simple update for the new model year and now comes with more features than ever, slightly changed pricing, and can even be had with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems. It is a welcomed update for a car that seems to be perfectly suited for the family tasks of today.
2018 Opel Grandland X
The Opel Grandland X marks a huge weight off the shoulders of the French automaker. Shackled by the completely underwhelming Antara, the Grandland X arrives with a new and more SUV-friendly design, a larger profile than the Crossland X, and some much-needed heritage from the Peugeot 3008, a car that has surprised a lot of people with its overall offering. The Grandland X is an all-new model, too, providing a much-needed boost for the French automaker in its fight for relevancy in the super competitive world of crossovers and SUVs.
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2018 Škoda Kodiaq Scout
The Skoda Kodiaq Scout represents a remarkable achievement for the Czech automaker. Lost in the madness that is the crossover and SUV segments, the Kodiaq Scout manages to create a little niche of its own. It’s not as premium as a BMW X1 or an Audi Q2. It doesn’t even have the status and name recall of volume models like the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5.Instead, the Kodiaq Scout sits in a sweet point that covers the different needs customer have for the segment. Essentially, it’s compact SUV with enough space, functionality, and practicality. It even costs a pittance, at least relative to the other models already mentioned. You may not want to hear from Skoda, but the Kodiaq Scout is making a loud impression.
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2019 Seat Tarraco
Seat is preparing to launch its third SUV that will go by the name Tarraco and will be the company’s largest SUV yet. Spotted testing on the Nurburgring track in June 2018, the Tarraco shares underpinnings and other components with the midsize Skoda Kodiaq. This means that the Tarraco uses the Volkswagen Group’s ubiquitous MQB platform, which also underpins the Volkswagen Tiguan and Touareg. Much like the Kodiaq, the Tarraco will go against popular SUVs like the Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe, and even the Volkswagen Tiguan. In case you’re wondering what’s in the Tarraco name, it’s the ancient name of the Spanish city of Tarragona.
2018 Ram 1500 Classic
Ram is the latest in a long line of automakers to sell a new generation model alongside the old generation model it just replaced. Don’t get confused, then, if you see the next-generation Ram 1500 sitting alongside the Ram 1500 Classic inside Ram dealerships all over the country. Unlike the next-gen model, the 1500 Classic is being packaged as a no-frills option that would-be customers can opt to get if they’re not willing to pay extra for all the new goodies that are available on the new 1500.
2018 Buick LaCrosse Sport Touring
The Buick LaCrosse is getting some reinforcement in the form of a new trim model called Sport Touring. Officially referred to as the LaCross Sport Touring, this new trim option will slot in as the sportiest model in the entire LaCrosse lineup. It’s been developed to not only look the part but also perform like a performance-oriented sedan. Pricing for the Buick LaCrosse Sport Touring starts at $40,295, including $925 in destination fees.
The Porsche Cayenne Coupé Has Finally Been Confirmed
It’s official. After hearing all the rumors surrounding the coupé version of the Cayenne, we finally have the answer. Autocar has learned from the Porsche boss, Oliver Blume, that a Cayenne Coupé is more than just hot-talk, and we might see it hit the roads at some point in 2019. Is it going to be a practical car or just a desirable asset with a heavy depreciation?
The 2019 Lexus ES Gets Some Tasty Performance Flavor With New F Sport Model
The 2019 Lexus ES Gets All-New Chassis, Drives Like A Champ
Lexus has updated its midsize luxury sedan with a new chassis and underpinnings, blessing the four-door ES with the latest GA-K platform and a good deal more refinement. Read on for all the details on what’s found under the skin.
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2023 Alfa Romeo Large SUV
Alfa Romeo is looking to expand its hauler lineup with an even bigger vehicle that will seat seven and have an electrified drivetrain, so we put together a rendering of what it could look like.
The upcoming SUV is part of a bigger plan that also includes a new range of performance hybrid models. There’s no specific information on any car, but an announcement is expected to be made in June 2018 by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The SUV is considered a vital model for the company’s ambitions on the U.S. market, but word has it Alfa Romeo is still waiting to see how the Stelvio does on the market before it greenlights a larger SUV. We’ll just have to wait a little longer but, until then, check out our speculative review below.