Used 3-Row SUVs: The 5 Top Choices for Families


Some buyers find that new SUVs for families are out of their budget, but many quality used 3-row SUVs can be found at very affordable prices. As is the case when buying a new car, you want to choose a used vehicle with the features that are important to you and one that has earned high ratings for reliability and safety.

Here are five of the top picks for used 3-row SUVs.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

Average Price: $12,500 to $17,800

When considering SUVs for families, safety is always a top concern, and that’s one of the reasons the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe made the list. It earned the highest rating (5 out of 5 stars) from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as well as the highest score of “Good” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The interior is roomy, so your family won’t feel cramped, and you’ll find lots of storage space for sports gear or luggage should you take your Santa Fe on a road trip. In addition to awards for safety, the Santa Fe also racked up awards for reliability making this a solid choice among used 3-row SUVs.

2012 Toyota Highlander

Average Price: $12,200 to $17,500

The 2012 Toyota Highlander offers a roomy cabin with space for the whole family. Do you have two in car seats? The vehicle makes life easier with two sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the second row. Unlike some used 3-row SUVs that feel clunky, this one offers smooth maneuvering.

It earned an above-average reliability rating from J.D. Power. What about safety? It was a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Standard safety features include dual-front airbags, curtain airbags that protect all three rows, antilock brakes, traction control, and more. You’ll find a rearview camera on some models.

2012 Chevy Traverse

Average Price: $7,500 to $10,100

This very affordable option delivers power, comfort, and reliability. This SUV offers a full-sized third-row seat rather than the smaller seats found in many SUVs in this class. Plus, a wide door makes it easy to get in and out of the third row. In addition to seating for up to 8, there is also 116.4 cubic feet of cargo room.

The 2012 Chevy Traverse is powered by a V6 and the vehicle delivers comfortable handling and easy maneuvering. The SUV was available in both AWD and FWD, and the higher trim levels included features like tri-zone climate control, Bose stereo system, navigation, rearview camera, and rear-seat entertainment. When you consider that you can find even the top trim level at just around $10,000, it’s easy to see why this is a great deal.

2012 Ford Flex

Average Price: $9,100 to $13,085

Seating for 7, a powerful EcoBoost engine that pushes out up to 355 horsepower, and easy maneuvering in tight spaces helped to land the Flex on our list of top SUVs for families. The top trim level came with AWD, while the others came with FWD.

Another reason this is a great choice among used 3-row SUVs is the long list of safety and security features that came standard on every trim level such as electronic brakeforce distribution, rear child safety locks, child seat anchors, stability control, post-collision safety system, traction control, and remote anti-theft alarm system.

2010 Subaru Tribeca

Average Price: $7,800 to $9,900

If you want an SUV with excellent safety scores, a responsive ride, and a comfortable interior at a very budget-friendly price, this is a great option. The cabin is made with high quality materials, giving the interior a richer look than some other entries.

Seating is for five or seven. The Tribeca was available as a 3-row SUV, and it was a common configuration, so used 3-row versions are easy to find. Even the base model came quite well-equipped with features such as a power driver’s seat and dual-zone climate control. Top trim levels, which you can now find for under $10,000, included updates like leather seats, heated seats, and touch-screen navigation.

Owings Automotive maintains an inventory of quality pre-owned vehicles, so you can probably find exactly what you’re looking for on our lot—and our buy here pay here financing makes it’s easy to get the family-friendly SUV you need even with less-than-perfect credit. Stop by to see what we have in stock and to get approved for financing today!



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