Inflation is driving up prices for seemingly everything, not least the 3-row family SUV. There are still a couple of examples available for less than $30,000 — if barely — but most are now in the mid-to-upper $30,000 range, and that’s for the base models. Nonetheless, many of these vehicles are well-equipped in base form and could make an excellent fit for your family. Whether you stick with the entry model or upgrade to something more luxurious, our list of the 10 most affordable new 3-row SUVs for 2023 has something for you. Pricing does not include destination charges.
1. 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan: $26,950
The VW Tiguan
The 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan is one of the smallest 3-row SUVs, and while the third row is only available with front-wheel drive, this Volkswagen
is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. All Tiguan models now get a digital instrument display screen, heated seats, and LED exterior lighting.
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2. 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander: $27,595
The Mitsubishi Outlander
The 2023 Mitsubishi
Outlander was all-new last year, bringing a fresh look inside and out and upgraded tech and materials in the cabin. Base models are reasonably well-equipped, but consider upgrading to the Outlander SE for better value.
3. 2023 Kia Sorento: $29,990
The Kia Sorento
The 2023 Kia
Sorento is the foil to the Hyundai
Palisade, with a younger look but most of the same value, including an upscale interior and luxurious upgrade paths. The available second-row captain’s chairs make 3-row access easier if you don’t need a middle bench seat.
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4. 2023 Subaru Ascent: $33,895
The 2021 Subaru Ascent
The 2023 Subaru
Ascent is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ with standard all-wheel drive and lots of standard tech equipment, including wireless Android Auto/Apple
CarPlay. Safety is also standard with the EyeSight suite of tech.
5. 2023 Chevrolet Traverse: $34,520
The Chevy Traverse
The 2023 Chevrolet Traverse is a midsize 3-row crossover that’s nonetheless spacious inside, offers some of the latest wireless smartphone tech, and even includes several active safety systems as standard equipment.
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6. 2023 Nissan Pathfinder: $35,000
The Nissan Pathfinder
redesigned the Pathfinder entirely last year. The 2023 model seats up to eight with up to 6,000 pounds of towing capacity. Also standard is the Safety Shield 360 safety suite, which includes automatic emergency braking, high-beam assist, blind-spot warning, and more.
7. 2023 Volkswagen Atlas: $35,150
The VW Atlas
If you’re after lots of interior space and easy-to-use tech, the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas may be for you. If you’re looking to maximize tech and value, consider the base SE model with the Technology Package, which adds parking assist, remote engine start, a hands-free rear liftgate, 3-zone climate control, and more.
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8. 2023 Hyundai Palisade: $35,250
The 2023 Hyundai Palisade
The 2023 Hyundai Palisade’s spacious interior and excellent standard equipment make it a top value in the 3-row segment. It’s also an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and can be downright luxurious in higher trims, with options like heated third-row seats and remote smart parking assist.
9. 2023 Kia Telluride: $35,690
The 2023 Kia Telluride
More rugged and upright than the Sorento, the 2023 Kia Telluride brings a roomy cabin, stadium seating, and loads of standard equipment to the midsize 3-row SUV party. Standard safety systems are also excellent, with adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and automatic emergency braking on the menu.
10. 2023 Ford Explorer: $36,760
The Ford Explorer
The 2023 Ford
Explorer is the most expensive vehicle on this list. While it offers great towing ability for a midsize crossover (up to 5,600 pounds) and a range of engines, all making more than 300 horsepower, it’s not as refined as some options on this list.
This story originally ran on Autotrader.com.