Top 5 Family-Sized SUVs Mar 22, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

SUVs have been steadily overtaking minivans as the preferred option for families. When you choose a model with three rows of seats, you get versatility and enhanced seating capacity with the styling and capabilities of an SUV. Even if you narrow your search to SUVs with three rows of seats, you will have a range of mid-size and full-size models available. To help you narrow down your search, consider the following top five models.

Ford Explorer


Families will want to strongly consider the Ford Explorer for their next three-row crossover SUV. It has the affordable pricing to match a stylish exterior. The standard V6 engine delivers a 290 horsepower while still maintaining 24 mpg for highway driving. The only downside is that you have to upgrade to get some of the most useful features, although the premium isn’t very high.

Honda Pilot


Honda redesigned the Pilot for 2016, and the new model is a great choice for families of all sizes. The cabin is spacious, and experts agree that it drives smoothly like a sedan. It will also give you 27 mpg on the highway, helping to save money during daily drives. The V6 engine is powerful, and the available features are useful, including the Honda LaneWatch blind spot camera for the passenger side, and the rear-seat entertainment system, especially for children.

Hyundai Santa Fe


The Santa Fe is a great SUV with three rows of seats and a spacious interior. The 3.3-liter V6 engine is powerful enough to give you 290 horsepower while still letting you get 25 mpg for highway driving. To make the Santa Fe even better, Hyundai has one of the top warranty plans in the country, which helps you save money over time on repairs and maintenance.

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