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Top third row SUVs that are fun to drive

When you’re in the market for a third row SUV, it’s usually because you want a vehicle that can accommodate a growing family or haul plenty of people and cargo without having to buy a minivan. The problem with some third row SUVs is that their size can leave you feeling more like the captain of a ship than the driver of a car.

These top third row SUVs [1] provide comfort and utility along with a cool factor that makes them both pleasant to ride in and to drive.

Mazda CX-9 [2]

The Mazda CX-9 sports smooth lines and a sleek interior that make it feel less like a family car and more like a vehicle you want to take out for a spin. The CX-9 ranked high on U.S. News and World Reports’ rankings, garnering a 9.3 out of possible 10 for safety and 8.5 out of 10 overall.

Chevy Traverse [3]

The Chevy Traverse has made a lot of best of lists for its modern look and feel and roomy third row that teenagers and even adults can sit comfortably in. It comes in five trim lines – L, LS, LT, RS and Premier.

L is the base model and includes rear-vision camera, keyless open and start, and built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to seven devices. The trim lines move up from there, adding features like deep-tinted glass, leather, and power features. The main difference to note about the RS is that it alone features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as opposed to the 3.6-liter V6 engine with start-stop technology featured in all other lines.

Kia Sorento [4]

This family-friendly SUV delivers a plush interior and easy-to-use infotainment system along with a roomy first two rows and smooth ride for a low price point. Its cargo space lacks compared to others, and the third row isn’t as roomy, but it’s still a solid choice for the money.

Honda Pilot [5]

The Honda Pilot has long been known as a fun family car for people who want a lot of cargo and passenger capacity without having to drive a minivan. Highlights include ample storage space, a roomy third row, smooth ride, and pleasant driving experience.

Ford Expedition [6]

While this is the largest of the top third row SUVs [7] listed here, there’s a good reason for its hefty size; the Expedition offers the roomiest third row seating experience. Even adults can feel comfortable riding extended distances in it. It also has a powerful engine and sleek interior.

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