The 5 Least Reliable SUVs With Third Row Seating in 2019

With how popular SUVs are nowadays, there are many good and bad options to choose from. One of the most important aspects that’ll determine which SUV you should buy is reliability. Luckily, U.S. News recently compiled a list that ranked 2019 SUVs with third-row seating by reliability. Without further ado, here are the 5 least reliable SUVs from that list.

GMC Acadia

While the Acadia is one of the least reliable SUVs that U.S. News ranked, as it got a 2.5 out of 5, there are some good things to say about the Acadia. For example, the Acadia has great interior features for its price tag of $29,000. U.S. News says that it’s luxury features, which include a 7-inch touchscreen and a large suite of safety features, make the Acadia seem like a pricier SUV than it actually is. 

However, its poor reliability makes the Acadia terrible for engaging in sporty activities like off-roading, and its engine also doesn’t give it a great gas mileage. On top of that, despite having third-row seats, it’s not a very spacious or comfortable car according to U.S. News.

Ford Flex

Like the Acadia, U.S. News gave the Flex a 2.5 out of 5 for reliability. The big reason why U.S. News gave the Flex a poor reliability grade is because of how old the model is. That’s also the reason why the Flex got mediocre safety ratings.

Furthermore, U.S. News didn’t enjoy the Flex’s interior design as the Flex isn’t that roomy. On top of that, unlike the Acadia, the Flex has worse interior features despite having a slightly higher starting price of about $30,500. 

That said, U.S. News was impressed by the Flex’s engine. Its V6 delivers 365-hp, which is pretty good for an SUV.

Mitsubishi Outlander

Similar to the Acadia and the Flex, U.S. News gave the Outlander a reliability rating of 2.5 out of 5. However, there are many other issues with this SUV. For example, the third-row seats are extremely cramped according to U.S. News, and it recommends that drivers don’t choose that option unless you absolutely want it.

On top of that, U.S. News didn’t rate the Outlander’s suspension and ride comfort highly. Not to mention, its engine was also given low marks, especially for its reliability.

That said, at a price below $25,000 and with decent fuel mileage of 27 combined mpg, the Outlander does have some positive perks. Its poor reliability does come with one of the longest warranties on the market, and drivers can get a 5 year or 60,000-mile basic warranty or an upgraded 10 year or 100,000-mile warranty.

Dodge Durango 

There’s a lot to like about the Durango, and sure enough, it’s the most-driven car in Los Angeles. However, when it comes to its reliability, it’s pretty terrible according to U.S. News, who gave the Durango a 2.0 out of 5 for reliability. It’s gas mileage is only decent also, as it gets 21 combined mpg. 

However, the Durango has a lot of great features for its cost. It’s a class-leader in towing capacity, it has an extremely spacious interior, and it has a large suite of premium features, including a 7-inch touchscreen. All of those features also start at an affordable price tag of about $30,500.

Dodge Journey

According to U.S. News, the least reliable and the second least reliable SUVs with third-row seating are both Dodges. U.S. News gave the Journey a 2.0 out of 5 in its scathing review of the car. Not only does the Journey have an underpowered base engine, which only gets 179-hp, but it also handles poorly according to U.S. News. 

But, U.S. News does compliment its above-average infotainment system and the Journey is also the cheapest SUV on this list, as it starts at under $24,000. But the cheaper price tag comes at the cost of reliability, so it may cost you more in the long run.