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SUVs come in several shapes, sizes, capability levels, and seating configurations. One of the most popular options is a 3-row SUV, which can seat six, seven, or eight people. In the past, SUVs with three rows of seats were only offered in the full-size class, but now, you can find this seating configuration in nearly every SUV size.

Which 3-row SUVs top each list?

When you need at least six seats across three rows, you’ve narrowed your SUV search to models that offer this configuration. Thankfully, three rows of seats are pretty common in midsize and larger SUVs. Here are the top models in each size and class, according to Car and Driver.

White 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan 3-Row SUV posed.
2024 Volkswagen Tiguan | Volkswagen

Compact 3-Row SUV

The Volkswagen Tiguan ranks highest among compact SUVs with three rows of seats. This category is pretty small but offers a few choices for drivers. The Tiguan has a two-person bench in the rear, giving you the desired added seating. Unfortunately, you can’t have this third-row seat in an AWD Tiguan; it is only available in the FWD models.

2024 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class posed.
2024 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class | Mercedes-Benz

Compact Luxury 3-Row SUV

Why not go with a high-end luxury model when you want a small size but big quality and three rows? The Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class has a tall body size to make it feel bigger than it is. The third row is only suitable for short rides with children; it offers very little legroom but expands the cargo space when not used for passengers.

White 2024 Kia Telluride midsize 3-Row SUV posed.
2024 Kia Telluride | Kia

Midsize 3-Row SUV

It shouldn’t be surprising to find the Kia Telluride at the top of the midsize 3-row SUV class. This Kia hit the ground running and hasn’t stopped. There’s ample room for adults to fit in all three rows and enjoy the ride. This vehicle class has grown to be the most competitive in the SUV world.

2024 Genesis GV80 posed, only one trim has three rows of seats
2024 Genesis GV80 | Genesis

Midsize Luxury 3-Row SUV

With Kia taking top honors in the mainstream class, it’s also unsurprising to see the Genesis GV80 ranked at the top of the luxury category. Most GV80 models only come with two rows of seats, but the 3.5T Advance model has a power-folding third row, putting it in the lead among luxury three-row SUVs. This Genesis SUV has an impressive interior and amazing standard features.

Red 2024 Chevrolet Tahoe posed.
2024 Chevrolet Tahoe | Chevrolet

Full-Size 3-Row SUV

It seems odd to say “full-size three-row SUV,” because almost all SUVs of this size have three rows of seats. The Chevrolet Tahoe hits the top notes in this class for its comfort, maneuverability, and power. There’s plenty of room for a large family to enjoy the drive in this big Chevy.

White 2024 BMW X7 3-Row luxury SUV posed.
2024 BMW X7 | BMW

Full-Size Luxury 3-Row SUV

The BMW X7 is a sensible choice as the top-raking vehicle among full-size luxury three-row SUVs. This big Beemer has five-zone climate controls, heated third-row seats, and impressive styling inside and out. The rear-wheel steering makes the X7 drive like a smaller vehicle, which gives it the athletic feeling many associate with the BMW brand.