SUVs are more popular than ever and most brands are moving toward an SUV-driven lineup. More and more consumers are interested in the space and convenience of an SUV, with three-row SUVs offering enough space for the entire family.
At the head of this three-row SUV pack is Toyota, which offers more than just a few options in its lineup for shoppers looking for a third-row. In fact, you won’t find more choices with any other car brand than the four, three-row SUVs in Toyota’s lineup, with options to suit almost any family and any budget.
The Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid are great SUVs for your family
The newest Toyota Highlander comes with the lowest starting price of all the brand’s three-row SUVs, at around $34,810. It’s also arguably Toyota’s most popular three-row SUV, offering standard three-row bench seating for up to eight passengers.
According to U.S. News, the 2021 Toyota Highlander has a maximum cargo volume of 84.3 cubic-feet, with the first and second rows folded. All models come equipped with a 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, making 295 hp. Gas-only Highlanders still earn a decent estimated 21 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway.
But the Toyota Highlander is also offered as a hybrid model, which adds another SUV to the three-row list if you consider the hybrid Highlander a model all its own.
It comes with a slightly heightened starting price over its gas-only sibling, at around $38,410. But that extra cost earns you impressive fuel-efficiency, up to an estimated 36 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway.
The Toyota 4Runner is an off-road legend with room for the whole family
The 2021 Toyota 4Runner comes standard with two rows of seating for up to five passengers. But a third-row, for seating of up to seven, is optional on most trim levels, including base SR5, SR5 Premium, Limited, and Nightshade models.
Base SR5 models have a starting price of around $38,000, while higher-end models like the Nightshade Special Edition and TRD Pro start around $46,000 and $50,000, respectively.
According to Toyota, the 2021 4Runner offers up to 88.8 cubic-feet of cargo space in third-row models, but only 9 cubic-feet of cargo space in the rear when all three rows are upright.
The 4Runner earns an estimated 16 MPG in the city and 19 MPG on the highway and comes equipped with a 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine that makes 270 hp.
The Toyota Sequoia isn’t subtle
The 2021 Toyota Sequoia nears the high-end of the brand’s SUV lineup, with a starting price of around $50,000. The Sequoia comes standard with three-rows of seating for up to eight passengers, although a captain’s-seat second-row is also available for seating for up to seven.
It comes with a massive 120.1 cubic-feet of cargo space behind the first row, 66.6 cubic-feet behind the second row, and 18.9 cubic-feet of space behind the third-row (when all rows are upright).
According to U.S. News, the 2021 Toyota Sequoia is equipped with a 5.7-liter eight-cylinder engine that makes 381 hp, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. That power forces sacrifices with fuel-efficiency, with the Sequoia earning an estimated 13 MPG in the city and 17 MPG on the highway.
The Toyota Land Cruiser is a premium SUV
The Land Cruiser is Toyota’s most expensive three-row SUV, but it’s also impressive enough to be considered a luxury SUV. According to Toyota, the base level 2021 Land Cruiser comes with up to 82.8 cubic-feet of cargo space and 16.1 cubic-feet of space with all rows in-use.
While the base Land Cruiser comes standard with three rows and seating for up to eight, the upgraded Heritage Edition comes standard with only two rows.
The Land Cruiser has a starting price of around $85,000 and comes standard with a 5.7-liter eight-cylinder engine that makes 381 hp, earning it an estimated 13 MPG in the city and 17 MPG on the highway.