Used Third-Row Seat SUVs With The Best Fuel Economy According To Consumer Reports

Third-row seat SUVs are great for large families, traveling with big groups of people, or just having the extra needed space. They are great on the road and off, but they aren’t known for having great fuel economy. That doesn’t always have to be the case though, and according to Consumer Reports there are some used third-row SUVs that do get some impressive gas mileage.

2015 Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander is a reliable SUV that Consumer Reports claim has the potential to make it 200,000 miles or more without needing any extensive repairs. It makes the top of the list for offering an average of 25mph between city driving and the highway, which is pretty impressive for such a large, heavy vehicle.

You can buy a 2015 model year used for about $25,000 or less, making them an affordable purchase, as well as an affordable SUV to drive and maintain.

Toyota Highlander
Toyota Highlander | Toyota

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2015 BMW X5

The BMW X5 might be one of the more complained about SUVs in the BMW lineup, but it still has one great thing to offer: decent gas mileage. It’s a luxury SUV with 300hp that’s actually pretty fun to drive for how large it is. It offers as much as 21mpg averaged between highway fuel economy and city driving.

Even better, you can buy one on the used car market for as low as $20,000 or as much as $40,000 in like-new condition. On the higher side of price, the X5 isn’t the most affordable used option, but if you want luxury and good gas mileage in a third-row seating SUV, you don’t have a lot of options.

BMW X5 is displayed during the second press day at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show
The BMW X5 | Robert Hradil

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2016 Acura MDX

The newer model years of the MDX lack many options for owners, but they are good on gas mileage but doesn’t rate well for much else. The 2016 model year boasts as much of an average as 21mpg, but it had lower owner satisfaction ratings than previous years that had a slightly less 20mpg fuel economy.

Problems aside, you can buy the MDX for a bargain, finding some in good condition for between $21,100 and $24,975. As the new 2021 model years begin to release it is likely that these prices will drop even lower over the next few months.

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD | Neilson Barnard

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Buying a used third-row seating SUV can be a more cost-efficient way to buy a new-to-you vehicle. When you buy a used car, you have to worry less about the car’s depreciation, and typically any major recalls or reliability issues have already made themselves known or have been repaired. According to Consumer Reports, these third-row seat SUVs excel in the second biggest cost area of fuel economy, and they have the most to offer for each gallon.