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Best 3-Row SUVs Under $40,000

If you have a big family, you're going to need a vehicle that can accommodate them all -- adults, kids, and pets -- and all the accessories that come with them, from sports equipment to toys to coolers.

For this reason, many times families will turn to three-row SUVs as their family vehicle of choice. If you're in the market for one these, you'll be happy to know Cars.com recently came out with their picks for the best three-row SUVs for under $40,000.

They took a look at seven vehicles that all cost less than $40,000 and had at least 19 MPG combined. The big winner was the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, which had a combined score of 800.5 and high marks in categories such as interior quality, acceleration, braking, and mileage. Second place was awarded to the 2014 Dodge Durango, which scored the highest in tech/entertainment.

Additionally, researchers also looked at which car had the best overall mileage. Again top honors go to the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, with second place going to the 2014 Toyota Highlander.

If you're considering any of these vehicles, I recommend you use TrueCar No Haggle and CarsDirect to get the best deal possible on any of these vehicles.

Best Overall 3-Row SUV

RankVehicleScorePrice As TestedSeating Capacity
12014 Hyundai Santa Fe800.5$39,5406
22014 Dodge Durango781.5$39,9306
32014 Toyota Highlander744$38,9478
42014 Nissan Pathfinder AWD726$39,5157
52014 Mazda CX-9652$38,5157
62014 Honda Pilot AWD648.5$39,6008
72014 Chevrolet Traverse625$38,8107

Best Mileage

VehicleTrip Computer MPGEPA City/Hwy/Combined
2014 Hyundai Santa Fe22.518/25/21
2014 Toyota Highlander22.319/25/21
2014 Dodge Durango21.718/25/20
2014 Nissan Pathfinder AWD21.719/25/21
2014 Honda Pilot AWD19.417/24/20
2014 Chevrolet Traverse19.117/2/19
2014 Mazda CX-919.117/24/19

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Gregg Fidan Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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