What Is The Best Luxury SUV With Third-Row Seating?

If you are shopping for a new car, you might be asking, "What is the best three-row luxury SUV?" If so, you're in luck because the 2021 Volvo XC90 luxury SUV is available at Volvo Cars Tampa. When shopping for the best luxury SUV with third-row seating, don't miss the new Volvo XC90.

Volvo XC90 Interior Picture

Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 is a front-wheel-drive SUV with seating for up to seven passengers across three rows. For 2021, it is available in three trims: Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription, and it comes standard with a 12.3" digital driver display. Under the hood is a direct-injected turbocharged engine that produces a spirited 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Drivers who choose to take home this premium SUV will also enjoy up to 30 MPG* of EPA-estimated fuel economy, all for a starting MSRP of $49,000.1

Infiniti QX80 Interior Picture

Infiniti QX80

The new Infiniti QX80 offers seating for seven passengers and up to 95.1 cubic feet of cargo space. The 2021 Infiniti QX80 arrives in three configurations: Luxe, Premium Select, and Sensory. When comparing new three-row luxury SUVs, the Infiniti QX80 produces 400 horsepower and an EPA-estimated 14/20 MPG* (city/highway) from the V8 engine. This new seven-seat SUV has a starting MSRP of $69,150.1 If you plan to trailer a second vehicle, watercraft, or weekend toys on your next getaway, the QX80 can be equipped to tow up to 8,500-pounds.

Cadillac Escalade Interior Picture

Cadillac Escalade

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is a full-size luxury SUV with three rows of seating. It produces horsepower numbers that range from 277 to 420 depending on the trim model configuration and offers up to 109.1 cubic feet of cargo space. Drivers can expect to have up to 8,200 pounds of max towing capacity on 2WD models when properly equipped. When it comes to fuel economy, the new Escalade produces an EPA-estimated 21/27 MPG* (city/highway). The 2021 Escalade arrives in a choice of body styles to choose from: Escalade and Escalade ESV.

Land Rover Discovery Interior Picture

Land Rover Discovery

The new Land Rover Discovery is a seven-seat family SUV with three rows. The towing capacity ranges between 6,613 and 8,200 pounds depending on equipment and configuration. The new Discovery has a starting MSRP of $53,9001 and offers up to 104.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Owners of this new Land Rover SUV can expect an EPA-estimated 17/23 MPG* (city/highway). For 2021, popular configurations include the P300 S, P300 S R-Dynamic, and P360 S R-Dynamic.

Acura MDX Interior Picture

Acura MDX

The new MDX from Acura is a luxury SUV for sale that offers ample seating for up to six passengers across three spacious rows. The model lineup has a starting MSRP of $44,5001 and offers a cargo capacity of 90.9 cubic feet. When it comes to EPA-estimated fuel economy, the new Acura MDX delivers 19/26 MPG* (city/highway) to its owners. 2020 Acura MDX trim configurations include the Base, Technology Package, and the Technology and Entertainment Package.

Lincoln Navigator Interior Picture

Lincoln Navigator

The 2021 Lincoln Navigator is a new luxury SUV for sale that offers seating for seven or eight across three rows of seating depending upon equipment. The model lineup has a starting MSRP of $76,1851. For 2021, Navigator buyers can choose between the following trim configurations: Standard, Reserve, Reserve L, and Black Label. Occupants can load gear and equipment in up to 103.4 cubic feet of cargo room. EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers for this full-size SUV are 16/22 MPG* (city/highway), and the max horsepower rating is 450.

Audi Q7 Interior Picture

Audi Q7

The new Mercedes GLS luxury SUV has a starting MSRP of $76,0001 and offers comfortable seating for seven people across its three rows. The 2021 GLS has such popular configurations as GLS 450 and GLS 580. When considering your cargo needs, the new GLS SUV offers you and your passengers up to 84.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Fuel economy numbers are an EPA-estimated 20/24 (city/highway) MPG.* A six-seat option is also available with second-row captain's chairs.

Mercedes GLS Interior Picture

Mercedes GLS

The Volvo XC90 is a front-wheel-drive SUV with seating for up to seven passengers across three rows. For 2021, it is available in three trims: Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription, and it comes standard with a 12.3" digital driver display. Under the hood is a direct-injected turbocharged engine that produces a spirited 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Drivers who choose to take home this premium SUV will also enjoy up to 30 MPG* of EPA-estimated fuel economy, all for a starting MSRP of $49,000.1

Lexus GX 460 Interior Picture

Lexus GX 460

The 2021 Lexus GX 460 seats up to seven passengers, offers three rows of seating, and has a starting MSRP of $53,450.1 The estimated cargo room on this luxury SUV is up to 64.7 cubic feet, and the EPA-estimated fuel economy is 15/19 MPG* (city/highway). The Lexus GX 460 has a standard towing capacity of up to 6,500 pounds from a 4.6-liter V8 engine that produces 301 horsepower. For 2021, three styles are available: GX 460, GX 460 Premium, and GX 460 Luxury.

 Ford Expedition Interior Picture

Ford Expedition

The 2021 Ford Expedition is a three-row sport utility vehicle with seating for up to seven occupants. The lineup has a starting MSRP of $49,0251 and offers up to 104.6 cubic feet of cargo space. When it comes to gas mileage, drivers can expect an EPA-estimated 17/23 MPG* (city/highway) from the new Ford Expedition. Depending on the trim model and equipment, the Expedition can tow up to 5,900 to 6,000 pounds. The 2021 trim model lineup includes five configurations: XL, XLT, Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum.

The exciting new 2021 Volvo XC90 is vying for the title of best three-row luxury SUV thanks to her direct-injected turbocharged engine that produces 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. To experience this level of performance and luxury for yourself, book your test drive and tour with our team today.

To take home the best luxury SUV with a third row, get in touch with our dealership to ask about Volvo XC90 lease deals happening now. The team at Volvo Cars Tampa is eager to help you find the new three-row SUV with seven-passenger seating you and your family will love.

Benefits of Luxury SUVs With a Third Row

When shopping for your next luxury SUV, you might be weighing the pros and cons of third-row seating. For many drivers, the third row of seating is unnecessary, but for families with two or more kids, having a third row can be essential. Chances are if you're searching the internet for the best three-row luxury SUV, it's because you need the passenger room and cargo space a luxury SUV provides.

To help you with your new car search, let's look at some common questions drivers have when shopping for the best three-row luxury SUV to meet their needs:

  • Can car seats fit in the third row?
  • Can adults fit in the third row?
  • Does the third row have climate control?
  • Does the third row have collapsible headrests?

When you climb into a new 2021 Volvo XC90, you'll be glad to know that this vehicle features the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) safety system for car seats in the second row and outboard seats. The rear center seat, however, does not have ISOFIX/LATCH lower tether anchors, and you should consult the installation instructions from your child seat manufacturer on how to safely secure the child seat in the third row.

Another reason why the new Volvo XC90 should be at the top of any list of best three-row luxury SUV models is the Volvo XC90 offers comfortable seating for adults across all three rows. When you're loading up for your next family road trip, any adult in the backseat will have plenty of legroom, shoulder room, and headroom.

3rd-Row Headroom: 36.3 in.
3rd-Row Shoulder Room: 46.9 in.
3rd-Row Legroom: 31.9 in.
3rd-Row Hip Room: 44.9 in.

Another way the 2021 Volvo XC90 looks out for the comfort of occupants in the rear seat is with a third-row climate control system. The third-row air conditioning will automatically turn on as soon as anyone in the third row fastens a seatbelt.

During your tour of the new Volvo XC90, be sure to have a seat in the third row and see how it feels. You can adjust the collapsible headrests to your desired level, set the climate control, and experience what your passengers will experience to ensure it meets your standards. When the third-row headrests are not in use, they can be collapsed to avoid blocking the driver's view out the rear window.

Which luxury SUV has the most cargo space?

When shopping for the best three-row luxury SUV, passenger room and cargo space are likely at the top of your list of priorities. When looking for cargo space, it's often a balance of finding a vehicle that isn't too big for your needs, unwieldy to drive, and tough to park while still giving you the room you need. When comparing cargo space among luxury SUVs with a third row, the Volvo XC90 delivers 85.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than the Lexus GX460, Audi Q7, Land Rover Discovery, and the Mercedes GLS.

Which three-row luxury SUV has the best gas mileage?

When it comes to the best three-row luxury SUV with the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy, the Volvo XC90 wins out. This seven-passenger SUV with three rows produces an EPA-estimated 21/30 MPG* (city/highway). That's better fuel economy than any of these models: Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes GLS, Acura MDX, Audi Q7, Land Rover Discovery, Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, Lexus GX 460, and the Infiniti QX80. When you want to spend more time driving and less time stopping for gas, climb into the new Volvo XC90.

What is the trunk capacity of the Volvo XC90 SUV?

The Volvo XC90 has a trunk capacity of 85.7 cubic feet of cargo space. When it comes to the standard cargo room, the Volvo XC90 outperforms the Lexus GX460, Audi Q7, Land Rover Discovery, and the Mercedes GLS. If you are early in your research and trying to decide on the best luxury SUV with a third row, opt for the vehicle that gives you better cargo space and EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers than other vehicles in her class. Find yours today at our local Volvo Cars dealership.

Luxury SUVs With a 3rd Row MSRP Seating Cargo Space MPG
Volvo XC90 $49,000 6-7 85.7 ft³ 21 cty / 30 hwy
Cadillac Escalade $76,195 7 109.1 ft³ 21 cty / 27 hwy
Mercedes GLS $76,000 7 84.7 ft³ 20 cty / 24 hwy
Acura MDX $44,500 6 90.9 ft³ 19 cty / 26 hwy
Audi Q7 $54,950 7 69.6 ft³ 19 cty / 23 hwy
Land Rover Discovery $53,900 7 74.3 ft³ 19 cty / 22 hwy
Ford Expedition $49,025 7 104.6 ft³ 17 cty / 23 hwy
Lincoln Navigator $76,185 7 103.4 ft³ 16 cty / 22 hwy
Lexus GX 460 $53,450 7 64.7 ft³ 15 cty / 19 hwy
INFINITI QX80 $69,150 7 95.1 ft³ 14 cty 20 hwy

1Price is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excluding destination charge, tax, title, license and options. Dealer sets actual price.


*2021 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.

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