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Old 06-09-2012, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Earth
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The wife wants to upgrade from driving a Honda CRV. I'm guessing a mini van is what she wants to step into unless they make SUV's with 3rd row seating.

So what vehicles have 3rd row seating that are good? And do any of them come with AWD or 4WD?
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:19 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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Tahoe/Suburban/Yukon/Escalade available with 4wd/awd
Nissan Armada
Dodge Durango
Ford Expediton

If you want to go used

Trailblazer EXT/GMC Envoy XL
Lincoln Navigator/Aviator
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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The Odyssey is FWD with traction control, but has a third row. The Sienna does offer an AWD option. If she has had good luck with the CR-V, the Pilot might be worth a look. The MDX also has a third row, but only seats 7 to the Pilot's 8. The Highlander and Sequoia also have third row seating. If she needs cargo room and the third row, I would look more to the Suburban or a minivan than the MDX, Pilot, etc.
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:26 AM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Might also want to consider:
Chevy Traverse
GMC Acadia
Buick Enclave
Saturn Outlook
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:28 AM
 
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Thanks for the input. Now out of the ones mentioned, which offer the best crash ratings and best gas mpg? I'm sure the Tahoe and the Durango are out. Our CRV gets 20/26. We would like to stay the same, if not get better mpg than, if possible.
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:09 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Gas mileage on the three I mentioned are 17/24 for FWD and 16/26 for AWD, so they fall out of what you want.

Crash ratings are four out of five stars in frontal and rollover crash tests and top scores of five out of five in side crash tests. Additionally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it an IIHS Top Safety Pick. This means it got top scores of “Good” in frontal offset, side impact, roof strength and rear crash tests and comes standard with electronic stability control.
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Old 06-10-2012, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Also consider a 2010 or newer Rav 4 V6 with a third row. However, the third row seats are better for kids than adults (small seats). Like some of the Subaru's, the Rav 4 incorporates air bags all around the passengers.
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I'd strongly consider the new Buick Enclave if you want a third row seating in a vehicle that gets decent gas mileage. I imagine the new ones get in the mid 20's which is pretty darn good in my book. The Suburban/Yukon XL are great vehicles with 4WD and a third row but don't expect anything higher than upper teens in one of those behemoths.
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:52 PM
 
Location: WA
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My son swears by the Traverse, my daughter thinks the Sienna is best. As a passenger I am most comfortable in the van.
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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My wife curerntly has a 2007 Dodge Durango 5.7 4x4. It sucks down gas but does great in the snow and can tow 7k lbs. The 3rd row if comfty and folds down flat. Just not much room behind the 3rd seat. You couldn't put a large stroller there.

We want a Yukon XL/Suburban next time around, due to the massive space BEHIND the 3rd row seat. You can actually take 6-7 people on a 5 day trip and their luggage in the back. Main negative with the Suburban/Tahoe/Yukon is the 3rd row doesn't fold down flat. GM needs to address in the next refresh, everyone else folds down flat.

If you want decent mileage in an AWD vehicle, you need to stick to a midsize SUV with a V6: Kia Sorento/Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Highlander, Dodge Journey, Chevy Traverse, Mazda CX-9, Subaru Tribeca, Dodge Durango V6, Ford Explorer and a few more.

The only mini-van with AWD is the Toyota Sienna. It's rated at 18/23, not too far from the 16/21 4X4 V8 Suburban/Tahoe.
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