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Old 04-30-2013, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Prosper
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If you solely want an SUV, then I'd second the Acura MDX. If it doesn't have to be an SUV, then there are several minivans that would fit the bill, the Pilot is probably the best one (it's certainly the most common among my friends with children.)
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:04 PM
 
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I don't believe the X5 or Toureg have a 3rd row.

You are correct, VW Tuareg does not have a 3rd row. However BMW X5 does offer one which is for kids.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:06 PM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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X5 has an optional third row, which is essentially a joke, even for kids. I was in the market and saw it first hand and didn't bother test driving it,
Hmm. Who knew. Learn something new every day.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:41 PM
 
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Also, when you say the "best" SUV, if money is not the limit, then I'll say the "best SUV" is a loaded 2013 GL550.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:47 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Also, when you say the "best" SUV, if money is not the limit, then I'll say the "best SUV" is a loaded 2013 GL550.
True, but that definitely breaks the bank for me. It's nice to dream though. lol.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:49 PM
 
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We have loved our 2005 4WD V6 Toyota Highlander with the 3rd row seats..I don't want to sell it even though my kids are grown I plan to look at the new ones soon..

Its decent on gas

Has good cargo and is handy at the local home improvement store with all the back seats laying flat .

It is fun to drive..

The pop up 3rd seat if fine for kids, or small adults for a short trip..I have sat back there
and did fine but I have short legs..
Ours tows a 16 ft skiff and does fine in snow with the 4WD.
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:21 PM
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X5 has an optional third row, which is essentially a joke, even for kids. I was in the market and saw it first hand and didn't bother test driving it,
Someone can correct me if I am wrong but on the X5 with the 3rd row option, I believe you lose the spare tire. I guess the logic behind it was that since X5 runs on run flats... the spare tire may not be necessary.
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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If you solely want an SUV, then I'd second the Acura MDX. If it doesn't have to be an SUV, then there are several minivans that would fit the bill, the Pilot is probably the best one (it's certainly the most common among my friends with children.)
The Pilot is not a minivan. Perhaps you meant the Odyssey.

For hauling kids, especially young children, there is nothing better than a minivan with power sliding doors. Easiest entry/exit, best 3rd seat, and usually slightly better MPG. Any of the full size SUVs with rear wheel drive have high floors in the rear because of the axle and are not great places for adults.
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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I don't believe the X5 or Toureg have a 3rd row.
The X5 does offer a third row but the Touareg does not.
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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I agree with the poster who recommended an AWD minivan if you really don't need an SUV. I have a 2006 Saturn Relay 3 AWD and it is very versatile and consisitently gets in the low 20s on the highway (my best is 24 including 30-35% of mountain travel).
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