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Worst Three-Row Vehicles of 2017: Consumer Reports

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Worst Three-Row Vehicles of 2017: Consumer Reports

Not all three-row vehicles are comfortable.

Consumer Reports has released its list of the worst three-row vehicles available this year, based on seat comfort and ease of access to the third-row seat. That means other considerations weren’t factored in, such as test performance and reliability.

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But if you’re in the market for a three-row vehicle and seat comfort along with ease of access are priorities, you may want to avoid these vehicles.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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Priced from $66,645 including destination, the Range Rover Sport from Land Rover can be purchased with either a 3.0-liter V6 engine with 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque or a 3.0-liter diesel engine with 254 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. The standard gasoline engine returns 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway for a 19-mpg combined rating, while the diesel is rated at 22-mpg city and 28-mpg highway for a 25-mpg combined rating.


Kia Sorento

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With seating for up to seven, the Kia Sorento is an affordable option starting from $26,495. There’s also a plethora of engines to choose from, with the standard model offering a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 185 hp. There’s also a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 240 hp and at the top of the range is a 3.3-liter V6 with 290 hp. Fuel economy ranges depending on the powerplant, but the base engine returns 21 mpg in the and 28 mpg on the highway for 24-mpg combined.


Volvo XC90

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There’s a lot to like about the Volvo XC90, but it’s not exactly the easiest to get into or the most comfortable for the third-row passengers, according to Consumer Reports. The luxury SUV starts from $53,245 if you plan on seating seven, which means opting for the T6 AWD model. That does net a 316-hp and 295 lb-ft of torque gasoline engine that returns up to 25 mpg on the highway.


Dodge Journey

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It may be plenty affordable with a $22,240 starting price, but the Dodge Journey isn’t ideal to actually go on a journey in for third-row passengers. There is, however, the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine under the hood with 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, although it comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 173 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque. Folding the rear seats gets you up to 67.6 cubic feet of cargo space.


BMW X5

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It’s one of the most popular luxury SUVs on the market, but Consumer Reports doesn’t recommend it when it comes to ease of access and comfort for third-row passengers. The standard model is the BMW X5 sDrive35i powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbocharged engine with 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. Priced from $56,495, the BMW X5 has a wide range of options and powertrains available that could push that ticket price well over $70,000.


Hyundai Santa Fe

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The seven-seater Hyundai Santa Fe starts from $31,695 with a maximum of 80 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the front seats. Under the hood is a 3.3-liter V6 providing 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe returns a respectable 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.


Audi Q7

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Another luxury SUV on the list, the Audi Q7 starts from $49,950 and that includes a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Maximum cargo volume is 71.6 cubic feet, but you’ll have to sacrifice the seating for seven. The other engine option is a 3.0-liter supercharged six-cylinder engine with 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque and that demands a $6,500 premium.