This Isn’t Your Momma’s Station Wagon
Remember when you were young and your mom or dad said, “Come on, kids; let’s go,” and you all piled into the back of your station wagon — sans seatbelts and safety — and headed out on the open road? Well, ma’am, those times have come and gone, but the need for space and versatility without losing your sense of style is still very much a must for us women.
That’s where a full size luxury SUV comes into play: You can cruise around town while looking fly but also know that you are going to fit those lamps and pillows that you just have to have from Target in the back of your SUV. Below, you will find 10 of the best 3 row SUVs that will haul your girls on a night out or your kids’ basketball team (well, half of them, anyway!).
1) Lincoln Navigator
When you think Lincoln, you should have no problems thinking luxury as a descriptor. The Navigator is at the top of this list. With a starting price of $76,705, you can expect all the goodies to come with this SUV. Between using your phone as the key and massaging front seats, you really can’t go wrong.
The Navigator has you covered whether you are just on a mission to the grocery, or heading to the lake for the weekend. This model comes equipped with a 8,700 lbs tow capacity with the ability to upgrade to heavy duty. This 3rd row SUV has enough space for actual people in the back, while giving you the option to customize captain, bench, or captain with center console for your second row.
THINGS WE LOVED
- Lincoln Connect with 10 inch center touch screen
- Lane Keep System
- Revel Ultimate Audio System
- Wireless charging/power ports
- Auto Hold allows you to take your foot off the brake and the car remain still. Even works on hills!
- Lincoln Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) that connects with your own devices
2) 2021 Cadillac Escalade
Listen, I don’t know about you, but sometimes I dream about being J-Lo. Who doesn’t want to have a killer body and get back with your ex because he realized the mistakes he made and couldn’t live without you? Oh, just me…okay then…moving on.
Back to this beauty. You know what sold me on this…it comes with a console refrigerator/freezer. If that doesn’t say “buy me now,” I don’t know what does. Between the 36 speaker sound system and the Hands Free Super Cruise, the Escalade is just begging to be your best friend. This model starts out at $76,195.
THINGS WE LOVED
- 12.6 inch Rear Seat Entertainment screen
- Night Vision to help you see any unforeseen thing in the road
- Center Console Refrigerator/Freeze can hold up to 6 24 oz bottles
- 8,200 lbs tow capacity
- Ultra View Sunroof allows you to see all the way around, driver included
- Captains chairs in 2nd row, bench seat for 3rd
- 121 cubic ft of cargo space
3) 2021 INFINITI QX80
We’ve all heard the saying “you can’t put a price on safety.” Well… I’m here to tell you, you can. And that prices starts out at $69,150. The 2021 INFINITI QX80 has so many safety features, you will find yourself wanting to find all the ways to use them (safely, of course). We know that, no matter how hard we try, a car full of humans, big or little, can be a distraction. INFINITI has made sure to cover all of the bases to keep you as safe as possible. Knowing all of these features have your back can help make even the most hectic trip feel at ease. You should know that the 2022 is getting a major redesign with all the cutting edge bells and whistles. So if that interests you, hold off until you see the new release.
THINGS WE LOVE
- Noise insulating glass too keep that outside noise, outside
- Dual Climate Control for front and 2nd row seats
- Apple CarPlay compatible
- WIFI Hotspot can accommodate up to 7 devices at once
- 17 Bose speakers
- Dual built in 8 inch headrest screens
- 3rd row power reclining seats
4) 2o21 Mercedes Benz GLS
Mercedes Benz. You hear the name, and you just know it’s going to be fancy. The GLS is no exception. With a starting price of $84,975, you know that you are getting the creme de la creme of luxury SUVs. Now, don’t get me wrong — you can upgrade this baby to an AMG GLS, but you will be looking at a price tag starting at $132,100 for the base model; one look at everything the GLS has to offer, and it does not disappoint for a much slimmer price tag. The GLS is a 3rd row SUV but it only seats 6 passengers; 2 front seats, 2 captain seats, and a bench seat for 2 people. Have no fear though, that 3rd row has heated seats, so you won’t be cold all the way back there!
THINGS WE LOVE
- Wide screen display that is touch and/or voice command
- Massaging Seats
- Heated Arm Rests
- 7,700 lbs tow capacity
- Mercedes Me App
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5) 2022 Acura MDX
You know when you go into Ulta and you manage to find the most perfect foundation and you are certain it will cost you an arm and a leg but when you get to the counter its far less expensive than you imagined? Yup, thats the 2022 Acura MDX. This beauty has all the luxury and function of its more expensive counterparts, but it’s way easier on your bank account. Acura actually took a lot of cues from the Honda Odyssey minivan to make this both luxurious and family friendly This 2022 has a starting price of $47,200. Not only does the MDX seat 7 people, but you can still fit a stroller in the back seat, even with all of the rows up. The Acura MDX features Acura Watch; 7 safety features that enhance your driver awareness and help prevent accidents. So to break this down: affordable, roomy, techy, and safe… sounds like a win-win if you ask me.
THINGS WE LOVE
- Choose from 5 driving modes with the touch of your hand: Sport/Snow/Comfort/Natural/Individual
- 95 cubic ft of cargo space
- Built in Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa
- 16 Speakers
- WIFI & Wireless Charging
- 12.3 Inch Center Display (the biggest out of all the displays on the Acura brand)
6) 2021 GMC Yukon Denali
Luxury doesnt always have to come from known luxury brands. The 2021 GMC Yukon Denali is here to show you something a little different. Voted Four Wheelers 2021 SUV of the Year, this unsuspecting SUV starts out at $51,000. The Denali features their Exclusive Interior Design what will make you feel fancy and free each time you step in. The standard heating steering wheel will make you happy you made this choice during those cold winter months, while the panoramic sunroof will let you enjoy the beautiful outdoors. The 9 speaker Bose audio system comes standard with the ability to upgrade to 14 speakers. If you are like me, I spend a lot of time on road trips — bring on the music!
Speaking of road trips, the Yukon Denali allows for 8,400 lbs max towing. You can take your camper or your boat, anywhere you want to go. This 3 row SUV has 66% more cargo room behind the 3rd row and and additional 10 inches in leg room for the 3rd row passengers than the previous models. The Denali can seat up to 8 passengers if you choose bench seats for both the 2nd and 3rd row. You also have captain chairs or buckets seats as options for your 2nd row, which would then make the capacity 7 passengers.
THINGS WE LOVE
- 10.2 screen equipped with GMC Infotainment System
- WIFI equipped
- Apple CarPlay/Android Auto/ Alexa standard
- 12.6 inch dual Rear Seat Media with touchscreen
- 5 Standard Safety Features: Front and Rear Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Teen Drive System, Rear Cross Traffic Alert
7) Telsa Model X
This list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t include a Tesla. The ultimate in luxury and style, the Tesla Model X starts out at $103,490. You can configure this model to seat up to 7 people with a bench seat for the 2nd row and 2 seats in the 3rd row. Personally, the coolest thing about this car isn’t that you can literally summon your vehicle and it will come to you (although, this is VERY cool), it’s the Falcon Wing Doors for me.
While we don’t recommend the autonomous driving feature of this car just yet, you can still find a lot of joy driving around in a glorified space ship on wheels. With a full charge, you can go 360 miles (if you are a visual person, thats San Jose to LA), and the Trip Planner will tell you where the nearest charging stations are located. Don’t think that just because this is an electric car, you wont be able to tow things; the Tesla Model X comes with a 5,000 lb towing capacity!
THINGS WE LOVE
- 17 inch cinematic display on the front dash
- Tri Zone Temp Control means each row can control the temp in the car
- Built in Trip Planner helps to calculate routes and find nearest charging stations
- 22 Built in Speakers
- Wireless Gaming System available
- Wireless Charging for several devices at once.
- 91 cubic ft of storage
8) BMW X7
BMW. A legendary brand that every 16 year old dreams as their first car. The BMW X7 now allows us grown women have the car we dreamed of while also being able to haul our precious cargo — whether that be children or dogs — is totally up to you. The X7 comes standard as a 7 passenger set up with 2nd and 3rd row bench seats. You can upgrade to all electric captain seats for the 2nd row, but that will take your capacity to 6. Heck, with the available ventilated and massaging front seats available, you might not want anyone to ride with you — you can just take a drive and enjoy all that the X7 has to offer.
Another dream.. a personal assistant! While this one can’t fetch you a Starbucks, you can say, “Hey BMW,” and it will give you the answers you seek. While a glass panoramic sunroof is standard, you can opt for an Panoramic Sky Lounge with a color changing LED roof. Um, yes please.
THINGS WE LOVE
- 12.3 Infotainment system
- Standard BMW Live Cockpit Professional
- 7500 lbs towing capability. The tow hitch is an additional add on
- Standard Safety: Active Blind Spot Detection, Front Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Parking Assistance Package, and Back Up Assistance
9) Lexus LX570
The name is in the title “Lexus LX – Luxury SUV,” and let me say… it does not disappoint. The 12.3 inch panoramic view monitor with Hi-Res camera makes parking a breeze. Both the front and rear camera have a wide angle so you can see everything. Not only can you see everything in this 8 passenger version of the LX570, but you can hear everything too with the available 19 speaker Mark Levinson Audio system. The Alexa-compatible info system and Lexus app make this car a tech dream. With heated and ventilated seats, you can cruise through all climates to your heart’s content.
THINGS WE LOVE
- Power Folding 50/50 3rd Row Split Seats
- Color Heads up Display
- 7000 lbs tow capacity
- Dual Rear Seat Entertainment Screens
10) 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
Let me tell you, when I decided to start researching these vehicles, and this one came across my desk, I didn’t anticipate being over the moon about this Jeep. To say that I am completely blown away by the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer would be the understatement of the day. Yes, the price tag is steep ($87,59) but if you are going to spend the money… This is the biggest bang for your buck if I’ve ever seen one.
With 120 standard and available safety and security features, not only will you look like a beautiful Boss Babe, your vehicle will actually be one. 75 total inches of display between the infotainment system, the Rear Dual screens, the front and back climate control screens — everyone has a screen to touch. The rearview mirror has an Interior Rear Monitoring Camera so that you can see all of your precious cargo without having to turn around.
Safety aside, the aesthetics are remarkable. Keeping with tradition, the interior is a mix of American Walnut and mixed metal. There is ambient lighting, a tri-pane panoramic roof, and colored tinted windows that just add to the ambiance. The 8 passenger capacity consists of 2nd and 3rd row bench seats with the 2nd row having a fold down center console. The 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer introduces the McIntosh Entertainment system, which consists of 23 speakers and powers the music and entertainment available on the multiple screens available. I’m not entirely sure you will want to get out of this driver seats once you are in it.
THINGS WE LOVE
- 4 Zone Climate Control
- Power Folding 3rd Row
- 9,850 lbs tow capacity
- Wireless charging