The best SUVs with 3rd-row seating can deliver a lot more capability than their crossover counterparts. That’s because today’s true sport-utility vehicles are still built on rugged steel frames, just like the models originally meant only for work.
Despite their old-school approach to chassis construction, the body-on-frame SUVs also provide a wide range of modern-day benefits. You can find choices with mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, massage-function front seats, digital rearview mirrors, LED lights, and even advanced driver-assistance measures. Some are available with digital rearview mirrors and automatic emergency braking that operates both in forward and reverse. And some of these SUVs with 3rd-row seating provide room for nine-passengers, while the biggest three-row crossovers only have room for eight.