Because of their comparatively low cost and tiny thirst, and a adequate space they means singles, couples, and dull nesters, compress crossovers get tip billing in a SUV sales show.
But that doesn’t meant a bigger, thirstier, and some-more dear three-row SUVs aren’t critical ancillary actors in a crossover strike that is eating sedans for lunch.
These plenty vehicles are critical since their 3 rows accommodate 7 or 8 passengers, and that’s catnip to what Subaru product formulation manager Peter Tenn called “the child-raising generation.” Indeed, Tenn told me Subaru had to build a new, three-row Ascent SUV, that arrives in a showrooms subsequent month, to hindrance a exodus of business in need of some-more room.
Let’s take a discerning demeanour during a party of new, three-row SUVs, including a newly minted Ascent and Volkswagen Atlas, as good as 2018 redesigns of a Chevrolet Traverse and Lincoln Navigator.
Chevrolet Traverse ($29,930). This redesigned Traverse is a comely critter that’s lighter, easier on gas, peppier, and roomier than a predecessor.
While it has grown dimensionally (notably a two-inch wheelbase stretch), a new indication is about 350 pounds lighter than a prior Traverse. The weight loss, joined with a nine-speed automatic’s gearing and an modernized stop/start system, means a fuel-economy alleviation of 3 mpg on a V-6 model, notwithstanding an 8 percent strike in energy — to 310 horsepower. The front and all-wheel-drive V-6 models obtain fuel economy numbers of 18 and 27.
The large Traverse can get out of a possess way. The V-6 gets from 0 to 60 in a closeness of 7 seconds, with a assistance of a well-spoken and wilful nine-speed gearbox. Handling was improved, though not during a responsibility of a Traverse’s substantial float comfort.
Inside a new Traverse, one finds abounding space, including room to lift four-by-eight sheets of plywood. Compared with a other vehicles discussed here, however, a third quarrel was not as adult-friendly.
Lincoln Navigator ($72,055). This is a critical oppulance SUV (the top-of-the-line Black Label indication we tested started during $93,705). It is also a car that has taken a quantum jump past a predecessor.
While I’m not sole on a extraneous design’s unsure matrimony of dull front and bony derriere, a interior is dynamite, a pattern practice as beautiful as it is strange and distinctive. The workmanship is flawless, and a leather, wood, and suede elements secrete richness.
Predictably, a Navigator is fraudulent for wordless running, and a comfort turn is teamed with startling performance. It is remarkably enterprising for a car that weighs in during 3 tons, interjection to a good offices of a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 that develops 450 horsepower and a whopping 510 pounds/feet of torque. There’s also a seamless, 10-speed involuntary in a present basket, as good as good doing and braking.
The EPA fuel-economy guess is a forgettable 16 city, 21 highway.
Volkwagen Atlas ($30,750). The Atlas (which we reviewed recently) is a large man by VW standards, with a third quarrel that will accommodate many adults.
The Atlas’s attributes also embody good float quality, efficient cornering, accurate steering, and plenty braking. There’s also a well-developed new six-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.
Subaru Ascent ($31,995). Also recently reviewed, this largest Subaru ever gets good grades in all from roominess and float comfort to sound abatement, handling, and acceleration.
The Ascent is plenty business. It provides adult to 85.5 cubic feet of storage and a second quarrel of seats that can be practiced to accommodate adults in a second and third rows.
Ascent proclivity is pleasantness of a new, 260-horse, 2.4-liter turbo. EPA ratings are 21 city, 27 highway.