Affordability is the issue. There's no dearth of vehicles offering a handy third row and seating for six, seven, or eight. But once you start shopping for a vehicle with third-row seating, you may find yourself cross-shopping mid-size or larger crossovers—models like the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder, or Chevrolet Traverse, where the price of entry begins, in most instances, above the $30k mark.
Those models are all worth considering as late-model used vehicles; but if you want a brand-new vehicle with a third row good for carrying an extra two or three kids from practice, or making room for the in-laws on the way to dinner, there are a number of options well below that price range. And not all of them involve cutting corners on comfort, performance, or safety.
Click to the next page to see six of the lowest-priced 2015-model-year crossovers and vans offering three rows of seating.