Five Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicles With Third-Row Seating

January 3, 2015

Let’s just go ahead and say it: There’s a dearth of high-efficiency vehicles on the U.S. market that offer a third row of seating.

There are plenty of good hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric vehicles that could work well for families and still gas mileage (or MPGe, if you’re running on electrons) that would pass muster with the environmentalist in your house.

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The Toyota Prius V or Ford C-Max Hybrids both would make great family vehicles, as would the Ford Fusion Hybrid—and both top 40 mpg Combined. But once you throw in the third row as a requirement you move to a completely different competitive set.

There’s still no hybrid minivan on the market, no three-row model with ratings above 30 mpg Combined, and third-row vehicle with plug-in hybrid systems or electric powertrains.

Well...there’s one rather expensive exception. That’s the all-electric Tesla Model S, which starts at nearly $71,000 in its base form and does—if you count its two child-size, rear-facing jump seats—offer third-row seating.

It might actually work for some needs, as those who want a third-row seat often only want that capability for occasional across-town use, including an extra family member to dinner, or a couple extra kids from practice.

The Model S makes our list of most fuel-efficient vehicles with third-row seating, but if you call that a stretch and want to see some more affordable family contenders, you’ll definitely want to click through out list, of five of the most fuel-efficient vehicles with third-row seating.

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