Top 10 Safest Three-Row Crossovers Under $40,000 picks the 10 safest three-row crossovers for under $40,000.

By Trevor Dorchies | November 20, 2012
    • Like what rock and roll did to disco, it's safe to say that the SUV—and its evolutionary forward step, the crossover—buried the minivan six-feet underground and hasn't looked back since. Look around your neighborhood; you're bound to see at least two SUVs on your street parked in driveways. Even with gas prices hovering around $5 in some parts of the country, the SUV and crossovers continue to serve families who need the extra seats on a daily basis. Many families are looking for a family hauler that looks good but more importantly, has a track record of being safe. So, to help those who are currently in the market for a safe and affordable crossover, we assembled a list of the top 10 safest three-row crossovers under $40,000.
    • 2013 Buick Enclave

      Like the two aforementioned models, the 2013 Buick Enclave is loaded with safety features, three rows of seats, and can be yours for just under $40,000. Originally launched in 2007 as a 2008 model, the Buick Enclave can be more

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      2013 Chevrolet Traverse

      It's considered to be a sleeper in the crossover segment because it's not terribly flashy despite its popularity, but that's not to say that the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse should be overlooked when it comes to keeping your family more

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      2013 Dodge Durango

      Ever a stalwart, the Dodge Durango has been hanging around since its introduction back in 1998 as a 1999 model. The Durango was originally created to fill the hole left by the Ramcharger, which was discontinued back in 1993. The rest is history. When Chrysler first unleashed the Durango into the U.S. market, more

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      2013 Dodge Journey

      The Dodge Journey has been quietly gaining fans after a somewhat lackluster introduction in 2008. A mid-cycle refresh significantly upgraded the interior, exterior, and drivetrain, and the Journey's sales have gained as well. There's a lot to like here, too. The optional third row expands the Journey' more

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      2013 Ford Explorer

      Of all the vehicles on our list, the 2013 Ford Explorer has been around the longest, continuously in production for over 23 years. Only the Dodge Durango can hold a candle to that, as it has been around for 14 years. The 2013 Ford more

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      2013 Ford Flex

      Ford's second entrant in our list is a cult favorite, meaning that it quietly has collected a legion of fans while the mainstream consumer just thinks it's a funky looking box on wheels. For a starting price of $30,885, you too can become part of this secret Ford Flex club. Not only does it bring you more

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      2012 GMC Acadia

      A platform mate for the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, the GMC Acadia shares similar safety features as its counterparts but offers some added refinement, too. The Acadia, Traverse, and Enclave all share General Motors' "Lambda" unibody construction, which lowers the big crossovers' center of more

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      2013 Honda Pilot

      Launched in 2002 as a 2003 model, Honda's large crossover offers an array of safety features starting at $29,420. Standard safety features in the Honda Pilot include ABS, emergency braking assist, child locks on the rear doors, an more

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      2013 Mazda CX-9

      The 2012 Mazda CX-9 lands on our list starting at $29,725. You may not know it unless you drive one, but the Mazda CX-9 is undoubtedly one of the most fun full-size SUVs to drive currently on the market. The 2007 Mazda CX-9 started it all with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine sourced from Ford. When tuned for the CX-9, more

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      2013 Toyota Highlander

      Toyota's lone entrant to the list, the Highlander, can hold seven passengers while getting 25 mpg on the highway. The 2013 2013 Toyota Highlander offers standard safety features like driver and front passenger airbags, more

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