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AutomotiveMap Picks: Best Two-Row SUVs for Families

The Volvo XC60 is one of the cars AutomotiveMap's team thinks makes a great two-row SUV for families.

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Familes, singletons, or empty nesters who want a high-riding vehicle but don't need seating for up to nine frequently see a two-row SUV as a good choice. These types of SUVs comes in all shapes and sizes. Some emphasize comfort and posh amenities over fuel efficiency and cargo space. Others are the opposite. They come in a wide variety of price points from sub-$20,000 to well over $80,000.

Though they often get trolled for all looking alike, there are a whole host of differences that help many of them stand out from the crowd - for the right or wrong reasons. AutomotiveMap's team has whittled down the long list to highlight their favorites below.

​2020 Mazda CX-30

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Harvey Briggs: This one's for the drivers out there who have to bring the rest of the family with them sometimes. I love Mazda's Kodo design language in the 2020 Mazda CX-30 and this CUV has the legroom its little brother the CX-3 doesn't.

2020 Jeep Renegade

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Jesus Garcia: Its boxy exterior design offers a cathedral of interior space while staying true to its off-road pedigree. The 2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk's capability off-road will surprise even the most die-hard muddin' enthusiasts.

2020 Toyota RAV4

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Perry Stern, AutoNXT: One of the bestselling vehicles in America, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 delivers with impressive fuel economy, a spacious and comfortable interior, good off-road capability and attractive styling.

Nicole Wakelin: The 2020 Toyota RAV4 has lots of standard features, achieves good fuel economy, and earns high predicted reliability scores. There are also hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.

Chad Kirchner: The RAV4, especially the hybrid, offers all the functionality a small family needs. It has a long list of safety tech that you don't have to pay extra for and the hybrid gets stellar fuel economy numbers.

2020 Acura RDX

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Eileen Falkenberg-Hull: The 2020 Acura RDX hits the nail on the head for the average two-row buyer in a number of ways. Its cabin is filled with premium materials, it has comfortable seats (with enough space in the second row for two adults to fit), and there's gobs of small item and cargo storage space. On top of that, the RDX, unlike many other SUVs, is fun to drive with engaging steering and excellent throttle response.

2020 Volvo XC60

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Sue Mead: I consider the 2020 Volvo XC60 a benchmark SUV with world-class safety and mannered motoring. It has a gorgeous, quiet, and spacious interior and laudable stowage. It's refreshed upscale R-Design and new Polestar-engineered trim are powered by a robust turbocharged and supercharged engine and hybrid motor.

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The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is made to be trail-ready

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If you want to go off-roading but you’re apprehensive behind the wheel? Jeep is introducing the Jeep Adventure Academy, a program that provides hands-on, off-road driving instruction to Jeep 4x4 owners.

"Off-roading is a rite of passage for Jeep 4x4 owners and the new Jeep Adventure Academy will provide key knowledge every off-roader can use for hitting the trails," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand, FCA - North America. "The new Jeep Adventure Academy underscores the Jeep brand's commitment to delivering Jeep 4x4 vehicles that provide owners with a sense of capability, safety and security to handle any condition or adventure with confidence."

2021 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Jeep Trailhawk models are trail-tested ahead of their retail salePhoto courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Academy kicks off this October and will take place at select locations nationwide. Instructors from Jeep Jamboree USA will lead the program alongside off-roading experts.

Each Academy session will focus on several essential areas of off-roading instruction, including 4x4 system basics, driving techniques, trail etiquette, vehicle preparation and equipment, how to properly read terrain and challenging obstacles, safety tips and more.

The Jeep Adventure Academy will take place during the first three weeks in October at the following locations:

  • Holly Oaks Off-road Vehicle Park, Holly, Michigan: October 2-4
  • Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch, Seymour, Missouri: October 9-11
  • Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area, Hollister, California: October 16-18

Registration is available at jeepadventureacademy.com. A one-day session starts at $99 and requires Jeep 4x4 vehicle ownership. The academy sessions will be led by professional staff from Jeep Jamboree USA, an organization that has been conducting off-road adventures since 1953.

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Jeep is extending its customer care program for the 2021 model year.

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This model year, Jeep celebrates 80 years in the business. The brand was born in 1941 and to celebrate to anniversary, the company is expanding its Jeep Wave Customer Care program adding value to each model purchase. The additional level of service only applies to 2021 model year vehicles.

"After nearly 80 years, the Jeep brand remains true to the original SUV by continuing to deliver legendary 4x4 capability that has enabled countless adventures and open-air freedom," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America. "As we celebrate our 80th anniversary, we're pleased to provide our customers with 80th Anniversary models that offer a unique appearance, great value and loads of safety and technology features.

2020 Grand Wagoneer Concept - Details The new Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept showcased the future of the brand, in the shape of a luxury-level three-row SUV. Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

"As a tribute to our unique, enthusiastic and growing customer base, we are expanding our Jeep Wave customer care program across the entire Jeep vehicle lineup," Morrison added. "We are pleased to reward our loyal customers with Jeep Wave premium service that offers peace of mind and no-charge maintenance for three years."

The program now includes three years of maintenance at Jeep dealerships, including oil changes and tire rotations, 24/7 support via phone or online chat, trip interruption and first-day rental coverage, and VIP access to select Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep lineup includes the Renegade, Compass, Cherokee, Wrangler, and Grand Cherokee SUVs as well as the Gladiator truck. The company recently unveiled the Grand Wagoneer concept, a luxe take on a future luxury-level three-row SUV that will compete directly with the Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade.

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