List of 3-row electric SUVs grows with 2026 Cadillac Vistiq

List of 3-row electric SUVs grows with 2026 Cadillac Vistiq

2026 Cadillac Vistiq

2026 Cadillac Vistiq

2026 Cadillac Vistiq

Cadillac announced its third electric crossover on Thursday, with a preview of the 2026 Vistiq. The three-row electric crossover will be larger than the Cadillac Lyriq yet smaller than the full-size Cadillac Escalade IQ. Like the Escalade IQ, the Vistiq will have three rows of seats and be targeted at families on the tailpipe emission-free go. The two Cadillacs represent a growing field of electric three-row crossovers, and together account for nearly 30% of electric three-row options to go on the market, based on what we know now. 

Sales of all three-row crossover SUVs in the first three quarters of 2023 accounted for more than 13% of all new cars sold, representing a popular and lucrative segment. There are only four three-row electric crossovers on sale now. Of the roughly 1.53 million three-row SUVs sold in the same time frame as mentioned above, less than 3% were electric. 

Cadillac hasn’t shared many details about the Vistiq, but plans to reveal specs and pricing in 2024. The teaser images show a long, flat roof and a boxy rear end typically meant to optimize passenger and cargo space. The Vistiq will likely use General Motor’s Ultium battery, motor, and technology tool set. In the case of the 2024 Cadillac Lyriq, it uses a 102-kwh battery pack with a 340-hp single-motor rear-drive model good for 312 miles of range or an available 500-hp dual-motor all-wheel-drive option estimated at 307 miles of range.

The Vistiq will be bigger, likely the size of the XT6, so the range might be less, but it would be hard to imagine it would get the Escalade IQ’s stacked 200-plus-kwh battery pack that GM estimates will provide 450 miles of range. 

Though the 2026 Cadillac Vistiq remains a distant vision, here’s what is known about other forthcoming and on-sale three-row SUVs. 

2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ

2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ

2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ

2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ

2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ

2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ

2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ

2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ

2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ

The full-size electric SUV will be the only one of its kind when it arrives late in the summer of 2024. It’s huge. At 224.3 inches long, it’s sized between the regular- and long-wheelbase versions of the gas-powered full-size SUV that already has trouble fitting in some garages. The 136.2-inch wheelbase is even longer than the long-wheelbase gas version, and storage should be much better in part due to a 12.2-cubic-foot front trunk.

Within that long frame resides the same 24-module 200-plus-kwh battery pack (we estimate 205 kwh) as in the GMC Hummer EV and Silverado EV pickup trucks. The IQ comes standard with a motor on each axle for all-wheel drive, and an output of 750 hp and 785 lb-ft of torque. Cadillac says it can launch to 60 mph in less than five seconds, which seems improbable in a vehicle this size, but the Hummer EV can. Alternately, the Escalade IQ can tow 8,000 pounds. 

The Escalade IQ shares those trucks’ 800-volt electrical architecture, so it can add 100 miles of range in 10 minutes on a 350-kw DC fast charger. GM also says bidirectional charging capability will be standard, as will one-pedal driving.

Expect the Caddy to come loaded, and we expect it to cost more than Cadillac’s targeted $130,000 starting price. 

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2025 Volvo EX90 

The successor to the Volvo XC90 three-row crossover SUV arrives next summer, too, and Volvo hopes it will duplicate the success of its bestseller as Volvo transitions to a battery-electric-vehicle automaker. The EX90 shares a platform with the Polestar 3, and has little to do with the XC90 except intent; the EX90 is 3.3 inches longer, 1.1 inches lower, and nearly two inches wider than the XC90, but the wheelbase is about the same so it remains to be seen how much more spacious it will be inside. 

The 2025 EX90 uses an 111-kwh battery pack with a permanent magnet motor powering each axle for standard all-wheel drive. The Twin Motor model makes 402 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque, while the Twin Motor Performance spins out 496 hp and 671 lb-ft. Volvo estimates the EX90 will have a range of 300 miles, though the EPA hasn’t certified it. The EX90 can DC fast charge at a peak of 250 kw, recharging the battery from 10% to 80% in about 30 minutes. 

The 2025 EX90 Twin Motor in Plus trim costs $77,990, and opting for second-row captain’s chairs instead of the standard seven-seat configuration costs $78,490. The Ultra trim adds $4,500 and more luxurious features such as massaging seats. Pricing includes a $1,295 destination fee, and since it will be built in Ridgeville, South Carolina, it should qualify for the full $7,500 federal EV tax credit. Without the credit, it starts at about $2,000 more than the range-topping 2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line three-row electric crossover SUV.

2024 Kia EV9

2024 Kia EV9

Kia EV9

Kia’s largest vehicle applies the brawny allure of the Telluride three-row SUV to the electric future. Seating up to seven passengers, the all-electric EV9 boasts a 304-mile range with the 99.8-kwh battery pack fitted in the Light Long Range model with rear-wheel drive only for about $61,000. The Light Long Range has a 150-kw rear motor that generates 201 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, enabling a 0-60 mph time of 8.8 seconds. The Light and its smaller battery pack (total vehicle weight drops from 5,313 to 5,093 pounds) pair with a bigger 160-kw motor rated at 215 hp, and the 0-60 mph time drops to 7.7 seconds.

A dual-motor all-wheel-drive system is available for about $5,000 more and a range of 280 miles or 270 miles for the $75,395 GT-Line model and its larger tires. The second motor up front increases total system output to 379 hp, 443 lb-ft. Kia estimates a sprint to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. That’s impressive for a boxy three-row SUV weighing about 5,800 pounds, but the GT-Line boosts output to 516 lb-ft, and a 60 mph dash in just 5.0 seconds. It’s remarkably quick for highway passing or off the line, yet it’s smooth enough not to slam occupants back into their seats while they’re preoccupied with their devices. Its relative lower center of gravity and significant weight help it feel more stable and planted than similarly sized three-row SUVs. 

It’s wide open and roomy inside, but the third row comes up short against larger full-size SUVs. Two teens can fit in the third row, but with only 30.2 inches of legroom tall or leggy adults will need to negotiate with mid-row passengers for suitable seating positions. Every EV9 is loaded with luxury-like convenience and safety features and though it may seem expensive, it’s at least $20,000 less than the few other three-row electric SUVs on the market right now. 

Rivian R1T, green, vs. Rivian R1S, silver

Rivian R1T, green, vs. Rivian R1S, silver

2023 Rivian R1S

2023 Rivian R1S

2023 Rivian R1S

2023 Rivian R1S

2023 Rivian R1S

2023 Rivian R1S

Rivian R1S

The R1S three-row electric counterpart to Rivian’s R1T adventure truck is nearly as capable for off-roading adventures, but instead of a clever gear tunnel and versatile bed, the R1S boxes out the back to make a third row. The R1S comes with either a Quad-Motor AWD powertrain with two motors on each axle that make a gut-dropping 835 hp and 908 lb-ft of torque or a Dual-Motor AWD model launched late last year to the tune of 533 hp and 610 b-ft; a Performance versions jumps to 665 hp and 829 lb-ft and slashes a second to 60 mph to 3.5 seconds. For the Quad-Motor versions, Rivian quotes a 0-60 mph time around three seconds, despite a three-and-a-half ton curb weight, but the top speed is limited to just 110 mph.

Both grades come with a 135-kwh battery pack that enables a Quad-Motor range of 316 miles, though it drops to 274 miles when equipped with large 20-inch all-terrain tires; Dual-Motor models with standard 21-inch wheels max out at 352 miles. A new Max Pack utilizes a new battery cell that increases density and energy to 149 kwh. Available on Dual-Motor models, it increases the range of the R1S to 400 miles. It adds $10,000 to the roughly $86,000 starting price of the Dual-Motor model with the 135-kwh Large Pack; the Quad-Motor costs $8,000 more than that. 

The shorter wheelbase than the R1T can make for a jumpier ride and the range of suspension changes adds great versatility, but it can also prematurely cause tire wear in its lowest Conserve mode setting. It seats up to seven but captain’s chairs make everyone fit better. Power-folding second-row seats make it easy to get in and out of the third row, but 6-footers will have to negotiate with those passengers to increase the standard third-row legroom from 32.8 inches, which is roomier than the EV9 but still tight. 

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

The EQS SUV applies the winning formula of the GLS-Class to electrification. It’s the most luxurious electric three-row SUV on the market now, and it equally off-roads with ease as it pampers you how you please. It should, too, as it’s the most expensive of the nascent class, with the EQS SUV 450+ starting at about $106,000 and increasing to about $135,000 for the EQS SUV 580 Pinnacle. But this thing has it all, maybe even too much except when it comes to range.

The EQS SUV adopts a 108.4-kwh battery pack and a rear-motor system on the 450+ that makes 355 hp and 419 lb-ft of torque, and has an estimated range of 305 miles. The dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup on the 580 ratchets the output to 536 hp and 633 lb-ft, and has a range of 285 miles. At the top end, Mercedes quotes a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds and a 200-kw DC fast-charge time of 31 minutes to get to 80% capacity.

It hustles and handles smaller than its three-row SUV size, thanks in part to a standard air suspension with adaptive damping, as well as rear-wheel steering of up to 10 degrees that all but eliminates the three-point turn. The third row is optional here, and it’s a little tighter both in headroom and legroom than the R1S and EV9. Up front is a technology showcase, with an available wall of screens across the dash that actually diminishes the beautiful wood trim with aluminum ribs. Not one of its three-row rivals can match the Mercedes’ beautiful interior. 

2021 Tesla Model X

2021 Tesla Model X

2023 Tesla Model X - Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.

2023 Tesla Model X – Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.

2023 Tesla Model X - Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.

2023 Tesla Model X – Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.

Tesla Model X

The first electric three-row crossover to arrive on the market way back in 2017 was either a technological marvel or an overreaching pain, depending on your take. Either way, it and its complicated falcon-wing doors are showing their age. Yet, Tesla’s calling card and what makes it still standout from the new crop of competitors is its peerless efficiency that peaks at 3.3 miles per kwh, as well as its excellent Supercharger DC fast-charging network. 

A Dual Motor all-wheel-drive version makes a combined 670 hp and offers a claimed 0-60 mph time of just 3.8 seconds, with a range of 348 miles. Separately, the tri-motor Model X Plaid makes 1,020 hp and can dash to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, with a 333-mile range. The in-car technology, dominated by a 17.0-inch touchscreen oriented vertically, can be hit or miss depending on if you want every vehicle control system from the side mirrors to the audio housed in the screen. The graphics, interface, and operability are best-in-class, however. 

Like rivals, the second row bench can be swapped for captain’s chairs to seat six passengers total, and while that configuration and the falcon-wing doors make it the easiest to get in and out of compared to rivals, it also has the smallest, most cramped third row. Recent price cuts have made that sacrifice a bit more appealing, but who knows if the ever-changing sticker will…stick. The Model X starts right at $90,000 for the Standard Range model, and climbs above $100,000 for the Plaid. 

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