CARS.COM — When life demands a larger vehicle to fit more passengers or cargo, but a minivan is not your style, the three-row SUV offers an appealing compromise between form and function.
For many shoppers, second-row captain’s chairs are the preferred setup in place of a second-row bench seat. Despite losing one seating position, captain’s chairs have a lot of benefits, such as easier third-row access and more-comfortable seats. Also, thanks to the added space between the seats, Cars.com Managing Editor Jennifer Newman notes that you don’t have to worry about the kids behind you playing the “I’m-not-touching-you” game.
For parents with young children, this setup also is more convenient when it comes to car seats. In most three-row SUVs with a second-row bench, that row cannot fold forward to allow passengers into the third row when a car seat is installed. There are a few exceptions, including the Infiniti QX60 and Nissan Pathfinder; they have second-row benches that can slide forward with a forward-facing child-safety seat. But you will still be out of luck if you have a rear-facing seat. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children should be in a rear-facing seat until age 2.
The good news is that there are plenty of three-row SUVs, ranging from midsize to full-size, that offer captain’s chairs. For 2016, there are two new additions to our list: the Honda Pilot and Toyota Sequoia. Whether your captain of choice is Kirk, Sparrow or Crunch, here’s the full list of 2016 three-row SUVs that will have shoppers saying, “Aye.”
*New additions to this list for 2016
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