CARS.COM — When it comes to seating in mid-size and full-size three-row SUVs, less seating can be more. Opting for captain’s chairs for your SUV’s second row over a three-position bench might seem like a questionable move, but consider the benefits: an easy-to-use walkway to the third row, comfortable seats that work well for adults or kids in car seats, and just enough space between two kiddos to prevent the dreaded “he’s touching me!” complaint. Benefits, in other words, that you can’t afford in an SUV with only a second row.
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For those caregivers who carpool to school, hauling a gaggle of kids in an SUV with captain’s chairs in the second row takes some of the stress out of drop-off and pickup as kids can use the second-row walkway to get in and out of the third row — and out of the SUV.
New to the SUV captain’s chair scene for the 2017 model year are the Acura MDX and Lexus GX 460, and rejoining the list after a year away is the Nissan Armada. If you’re thinking of buying a used SUV with third row seating, check out our lists for model-years 2013, 2014-15 and 2016.
2017 Three-Row SUVs With Captain’s Chairs
- 2017 Acura MDX
- 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
- 2017 Buick Enclave
- 2017 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV
- 2017 Chevrolet Suburban
- 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe
- 2017 Chevrolet Traverse
- 2017 Dodge Durango
- 2017 Ford Expedition, Expedition EL
- 2017 Ford Explorer
- 2017 Ford Flex
- 2017 GMC Acadia
- 2017 GMC Yukon, Yukon XL
- 2017 Honda Pilot
- 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
- 2017 Infiniti QX80
- 2017 Lexus GX 460
- 2017 Lincoln MKT
- 2017 Lincoln Navigator, Navigator L
- 2017 Nissan Armada
- 2017 Tesla Model X
- 2017 Toyota Highlander
- 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
- 2017 Toyota Sequoia