CARS.COM — An SUV’s third-row seating could easily be called no man’s — and no woman’s — land. This necessary but often cramped space is for kids only, but they still need a way to get back there that doesn’t involve climbing over the seats. During our Three-Row SUV Challenge 2016, we took a closer look at the third-row access for each of our competitors.
We looked at how easily the second row could be manipulated to create a pathway to the third-row seat, kept an eye on just how wide that walkway was and noted step-in height. Parents should also look for a wide enough space that they can climb back there should they need to help little ones get buckled into their booster seats.
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If you can’t find a three-row SUV or you find one where third-row access doesn’t pass muster, consider getting second-row captain’s chairs to create another way to access the third row.