Yes, the captain's chairs mean seating capacity declines by one, but they make the third row more easily accessible with a path between the two seats — and when Mom's happy, everyone's happy.
Some automakers have gotten clever with how to maneuver around a second-row bench once child seats are installed. The "smart" bench seat in the Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti JX35 is impressive, but nothing's easier than a clear pathway between the seats to the third row.
The latest automaker to make captain's chairs available on a three-row crossover is Hyundai with its 2013 Santa Fe . Spokesman Miles Johnson told Cars.com that the crossover's predecessor, the Veracruz, only came with a second-row bench. The "Santa Fe Limited has the captain's chairs for a more premium experience," he said.
Here is our list of three-row SUVs and crossovers with available second-row captain's chairs: