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Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 03/20/2013

Which Three-Row SUVs Offer Second-Row Captain's Chairs?


(Cars.com)

Most three-row SUVs and crossovers are adept at hauling passengers, child-safety seats and all the baggage families carry, but when two car seats are installed in the second row, accessing the third row becomes an acrobatic feat. If you've ever had to catapult over a second-row bench to get there, you know that captain's chairs are handy to have.

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:

2013 Buick Enclave

2013 Cadillac Escalade

2013 Chevrolet Suburban

2013 Chevrolet Tahoe

2013 Chevrolet Traverse

2013 Dodge Durango

2013 Dodge Journey

2013 Ford Explorer

2013 Ford Flex

2013 GMC Acadia

2013 GMC Yukon / Yukon XL

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

2013 Infiniti QX56

2013 Lincoln MKT

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

2013 Nissan Armada

2013 Toyota Highlander

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By Cars.com  |  07:36 AM ET, 03/20/2013

 
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