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

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 Ford Explorer

2013 Ford Flex

2013 GMC Acadia

2013 GMC Yukon/Yukon XL

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

2013 Infiniti QX56

2013 Lincoln MKT

2013 Nissan Armada

2013 Toyota Highlander

2013 Toyota Sequoia

Editor's note: This post was updated on Aug. 30th.

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you forgot the Mazda5.

Jennifer Geiger, Editor at Cars.com

Hi Paul,
Because of the Mazda5's sliding doors, we consider it a minivan. But yes, it does have captain's chairs in the second row.


Thanks for the list. I'm searching online and I don't see a Mercedes with 2nd row captains chairs. Am I missing something?


Specifically, the Toyota Highlander above is incorrect. It is actually the Toyota Sequoia that offers the 2nd row captain's chairs as an option, beginning in 2012; it has never been an option for the Highlander.

Jennifer Geiger, News Editor at Cars.com

Hi Jay,
If you remove the Center Stow seat in the second row of the 2013 Highlander, you're left with two captain's chairs. Yes, the Sequoia has a two-seat second row option as well.


I can't find the option for captains chairs in the 2013 Dodge Journey, can you please provide additional information for this model?


Are there any 2010-12 models that have 2nd row captain seats? I am looking for a midsize SUV/crossover with captain seats. Not interested in minivans. Thanks!!!!


What about the Toyota 4-runner? Does that have an option for 2nd row captain chairs?


The Dodge Journey does not have captains chairs.


Besides the Toyota Highlander, are there any other SUV's that offer the 2nd row center seat as removable so that the 2nd row can be either Captains or 3 person bench? Our Odessey has that feature which I love but want a SUV now.


I believe the new range rover sport has them


This is great- do you have this list for 2014 models?


You forgot to include the Ford Expedition and the Lincoln Navigator.


Hi I was wondering if you of any 2014 models that would be put on this list?


Do you have a list of 2014 SUVs with 2nd available 2nd row captain's chairs?


Wow thanks for this list!My husband and I are looking for a SUV that can pull up to 5000 pounds and has captain seats price 16000-24000 any good ideas

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