If your family is anything like mine, you actually need to use the third row in your car. Whether it's picking up Grandma for a family dinner, hauling sixth-graders to the botanic gardens or chauffeuring teenagers to their first homecoming dance, the third row in our family car gets its fair share of abuse — make that use.
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Third-row access in most cars is almost always an exercise in engineering aptitude: flip seat bottom, fold seatback, tumble seat forward, engage ejector ignition and so on. I don't care how easy an automaker claims it is for a 5-year-old to tumble the seat forward singlehandedly to climb into the "way back," it's almost never true. My kids give up on these systems almost instantly, favoring the graceless headfirst dive over the second-row seats into the third row.