Once a feature reserved for behemoth full-size SUVs, the third row is fast becoming a staple of the midsize crossover segment as automakers make a play for larger families. For 2014, Toyota has added an optional third row to its redesigned 4Runner.
Combined with fresh exterior and interior styling, the optional third row makes this SUV known for its off-roading abilities into a versatile family-hauler. Far-fetched, you think? Consider the Nissan Pathfinder's recent transformation from tough SUV to family-friendly crossover and then tell me this is impossible.
For me, a third row's worth comes down to two factors: access and fit. In other words, how easily can a person get into it and how well does that person fit.