SUVs and Minivans With the Best Third-Row Seats

These models offer comfort and access for seven passengers or more

GMC Yukon XL showing off its three rows of seats

Large three-row vehicles offer the flexibility to transport the whole family—and then some. But just because an SUV or minivan has a third row doesn’t necessarily mean those extra seats are comfortable or practical.

Consumer Reports’ testing shows that many third rows are hard to access and too snug for most adult passengers. In fact, even some vehicles with a high Overall Score have third rows that are best-suited for kids or occasional passengers.

If you’re buying a vehicle specifically for its third row, here’s our advice:

• Consider a minivan. Minivans are designed to maximize passenger space and often have the largest and easiest-to-access third rows, even when compared with full-sized SUVs. They often have significantly better fuel economy than SUVs with similarly sized third rows.

• Bring the family for a test drive. If possible, have the people who might be using the third row get in and out of the car to find out what it's like.

• Remember that kids grow. Even if your younger kids and their friends fit comfortably in the third row now, they might outgrow it, especially if you plan to keep the vehicle for a long time.

• Check our reviews for car-seat fit. Some third rows make it harder to install car seats than others, and a few two-row vehicles can fit three car seats safely across the back seat.


Our list of the SUVs and minivans with the best third rows relies on our own expert evaluations of third rows for ease of access and passenger comfort. We’ve also included our exclusive owner satisfaction and reliability survey data along with information about safety and fuel economy, so that you can make the smartest choice for your needs.

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2021 Chrysler Pacifica

Price Range: $35,495 - $53,770

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