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SUVs Available with Second-Row Captain’s Chairs for 2019

One feature that can totally change the interior landscape of a family vehicle is a set of second-row captain’s chairs. This feature has been common in minivans for years, but it wasn’t until recently that this option has become more widespread in crossovers. Whether you want second-row bucket seats for the comfort of your passengers or just to keep your kids from bugging each other, it’s an option your passengers will appreciate.

Here are all of the new SUVs available with second-row captain’s chairs for the 2019 model year.

Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot/Acura MDX

The Honda Pilot has a strong reputation as a reliable minivan alternative that offers a strong value. You can get one with second-row captain’s chairs, but only on the higher end of the model range. They’re standard on the Elite trim and optional on the Touring trim. Another option is the Acura MDX, which is the luxury cousin of the Honda Pilot, sharing the same platform and also offering second-row captain’s chairs. Find a Honda Pilot for sale or Find an Acura MDX for sale

Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander/Highlander Hybrid

Speaking of reliable minivan alternatives, the Toyota Highlander is another favorite in the midsize 3-row SUV segment. Much like the Pilot, the Highlander is only available with second-row captain’s chairs on the high end of the model range, in this case, the Limited trim. Also like the Pilot, you can move up to a more luxurious variant, this time in the form of the Lexus RXL, which is new for 2019. Both the Toyota and the Lexus are available as hybrids. Find a Toyota Highlander for sale

Toyota Sequoia

Toyota Sequoia

Another option in big, truck-based SUVs with second-row captain’s chairs is the Toyota Sequoia. The seats are spacious and supportive and we also like the powerful V8 under the hood of this Toyota. Based on the Tundra full-size pickup, the Sequoia is similar to the other full size SUVs on our list in offering truck like capability in a family-friendly package. Find a Toyota Sequoia for sale

Lexus GX

Lexus GX

The Lexus GX is a serious off-roader in luxurious trappings. It shares a platform with the Toyota 4Runner, but with many perks including available second-row captain’s chairs. It might be getting a bit dated and overdue for a refresh, but we’re impressed with its off-road and towing capabilities. Take the whole family wherever the road or the trail takes you in comfort and style. Find a Lexus GX for sale

Lexus LX

Lexus LX

If you want to move another step up in luxury SUVs, the Lexus LX also offers second-row captain’s chairs. It’s big, expensive and its platform is more than a decade old, but this powerful Toyota Land Cruiser-based SUV combines rugged capability and luxurious comfort much like the GX, but in an even bigger package. Find a Lexus LX for sale

Chevrolet Traverse

Chevrolet Traverse/Buick Enclave/GMC Acadia

This trio of 3-row midsize SUVs from General Motors are all available with second-row captain’s chairs. The GMC Acadia is a little smaller than the Chevrolet Traverse and the more luxurious Buick Enclave, which is something to keep in mind if you’re planning on using that third row very often. If so, your passengers will appreciate the longer Chevy or Buick rather than the GMC. Find a Chevrolet Traverse for sale or Find a Buick Enclave for sale or Find a GMC Acadia for sale

Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is an old name in family-friendly SUVs and it still carries that reputation today. It has lots of passenger and cargo space and it can be had in the upper trims with second-row captain’s chairs. We especially like the Explorer in the Platinum trim with Nirvana leather seating with quilted inserts and the Sport model with the exciting EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 and available second-row bucket seats. Find a Ford Explorer for sale

Ford Flex

Ford Flex/Lincoln MKT

Sure, you could opt for the Ford Explorer which is a more conventional midsize crossover, but we like the funky Ford Flex. It’s part SUV, part station wagon and it’s available with second-row captains chairs. Thanks to the boxy shape of the Flex, it’s pretty roomy for six people when equipped with second-row captain chairs plus some cargo space to boot. You also have the option of moving further upmarket to the similar Lincoln MKT, which will soon be phased out as the 2020 Lincoln Aviator arrives at dealers starting this summer. Find a Ford Flex for sale or Find a Lincoln MKT for sale

GMC Yukon

GMC Yukon and Yukon XL/Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban/Cadillac Escalade

The GMC Yukon and the longer GMC Yukon XL are fantastic all-purpose SUVs that can carry a lot of people and a lot of stuff, while towing a boat without breaking a sweat. It comes standard with a bench seat in the middle, but second-row captain’s chairs are available on the SLT trim and standard on the luxurious Denali model. If you want to save some coin, you can get the mechanically identical Chevy Tahoe or Suburban and if you want to get even fancier you can upgrade to the Cadillac Escalade. Find a GMC Yukon for sale or Find a GMC Yukon XL for sale or Find a Chevrolet Tahoe for sale or Find a Chevrolet Suburban for sale or Find a Cadillac Escalade for sale

Lincoln Navigator

Lincoln Navigator and Navigator L/Ford Expedition and Expedition MAX

The Lincoln Navigator (and its Navigator L long-wheelbase variant), which was all-new for the 2018 model year, is a big hit for Lincoln and it’s not hard to see why. It’s a great execution of plus-size American luxury combining premium styling, luxurious comfort and real SUV capability. The fourth-generation Navigator comes standard with second-row PowerFold heated captain’s chairs with tilt and slide functionality. We’d understand if the Navigator’s price is a little rich for your blood, in which case the Ford Expedition and the longer Expedition Max are great alternatives, which can also be had with second-row captain’s chairs. Find a Lincoln Navigator for sale or Find a Ford Expedition for sale

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X

The Tesla Model X is the only all-electric SUV on our list. The third row of the Model X is infamously cramped and should really only be used in a pinch, but the second-row is quite comfortable, especially when equipped with optional captain’s chairs, which provide nice bolstering and power adjustment, but no fold-down armrests like many of its competitors. Your passengers will enjoy a quiet ride in this EV. Find a Tesla Model X for sale

Dodge Durango

Dodge Durango

The Dodge Durango has the distinction of being one of the more muscular 3-row SUVs in its class partly because of the two V8 engines available under the hood. But in this case, muscle is combined with family-friendly practicality. A 6-seat Durango can be had starting with the SXT Plus trim and for a little more luxury you can upgrade to the Citadel Anodized Platinum trim, which comes standard with heated second-row captain’s chairs along with Nappa leather seats, cool 20-in satin carbon aluminum wheels, navigation and more. Find a Dodge Durango for sale

Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen may have been late to the game in expanding its SUV lineup, but when the Atlas arrived for the 2018 model year, it quickly became a strong contender. All three rows of seats are quite spacious, plus there’s plenty of cargo space thanks to the rather boxy design of the Atlas. It’s also quite nimble on its feet in a segment that’s not exactly known for its tight driving dynamics. Find a Volkswagen Atlas for sale

Subaru Ascent

Subaru Ascent

A newcomer for the 2019 model year, the Subaru Ascent represents the brand’s re-entry into the 3-row SUV segment after the flop that was the Tribeca. We can confidently say that Subaru got the big SUV right this time by taking what people love about Subarus and simply making it bigger. The option of second-row captain’s chairs makes it a comfortable family cruiser without sacrificing its off-road chops. Find a Subaru Ascent for sale

Hyundai Santa Fe XL

Hyundai Santa Fe XL

The Hyundai Santa Fe XL isn’t the most glamorous SUV on our list with a somewhat bland interior, but it is practical and affordable. The Limited Ultimate trim is a big improvement over the base SE model with one of its many perks being standard second-row captain’s chairs along with a panoramic sunroof, an 8-in infotainment system and more. Find a Hyundai Santa Fe XL for sale

Infiniti QX80

Infiniti QX80/Nissan Armada

We’ve praised the Infiniti QX80 for being one of the best values in full-size luxury SUVs. Not only does it have a significantly lower starting price than its top competitors, but it comes standard with second-row captain’s chairs on all models. Much like the Lincoln Navigator, there’s a more affordable alternative that’s mechanically identical. In this case, it’s the Nissan Armada, which has optional second-row captain’s chairs starting with the SL trim. Find an Infiniti QX80 for sale or Find a Nissan Armada for sale



The BMW X7 is a newcomer for the 2019 model year. It’s the biggest in BMW’s huge lineup of SUVs with three rows of seats and available second-row captain’s chairs. If you do choose this option, you can get 2-tone, all-electric seats and an optional rear seat entertainment system with gorgeously designed "floating" monitors behind both front seats. Find a BMW X7 for sale

Land Rover Range Rover

Land Rover Range Rover

The Land Rover Range Rover is the only SUV on our list that doesn’t have three rows of seats, but on the high-end Autobiography and SVAutobiography trims, it has what Land Rover calls "Executive Class" back seats. There are two seats in the second row and whoever has the pleasure of sitting back there is in for a treat with reclining leather seats, individual screens, and even an available hot stone massage function. Find a Land Rover Range Rover for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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