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SUVs Available With Second-Row Captain’s Chairs

Second-row captain’s chairs add comfort and convenience to SUVs. If it has three rows of seats, captain’s chairs make the third row much easier to access. If you like the idea of a family vehicle with second-row captain’s chairs but don’t want a minivan, you have a ton of options in the SUV market.

Here are the SUVs available with second-row captain’s chairs.

1. Bentley Bentayga

2022 Bentley Bentayga front right

The Bentley Bentayga isn’t in the budget for most of us, but there’s no question it’s one of the most luxurious SUVs money can buy. It does a great job delivering Bentley luxury in the form of a versatile SUV. The available 4-seat configuration treats the back-seat passengers to opulent luxury that’s hard to find anywhere else. See Bentley Bentayga models for sale

2. BMW X7


The BMW X7 is the biggest and most opulent SUV in the brand’s lineup. It’s a family hauler that’s not quite as sporty to drive as some of the smaller BMW SUVs, but it still has an engaging drive without sacrificing practicality. See BMW X7 models for sale

3. Buick Enclave

2022 Buick Enclave front right in silver

The Buick Enclave is in a nice middle-ground between midsize 3-row SUVs from mainstream and luxury brands. It’s well-appointed with standard features like wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, modern safety tech, and a hands-free power liftgate. See Buick Enclave models for sale

4. Cadillac Escalade/Cadillac Escalade ESV

Cadillac Escalade

The Cadillac Escalade continues to be a luxury SUV that turns heads everywhere it goes. It’s spacious, comfortable, and loaded with tech features. Examples of its premium features include a 38-inch curved OLED display, an AKG Studio 38-speaker audio system, and the Super Cruise hands-free driving system. See Cadillac Escalade models for sale or See Cadillac Escalade ESV models for sale

5. Cadillac XT6

Cadillac XT6

If the Escalade is too big or expensive for you, the Cadillac XT6 is an excellent midsize alternative. It has roomy 3-row seating with optional second-row captain’s chairs making the third row easier to access. As you’d expect, it’s well-appointed with luxury and tech features. See Cadillac XT6 models for sale

6. Chevrolet Tahoe/Chevrolet Suburban

Chevrolet Tahoe

The full-size Chevy SUVs are better than ever. The Tahoe and the longer Suburban offer a few engine options, including a diesel. The optional second-row captain’s chairs make them more comfortable and minivan-like while retaining truck-like capabilities. See Chevrolet Tahoe models for sale or See Chevrolet Suburban models for sale

7. Chevrolet Traverse

2019 Chevrolet Traverse High Country front left

The Chevrolet Traverse is suitable for drivers looking for a spacious 3-row SUV but who don’t want the girth or fuel consumption of a full-size SUV like a Tahoe. This SUV is roomy, practical, and it can get pretty luxurious in the upper trims like the High Country model. See Chevrolet Traverse models for sale

8. Dodge Durango

2022 Dodge Durango Front Right Driving in Red

The Dodge Durango is a muscular choice in practical family SUVs. It has standard 3-row seating, and it’s available with second-row captain’s chairs. It has the performance to back up its macho aesthetic, especially with its multiple V8 engine options available under the hood. See Dodge Durango models for sale

9. Ford Expedition/Ford Expedition Max

2022 Ford Expedition

If you like the idea of a family-friendly SUV with the reliability and capability of a Ford truck, then this is your ticket. The Ford Expedition, the more luxurious Lincoln Navigator, and their long-wheelbase counterparts are rigs that can do it all. Haul the whole family in comfort and style while towing a boat without breaking a sweat. See Ford Expedition models for sale or See Ford Expedition Max models for sale

10. Ford Explorer

2019 Ford Explorer XLT front right in silver

The versatile Ford Explorer is one of the most trusted names in family SUVs. There’s a lot of variety in its model range with the high-performance ST model, the rugged Timberline trim, and more. Second-row captain’s chairs come standard on all but the base trim. See Ford Explorer models for sale

11. GMC Acadia

2022 GMC Acadia Front Right in White

Since it’s on the small side of 3-row SUVs, the GMC Acadia is excellent if you only occasionally need a third row of seats. Every trim is available with second-row captain’s chairs, from the base SLE model to the luxurious Denali trim and the rugged AT4 model. See GMC Acadia models for sale

12. GMC Yukon/GMC Yukon XL

2021 GMC Yukon Denali front left side in metallic red

The GMC Yukon is a full-size SUV with some premium style. It has a nice variety in its model range: two wheelbases, three engines (including a diesel), a luxurious Denali model, and the off-road-ready AT4 trim. If you want more space, consider the bigger Yukon XL. See GMC Yukon models for sale or See GMC Yukon XL models for sale

13. Honda Pilot

2022 Honda Pilot front left

The Honda Pilot is like a minivan with an SUV body, which isn’t bad if you’re looking for family-friendly safety and practicality. The Elite and Black Edition models have second-row captain’s chairs and premium features like a rear entertainment system and a panoramic roof. See Honda Pilot models for sale

14. Hyundai Palisade

2022 Hyundai Palisade in black.

The Hyundai Palisade is a top competitor in midsize 3-row SUVs. It’s roomy, comfortable, and comes well-equipped with standard tech features. It’s roomy for passengers and cargo alike, and the optional second-row captain’s chairs make it more comfortable. See Hyundai Palisade models for sale

15. Infiniti QX60

2021 Infiniti QX60 Front Left in Beige Chrome

The Infiniti QX60 combines sleek styling, modern technology, and a family-friendly interior in one appealing package. This luxury SUV is very comfortable in the first two rows, and it has a good amount of cargo space, adding to its practicality. See Infiniti QX60 models for sale

16. Infiniti QX80

2022 Infiniti QX80 Profile in Graphite Shadow

The often-overlooked Infiniti QX80 is worth consideration if you’re in the market for a full-size luxury SUV. It may not have the name recognition of its top rivals, but it has a comparatively low price tag, a big interior, and standard V8 power. See Infiniti QX80 models for sale

17. Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Jeep Grand Cherokee L

The Jeep Grand Cherokee L is the fulfillment of the long-awaited 3-row Grand Cherokee. Its longer wheelbase and extra seating capacity make it more family-friendly while still being a rugged off-roader. It’s a bit pricer than most rivals, but second-row captain’s chairs come standard. See Jeep Grand Cherokee L models for sale

18. Jeep Wagoneer/Jeep Grand Wagoneer

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer front right in black

The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are back after a long hiatus. These are serious luxury SUVs competitive with the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator. When equipped with second-row captain’s chairs, your passengers will have tons of room and superior comfort. See Jeep Wagoneer models for sale or See Jeep Grand Wagoneer models for sale

19. Kia Sorento

2019 Kia Sorento Front Right

The Kia Sorento is one of the most affordable SUVs with available second-row captain’s chairs. The Sorento is on the smaller side of midsize SUVs, but 3-row seating comes standard, and the optional second-row captain’s chairs make it feel more luxurious without breaking the bank. See Kia Sorento models for sale

20. Kia Telluride

2021 Kia Telluride LX front right

The Kia Telluride is among the best in the competitive class of midsize 3-row SUVs. It’s roomy, comfortable, packed with tech features, and big on value. It can get pretty luxurious in the upper trims, including comfy second-row captain’s chairs. See Kia Telluride models for sale

21. Lamborghini Urus

Lamborghini Urus

It might be cliche, but the Lamborghini Urus is the Lamborghini of SUVs. The brand’s first SUV since discontinuing the LM002 in 1993 doesn’t disappoint. The Urus has appropriately stunning styling and performance, producing 641 horsepower. The 4-seat configuration turns up the luxury for the rear passengers with captain’s chairs. See Lamborghini Urus models for sale

22. Land Rover Range Rover/Land Rover Range Rover Sport

2022 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography SWB

The Range Rover continues to be a standard-bearer in luxury SUVs. It has an opulent interior, show-stopping style, impressive off-road capabilities, and on-road performance. The 4-seat Range Rover is extra luxurious, while the Range Rover Sport is a more family-oriented 3-row SUV with available second-row captain’s chairs. See Land Rover Range Rover models for sale or See Land Rover Range Rover Sport models for sale

23. Lexus GX

2022 Lexus GX Front Right in Green

You expect excellent off-road capabilities from Jeep and Land Rover, but the Lexus GX is right up there as one of the best off-roaders on this list. It’s like a more luxurious Toyota 4Runner, which means it has excellent off-road chops, a reliable V6 engine, and a luxurious interior. See Lexus GX models for sale

24. Lexus RXL

2021 Lexus RX 450h F-Sport front right in blue

The third row is pretty cramped in the Lexus RXL. However, the 3-row model of the best-selling luxury SUV has available second-row captain’s chairs, while the standard 2-row RX does not. This SUV is popular for its premium interior and just-right sizing, plus excellent safety and reliability ratings. See Lexus RXL models for sale

25. Lincoln Aviator

2023 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring

The Lincoln Aviator midsize 3-row luxury SUV is stylish and comfortable. It has excellent engine options, including a plug-in hybrid powertrain tuned for performance. Like the Ford Explorer, second-row captain’s chairs are standard on all but the base model. See Lincoln Aviator models for sale

26. Lincoln Navigator/Lincoln Navigator L

2021 Lincoln Navigator

The Lincoln Navigator and the longer Navigator L are serious competitors to the Cadillac Escalade. The Navigator has a powerful turbocharged V6 engine plus an imposing aesthetic, and its vast interior is very luxurious. See Lincoln Navigator models for sale or See Lincoln Navigator L models for sale

27. Mazda CX-9

2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature front left

The Mazda CX-9 is an athletic choice in midsize family SUVs with a lively engine and agile handling for its size. The luxurious Signature trim comes standard with second-row captain’s chairs with a center console, Nappa leather seats, navigation, and more. See Mazda CX-9 models for sale

28. Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS

The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is like the stellar S-Class sedan in the form of an SUV. It has all of the hallmarks of the Mercedes-Benz brand, like top-notch luxury, the latest tech features, engaging performance, and handsome styling. The available second-row captain’s chairs are almost as comfy as the front seats. See Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class models for sale

29. Nissan Armada

2022 Nissan Armada front left off-roading

The Nissan Armada is sometimes overlooked compared to more popular American options in full-size SUVs. This plus-size SUV has a standard V8 engine and a roomy, upscale interior, especially when equipped with second-row captain’s chairs. See Nissan Armada models for sale

30. Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

The recently redesigned Nissan Pathfinder finally got the option of second-row captain’s chairs. When you get this option, it comes with a handy center console for the second row that’s easy to remove. See Nissan Pathfinder models for sale

31. Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan gives the Bentley Bentayga a run for its money in the race to be the most luxurious (and most expensive) SUV on the planet. Your passengers will experience world-class automotive excellence while you enjoy the twin-turbo V12 under the hood. See Rolls-Royce Cullinan models for sale

32. Subaru Ascent

2022 Subaru Ascent Onyx Edition, driving in the city

The Subaru Ascent has the quirks that people love about the Subaru brand, like standard all-wheel drive, in the form of a family-friendly 3-row SUV. You might not associate Subaru with luxury, but an Ascent with second-row captain’s chairs is a more premium SUV than you might expect. See Subaru Ascent models for sale

33. Tesla Model X

2022 Tesla Model X front left in white

An all-electric 3-row SUV is still pretty rare, but the Tesla Model X continues to be a family-friendly option that burns no gas. It has the driving excitement and high-tech luxury that the Tesla brand is famous for with a versatile 3-row interior and “Falcon wing” doors. See Tesla Model X models for sale

34. Toyota Highlander

2019 Toyota Highlander Limited front right in white

The Toyota Highlander is one of the most popular midsize 3-row SUVs for a good reason. It’s safe, reliable, comfortable, and fuel-efficient for its size, especially the hybrid. Every Highlander from the XLE trim up has second-row captain’s chairs. See Toyota Highlander models for sale

35. Toyota Sequoia

2023 Toyota Sequoia Limited

Toyota treated the full-size Sequoia to a complete redesign for the 2023 model year, with a new look and a capable hybrid powertrain. The 2022 and the new 2023 models offer second-row captain’s chairs, making them feel like more premium SUVs. See Toyota Sequoia models for sale

36. Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen Atlas

The Volkswagen Atlas has one of the roomiest third rows of seats in its class, making it a great SUV for families. It also has plenty of cargo space, and it’s reasonably priced. Second-row captain’s chairs are optional on all but the base trim. See Volkswagen Atlas models for sale

37. Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90 front right

The Volvo XC90 is a safe and practical luxury SUV. As you’d expect from Volvo, the XC90 has three roomy and comfortable rows of seats, a big cargo hold, many standard safety features, and excellent crash-test ratings. See Volvo XC90 models for sale

Eric Brandt
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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