SUVs With The Best Third-Row Seating According to Consumer Reports

The market for SUVs with third-row seating offers pretty slim pickings as it stands. With only a handful of new options on the dealership lots, it’s not uncommon to see the best of these options become so popular. While some families may not need the capacity for third-row seats on a daily basis, the option to have the ultimate family car for other members and friends is a big plus, but you want to make sure you’re getting an option with third-row seats that are actually comfortable.

The 2021 Buick Enclave

According to Consumer Reports, the 2021 Buick Enclave has some of the best third-row seats of its class. It is noted not only for having spacious second and third-row seating but also for the ease of access to each row. The option for captain’s chairs is also a bonus, leaving plenty of room to walk between the second row of seats to comfortably situate passengers in the third row.

A dark blue 2021 Buick Enclave luxurious midsize SUV driving down a highway road
The 2021 Enclave in action | Buick

2021 Chevrolet Traverse

The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse received slightly lower scores than the Enclave, and it doesn’t do much better for third-row seats. This SUV shines for its comfortable and spacious second row of seating, and though the third row of seating isn’t quite as tall or roomy there is plenty of space there for smaller passengers, and the second row’s seats are able to adjust forward to give last-row passengers a bit of extra legroom when needed.

A dark-colored 2021 Chevrolet Traverse three-row midsize SUV traveling on a bridge away from city skyscrapers
2021 Chevrolet Traverse Premier | General Motors

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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

The Chevrolet Tahoe isn’t a newcomer to the SUV game, with a capable and aggressive front-end that makes the vehicle look ready to dominate the road. From the outside, the Tahoe is a rather large SUV, and it doesn’t disappoint from the inside. In the redesign, it lost a bit of its cargo capacity but maintains a comfortable and roomy second and third-row of seating that most average-height adults could fit in comfortably for conservative amounts of time.

An image of a brown Chevrolet Tahoe parked outside.
Chevrolet Tahoe | Chevrolet

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Of course there are still a handful of other popular options for third-row seat SUVs, and I know — you’re surprised that we left out one of the most popular options: the Kia Telluride. While Consumer Reports compiled a list of SUVs with the best third-row options, it was surprising to see the highly-rated Telluride left unnoticed, but perhaps the website felt that it wasn’t a necessary addition, since it has received so much attention already.