Best Third-Row Seating SUVs

Are you in the market for an SUV that has a roomy (and actually usable) third-row seating? Consumer Reports recently took a look at third-row seating in a variety of SUVs compared to minivans - and there were some interesting results.

For example, testers found the Nissan Quest had 15 inches more shoulder room than the third row of seating in a Mazda CX-9. And when it came to SUVs, the Honda Pilot had the best shoulder room of all - 58 inches - which is almost as good as shoulder room found in minivans.

Looking to add one of these vehicles to your garage? As always, I recommend using the free RydeShopper to find the best deals out there.

Midsized SUVs

VehicleShoulder Room (in.)Fore Aft (in.)
Acura MDX50.024.0
BMW X545.020.0
Chevrolet Traverse55.024.0
Dodge Durango49.026.5
Ford Explorer48.527.0
Ford Flex50.028.0
Honda Pilot58.026.0
Infiniti JX55.027.0
Mazda CX-945.524.5

Minivans

VehicleShoulder Room (in.)Fore Aft (in.)
Chrysler Town & Country59.027.0
Honda Odyssey59.529.0
Nissan Quest61.026.0
Toyota Sienna59.529.0

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

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- Gregg Fidan

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Gregg Fidan Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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