Best SUVs with Captain Chairs of 2020

Traditionally, SUVs have been equipped with a second-row bench seat for three people. However, second-row captain’s chairs are a popular choice - even though they offer seating for two instead of three, they have some definite advantages. Not only are individual chairs more comfortable than a bench seat, often with superior cushioning and their own armrests, but they provide either a luxurious center console or a practical walk-through space to the third row.

We’ve reviewed the best SUVs with captain’s chairs to come up with a ranking for them. Our objective assessments take into account seating comfort, ease of access, and even the quality and choice of interior materials. Some SUVs of this type even offer rear-seat entertainment packages, which we cover in sections on features and added-cost options. If you’ll sometimes rather be driven than do the driving yourself, or if you simply want an SUV with maximum second-row comfort for your family, our rankings can help you select the perfect model.

BuzzScore
Design
Performance
MPG
Interior
Infotainment
Reliability
Safety
Value
#1
2020 BMW X7
#1
BMW X7
9
BuzzScore
8
Design
9
Performance
8
MPG
10
Interior
10
Infotainment
8
Reliability
10
Safety
9
Value
#2
2020 Lincoln Aviator
8.8
BuzzScore
10
Design
9
Performance
8
MPG
9
Interior
8
Infotainment
9
Reliability
9
Safety
8
Value
#3
2020 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid
8.8
BuzzScore
10
Design
9
Performance
9
MPG
8
Interior
8
Infotainment
9
Reliability
9
Safety
8
Value
#4
2019 Tesla Model X
8.8
BuzzScore
6
Design
10
Performance
10
MPG
8
Interior
10
Infotainment
7
Reliability
10
Safety
9
Value
#5
2019 Tesla Model X Performance
8.8
BuzzScore
6
Design
10
Performance
10
MPG
8
Interior
10
Infotainment
7
Reliability
10
Safety
9
Value
#6
2020 Volkswagen Atlas
8.3
BuzzScore
8
Design
7
Performance
7
MPG
10
Interior
9
Infotainment
8
Reliability
9
Safety
8
Value
#7
2020 Ford Explorer
8.3
BuzzScore
7
Design
9
Performance
7
MPG
8
Interior
9
Infotainment
8
Reliability
10
Safety
8
Value
#8
2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid
8.3
BuzzScore
7
Design
8
Performance
8
MPG
8
Interior
9
Infotainment
8
Reliability
10
Safety
8
Value
#9
2019 GMC Acadia
8.1
BuzzScore
7
Design
7
Performance
8
MPG
9
Interior
8
Infotainment
8
Reliability
9
Safety
9
Value
#10
2020 Land Rover Defender
8.1
BuzzScore
10
Design
8
Performance
6
MPG
8
Interior
9
Infotainment
8
Reliability
8
Safety
8
Value
#11
2019 Cadillac Escalade ESV
8.1
BuzzScore
7
Design
8
Performance
7
MPG
9
Interior
8
Infotainment
10
Reliability
8
Safety
8
Value
#12
2019 Subaru Ascent
8
BuzzScore
7
Design
7
Performance
7
MPG
8
Interior
9
Infotainment
9
Reliability
9
Safety
8
Value
#13
2020 Buick Enclave
7.8
BuzzScore
6
Design
6
Performance
7
MPG
8
Interior
8
Infotainment
9
Reliability
9
Safety
9
Value
#14
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL
7.5
BuzzScore
9
Design
7
Performance
5
MPG
7
Interior
8
Infotainment
7
Reliability
9
Safety
8
Value
#15
2019 Dodge Durango SRT
7.5
BuzzScore
8
Design
10
Performance
3
MPG
8
Interior
9
Infotainment
7
Reliability
7
Safety
8
Value
#16
2019 Dodge Durango
7.4
BuzzScore
7
Design
7
Performance
6
MPG
8
Interior
9
Infotainment
7
Reliability
7
Safety
8
Value
#17
2020 Acura MDX
#17
Acura MDX
7.3
BuzzScore
8
Design
7
Performance
7
MPG
7
Interior
6
Infotainment
7
Reliability
9
Safety
7
Value
#18
2019 Acura MDX Hybrid
7.3
BuzzScore
8
Design
7
Performance
8
MPG
6
Interior
6
Infotainment
7
Reliability
9
Safety
7
Value
#19
2019 Infiniti QX80
7
BuzzScore
6
Design
6
Performance
6
MPG
7
Interior
7
Infotainment
8
Reliability
8
Safety
8
Value
#20
2020 Lexus GX
#20
Lexus GX
6.5
BuzzScore
5
Design
5
Performance
5
MPG
8
Interior
5
Infotainment
10
Reliability
8
Safety
6
Value
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