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.