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Having a third row of seats is great when you need to carry more than five people, but most crossover SUVs (and some full-size models) promise more than they deliver as far as space for those assigned to the rear.

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Among crossovers that are better than most are the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander because both have second-row seats that slide fore and aft. If second-row passengers are willing to give up some legroom, the ones sitting in the third row won’t be crammed in like sardines in a can. The Highlander’s second row is split 40/20/40, and the center section is removable, so you can have two captain’s chairs in the middle, plus the passenger-side seat has a walk-in feature that makes access to the third row easier.

The Ford Flex also has sliding second-row seats when you order the optional captain’s chairs (instead of the standard three-seat bench). The Ford Explorer’s third row has enough space for someone who is about 5-foot-10, but the second row is surprisingly short on room.

Because adults come in all sizes and shapes, your best bet is to get up close and personal with some of these crossovers to see which offer the best accommodations for your passengers.

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Answered by Rick Popely on November 14, 2012 in What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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