10 Best Used SUVs with Captain’s Chairs
The typical three-row SUV offers a second-row bench seat with seating for three passengers, but that’s not your only choice. There are some SUVs that have second-row captain’s chairs as an optional feature. This allows seating for only two people in the second row, but with some definite perks.
Captain’s chairs are more comfortable than bench seats and the space in between provides easy access to the third row. It also nicely separates siblings, so everyone has their own space. Here are the 10 best used SUVs with captain’s chairs.
2016 Buick Enclave
The 2016 Buick Enclave is an entry-level luxury SUV available in three trim levels with standard second-row captain’s chairs featuring SmartSlide. Simply lift a lever and those seats slide forward providing easier access to the third row. Second-row passengers get a roomy 39.4 inches of headroom and 36.8 inches of legroom. This year’s Enclave marked the debut of OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot and the ability to connect up to seven devices. There’s also an available rear seat entertainment system so the whole family can stay connected and entertained. The optional dual moonroof keeps the cabin open and airy no matter where you sit.
2017 Dodge Durango
The 2017 Dodge Durango comes standard with seating for five passengers but add the optional third row and the second row becomes captain’s chairs. Two car seats can be latched into those seats making it easy to transport the kids and there’s a wide passthrough for getting back to the third row. Second-row passengers enjoy 39.8 inches of headroom and 38.6 inches of legroom.
There’s also an available rear seat entertainment system with high-resolution 9-inch screens on the backs of the front seats. Passengers can watch movies or even play games with integrated inputs for HDMI cables or RCAs. It includes wireless headphones and a remote, so the kids stay happy while you enjoy the quiet.
2015 Chevrolet Traverse
The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse is available in three trim levels with second-row captain’s chairs featuring SmartSlide. This slides the chairs up and forward simply by lifting a lever and provides easier access for passengers climbing in and out of the third row. There are two USB ports on the back of the center console and a total of 12 cupholders so everyone has a spot for drinks. Options include a rear-seat entertainment system to keep the kids busy.
This is a roomy SUV with 39.4 inches of headroom and 36.8 inches of legroom in the second row. Even third row passengers will be comfortable with 37.8 inches of headroom and 33.2 inches of legroom.
2017 GMC Yukon
The 2017 GMC Yukon offers second-row captain’s chairs and is available in a wide range of configurations and trims including long wheelbase models with extra room for passengers and cargo. Second-row passengers get 38.7 inches of headroom and 39.0 inches of legroom in the Yukon. Go with the Yukon XL and those numbers grow to 39.1 inches of headroom and 39.7 inches of legroom.
There's tri-zone automatic climate control and 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot. The available rear-seat Blu-ray/DVD entertainment system includes a remote control and an overhead display, so everyone can see. There are also two pairs of wireless headphones, HDMI inputs, and two USB ports for second-row passengers.
2015 Infiniti QX80
The 2015 Infiniti QX80 offers standard second-row captain’s chairs that include a center console with two cupholders and two storage bins. There’s also a tip-up function for easy third-row access and tri-zone automatic climate control. There are nine cupholders total in the QX80 and four door-pocket bottle holders for holding plenty of drinks. Leather seating is standard making cleanup of any spills easier.
The available rear-seat Theater Package includes dual 7-inch color monitors with automatic light adjustment to account for daytime, clouds/evening, and night/tunnel lighting. It comes with two pairs of wireless headphones, a wireless remote, auxiliary jacks, and a 120-volt power outlet.
2015 Nissan Armada
The 2015 Nissan Armada is available in three trims with a standard second-row bench seat, but captain’s chairs and a removable second-row console are available exclusively on the top Platinum trim. This well-equipped trim level includes standard leather seats, a power-folding third row, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. It features two 7-inch DVD monitors mounted in the backs of the front headrests, two USB ports, two wireless headphones, and a remote controller.
This roomy choice has 40 inches of headroom and 41.9 inches of legroom for second-row passengers. The third row is slightly elevated for improved comfort and features 35.9 inches of headroom and 32.2 inches of legroom.
2016 Toyota Highlander
The 2016 Toyota Highlander features second-row captain’s chairs with a folding side table as a standard feature on the top Limited and Limited Platinum where they’re also heated. They’re available as an option on the XLE. There’s three-zone automatic climate control with a second-row control panel and both second- and third-row vents.
An available rear-seat Blu-ray DVD entertainment system features a 9-inch display, RCA jacks, remote control, and two pairs of wireless headphones. Passengers can stretch out with 39.9 inches of headroom and 38.4 inches of legroom in the second row and 35.9 inches of headroom and 27.7 inches of legroom in the third row.
2017 Toyota Sequoia
The 2017 Toyota Sequoia is available in three trim levels and much like the trees its named after, this is a big vehicle. There’s 34.9 inches of headroom and 40.9 inches of legroom for second-row passengers with 34.5 inches of headroom and 35.3 inches of legroom for those in the third row. Available in three trim levels, captain’s chairs are optional for the Limited and standard on the top Platinum trim. The captain’s chairs are also heated with leather trim.
There are up to 18 cupholders throughout the Sequoia with standard three-zone front and rear climate control. The second and third row also feature retractable window sunshades. An available rear-seat entertainment system includes a 9-inch display, two wireless headphones, and remote.
2017 GMC Acadia
The 2017 GMC Acadia is offered in four trims including the luxurious Denali. Second-row captain’s chairs are standard on all but the base models of the Acadia. They feature SmartSlide, which tilts the seats up and slides them forward to provide easier access to the third row at the touch of a lever. It also allows positioning of those seats further back to provide extra legroom when no one is in the third row.
The back of the center console provides automatic climate control for second-row passengers, a pullout console drawer for storage, 5 USB ports and a 120-volt outlet. The available rear-seat entertainment system includes dual LCD monitors and DVD players, wireless headphones, remote control, and USB and RCA inputs.
2016 Chevrolet Suburban
The 2016 Chevrolet Suburban is available in three trims with captain’s chairs as an option on the mid-range LT and standard on the top LTZ trim. They are heated and power-folding and there’s a power-folding third row. There’s 38.1 inches of headroom and 39.7 inches of legroom in the second row. The third row gets 38.5 inches of headroom and 34.5 inches of legroom.
The optional DVD/Blu-ray rear-seat entertainment system includes an overhead display, four pairs of wireless headphones, auxiliary audio/video input jacks, and a USB port. There’s also a third row DVD screen included as a part of this system. Tri-zone automatic climate control keeps everyone comfortable and there are multiple 12-volt outlets, including one in the third row.