Do You Really Need That Third Row?

Do You Really Need That Third Row?

Vehicles with third-row seating are tempting for families, but not everyone needs that extra row. Before you commit to a third-row vehicle, consider a few pros and cons.


More Space

The obvious benefit to a third-row vehicle is the extra space. Vans and SUVs with this addition can fit seven or more people, which is a must for commuters with a large family. There’s also the option to fold the seats flat or remove the bench entirely. This can provide extra space to carry a lot of cargo. However, even if you don’t need to pack the vehicle to capacity, many drivers simply appreciate the comfort of a roomy space while on the road.

Less Fuel Economy and a Higher MSRP

Vehicles with a third row tend to be larger, which means they’re also heavier. So if you purchase one of these vans or SUVs, it will cost you some fuel efficiency. This will be amplified if you need those seats to carry a lot of people or cargo. Also, note that third-row vehicles typically have a higher starting sticker price compared to their smaller counterparts.

Less Maneuverability

Because these vehicles are larger, maneuvering them can be difficult. Parking can be challenging or even impossible in some situations, and bigger cars generally have a wider turning radius.

Though there are some drawbacks, there’s no denying the benefit of extra space for those who need it. If the ability to travel with more people or carry more cargo is worth it to you, you’ll love a third-row vehicle.

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