2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

Hyundai Santa Fe: Seats Six

July 26, 2013

 Hyundai Santa Fe

Our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has captain's chairs for its second row. So, despite being a large SUV/crossover thingy, it only seats six instead of seven.

If you are going out somewhere with five adults, someone gets relegated to the third row, which Phil Reed already reviewed here.

Captain's chairs in the second row are rather nice when you only have two back-seat passengers. Each rider gets his own personal space. But in a vehicle of this size, is it practical?

What would you rather have? Second row captain's chairs that seat two or a second-row bench that can hold three across and consequently a total of seven passengers.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor


  • dtoye dtoye Posts:

    This is the same setup in mini vans. I think it is the way to go, at least for my situation. I person with long legs could seat in the middle of the 3rd row and stretch their long legs.

  • sharpend sharpend Posts:

    Simple. If you want second row Captain's chairs get a minivan! The third row in a minivan is much better than anything in these three-row mid-size SUV poser mobiles.

  • carfreak13 carfreak13 Posts:

    @dtoye the only problem with what you are saying is that this, and many other suv' only have two seats in the third row. thats why it only seats six passengers

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    Agree with the post. In a family with 4 kids where two of the kids are in car seats, then captains chairs make sense. The car seats can go in the second row and the other kids can get to the third row easily. But for other situations, I'd much rather have the additional seat.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    +1 sharpend.

  • Definitely prefer the captain's chairs, and wish they were available in my Journey (although the flexible seating is still pretty great). If more three-row, non-minivan vehicles had this, then the third row would be used a lot more!

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Captain's chairs really kill the argument that you bought a behemoth SUV because you needed the room to fit people. All that extra weight and size, and you can only fit one more person than a mid-size sedan. My wagon can seat 8 in a pinch. That's how you fit a lot of people.

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