2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Third-Row Seating Means Limited Cargo Space
September 27, 2013
When it comes to mid-size crossovers and SUVs, an optional third row of seats is crucial to success. Anyone with more than two kids wants the extra row, so now we have vehicles like the Santa Fe which offer both two- and three-row versions.
As nice as it is to have that third row, I don't think most people realize how much it cuts into cargo space. With the rearmost seats up, there's not much room for anything else. Most of the time this isn't a problem, you either need the extra seats or you fold them down for more cargo.
But if you're on a family vacation and plan to use the whole third row, you'll need to invest in a roof top carrier for the rest of your luggage. Either that, or leave one person at home so you can fold down half of the third row to reclaim some extra cargo space.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 6,732 miles