Captain Chairs Not an Option

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As a parent of 3 children I think Rivian would attract more buyers if they offered two captain chairs in the second row and three seats in the third row. Does anyone agree? I'm considering the gas-powered Yukon just for this configuration.





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Their chat representatives confirmed that they will not offer it.
 

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Yes, they would be nice. It's understandable though that they don't want the added production complexity of two different styles of second row seats.
 

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Its the only pitfall I have with the whole vehicle. When you got carseats, you need that pass through
 

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Supposedly the 2nd row is on rails, and can slide forward/back, with access to the 3rd row with car seats
 

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As a parent of 3 children I think Rivian would attract more buyers if they offered two captain chairs in the second row and three seats in the third row. Does anyone agree? I'm considering the gas-powered Yukon just for this configuration.
4 kids here: 1 bucket, 1 forward harness and 2 boosters. Rivian indicated the 2nd row bench will have the car seat safe tilt feature (See the thread on latch points with the CAD drawing) - even better than a passthrough IMO, it allows you to put 3 in the second row and get more cargo space when you need it.

As for 3 in the third row, thats more an issue of overall size and design...Will probably have to wait for GM/Ford to switch their full size SUVs to EV to get that...
 

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As a parent of 3 children I think Rivian would attract more buyers if they offered two captain chairs in the second row and three seats in the third row. Does anyone agree? I'm considering the gas-powered Yukon just for this configuration.
The new Grand Cherokee L is worth a look too. 3-row, captains chairs for the 2nd row, looks really well-appointed (massage front seats is one of the standouts that Rivian does not offer), and it's a Jeep. The top-of-line Summit trim starts at $60k, but there are upcharges for some drivers' assistance features, premium sound, and a more powerful engine.

If there was a plug-in hybrid version I'd definitely have my head turned ...
 

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The new Grand Cherokee L is worth a look too. 3-row, captains chairs for the 2nd row, looks really well-appointed (massage front seats is one of the standouts that Rivian does not offer), and it's a Jeep. The top-of-line Summit trim starts at $60k, but there are upcharges for some drivers' assistance features, premium sound, and a more powerful engine.

If there was a plug-in hybrid version I'd definitely have my head turned ...
I know Jeep only confirmed the new non L version will have a PHEV...,but I would think it should become an option on the L at some point.

Speaking of a PHEV with massage seats and a passthrough/captain chairs second row setup, what about the Aviator Grand Touring?
 

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I know Jeep only confirmed the new non L version will have a PHEV...,but I would think it should become an option on the L at some point.

Speaking of a PHEV with massage seats and a passthrough/captain chairs second row setup, what about the Aviator Grand Touring?
Hadn't seen that one before - upon first glance it looks like it could be a good option. The only major drawbacks I see are starting price (right at the Explore R1S level) and pretty much no off-road chops. The electric-only mileage of 21 is also on the low side.
 

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4 kids for us as well. Agreed, lack of 2nd row captain chair option very disappointing. Works so much better. Maybe will have to wait for RJ to have a couple more kids before that gets rolled out.

I chat w CS weekly about this topic and they aren't even pretending that it will be considered any more. Definitely not for launch. Might have to be a model X or XC90 recharge/EV for us and watch where Rivian goes w this.
 

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Three kids here and I have always made sure to get our SUVs with the three seats across in the middle. I know a lot of people like the captains chairs so they can keep the kids separated and so they can access the third row without folding a seat. I want all the kids there so I can fold down the third row for max gear, cargo, and the Labrador.
 

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