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RAV4 3rd row, Is it worth ?

Considering many have complained about crampped 3rd row seat, I am in dilemna if I should go for a 3rd row seat in my 2010 Base model.

to the folks who have 3rd seat and have used it, I would really appreciate the feedback.

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The 3rd row seat is designed for midgets, pets, and small children. I don't have one with the third row, but I have seen it. It's small, and it cuts into cargo space, especially what I value the most: the underfloor cargo space.
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If your purpose is to use it for occassions when you have visitors and there
are 6 of you who have to travel from point A to point B, then it is very useful.
You don't have to rent a van or bring 2 cars just to carry 6 to 7 passengers
including the driver.
In our case, yes it is very useful and no regrets at all. You can fold the seats
to the floor when not in use so cargo space is not an issue.
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If your purpose is to use it for occassions when you have visitors and there
are 6 of you who have to travel from point A to point B, then it is very useful.
You don't have to rent a van or bring 2 cars just to carry 6 to 7 passengers
including the driver.
In our case, yes it is very useful and no regrets at all. You can fold the seats
to the floor when not in use so cargo space is not an issue.
+1... and you get better rear springs. Also great place to put your crazy inlaws.

The only real downside is:
1) You are carrying extra weight so it effects your gas mileage
2) You lose that extra storage below
3) You don't get a tonneau cover
4) If you get a cargo tray, you'll need to fold it (or just take it out ahead of time) before you use the 3rd row
5) You will need to purchase floor mats for the back

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Yes for me it's useful but really depends on how often you believe you'll want/need to drive that 6th or 7th person. Obviously you'll lose out on
the storage space and have to drive around with the 50-60 lbs of extra gear.

I would definitely check it out in a show room to make sure the size of the 6th and 7th seats make sense for you.

Keep in mind that the cost will increase like 1k to 1.5k over a normal base. (ie 17" tires, tow prep, third row).

On not to mention it's harder to find so if that is a requirement then you won't be able to negotiate as hard.
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Yes for me it's useful but really depends on how often you believe you'll want/need to drive that 6th or 7th person. Obviously you'll lose out on
the storage space and have to drive around with the 50-60 lbs of extra gear.

I would definitely check it out in a show room to make sure the size of the 6th and 7th seats make sense for you.

Keep in mind that the cost will increase like 1k to 1.5k over a normal base. (ie 17" tires, tow prep, third row).

On not to mention it's harder to find so if that is a requirement then you won't be able to negotiate as hard.
Good points, but for me the 3rd row RAV4 was a good send as my wife insisted on 7-passenger vehicle (soccer mom like fashion) and the only viable alternatives were minivans (if one ignores Highlander, Subaru Tribeca, and Honda Pilot that I didn't like). I prefer RAV4 to a minivan.

And yes, the stiffer springs is a huge plus for people towing heavy things.
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The stiffer rear springs is a plus. Because of that i can do this ...


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The seats in the back are meant for two small children.
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The seats in the back are meant for two small children.
For safety reasons I would not put kids there. They are too close to the rear glass and if someone rear ends you, there's probably sufficient space to absorb the force but the glass is going to shatter(thanks to that rear tire). Inlaws on the otherhand....

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crumple zone

Isn't that 3rd row seat in the crumple zone?
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