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If you require seating for six or seven, you'll probably need a third row. But at the moment that you realize you need more than five seating positions, your entire range of vehicle possibilities becomes much more limited.
Getting a third row often involves settling for a much larger vehicle that's unwieldy to park and maneuver—especially if you live in a more congested, urban area.
Turns out, you don't have to get settle for a embarrassing plus-size SUV or even a significantly larger vehicle to get that third row. As long as you're only planning to carry kids in the third row, you'll do just fine with one of several easy-to-park vehicles that might even fit in a compact-only space.
To single out the most compact vehicles with third-row seats, we simply looked at overall length and width. Turning diameter might matter sometimes, but ultimately overall size is what's important.
Don't forget to consider outward visibility, too. With those third-row seats, can you see out when you're parking or changing lanes? And if you'll be putting a booster or child seat back there, can it mount in the third row and how easily? Also, how easily can you reach back to the third row when needed?
Consider those questions as part of your vehicle shopping, and click through for the smallest, easiest parking vehicles with third-row seats.