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Toyota RAV4 Third Row Seating

robertfykerobertfyke Posts: 3
edited March 10 in Toyota
We are considering purchasing a RAV4 with the optional third row of seats.

I'd like to know what owners who have this option think about it. Was it worth the expense? Is it comfortable? Would you do it again?

Thanks for your help!


  • jonesy30jonesy30 Posts: 2
    We're interested in the 2006 V6 Limited with third row seat, but were told at the dealership today that they don't have one, nor can they get one (implying that they're not being made, or that we'd have to have one built expecially for us).

    Has anyone actually found one/driven one/bought one? We're in Boston if that makes a difference!

    Thanks :-)
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Were you looking for Toyota RAV4 or Toyota RAV4 2006+?

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  • jonesy30jonesy30 Posts: 2
    We're looking at the 2006 (or whatever's the latest model by the time we get around to actually making a decision!) :shades:
  • 96gc1owner96gc1owner Posts: 54
    I have sent requests for quotes to dealers in the D.C., Atlanta and Oklahoma area on this vehicle and have had no one step up to offer me one at any price. I am glad I have time to wait and order a 2007 when they are available.
  • sayers1sayers1 Posts: 42
    I'm from upstate NY. Took 2 months to find one, but had to drive to MD to get it. DARCARS. V6 Limited 4x4, 3rd row, airbags, etc. etc. They exist, but super hard to find. I got it for about $1000 under MSRP, so expect to pay a premium, as there aren't many to come by. We LOVE it. Well worth the battle.
  • macatomacato Posts: 2
    Help! I've lost everything in the stupid hurricane, so I'm looking for a very inexpensive vehicle that i can add the third row seats. I've heard about the RAV4. Any other suggestions.?
  • macatomacato Posts: 2
    I'm looking for an inexpensive vehicle that offers a third row seat. Does the Chevy HHR? What wagons offer a third row seat? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,017
    Try posting in the SUV vs. Minivans (SUVs & Vans Boards) discussion - third row seating comes up in there pretty often (you can use the Search This Discussion tool there or just skim the posts while waiting for responses).

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  • Doesn't RAV4 count? I got one with V6, side airbags and towing package for $24650. I would say it's inexpensive.
  • It's only comfortable for 2 kids.
    However, the 3rd row option also gets you firmer rear springs, rear sway bar, 17' aluminium wheels, and 500 lbs bigger payload.
    I got it and it's worth the expense, but hard to find.
  • devgundevgun Posts: 3
    It is good for 2 kids or an adult (for shorter distcances)with kids in second is "worth it" for me but it was a difficult to find car.
  • andrelaplumeandrelaplume Posts: 934
    Would have liked it but it was not worth the wait. I am not so sure about those aluminum wheels...though they were an option. Not having the seat does yeild one positive...there are 2 storage areas below the floor and one is quite large...great for storage both on vacations and to keep things out of the way.
  • jwatmkejwatmke Posts: 3
    I have been looking around a lot for an '06 with the third row - but have been unable to find any with leather... is Toyota not offering leather with a third row option?
  • Third row seat option RAV4 does not come in leather in any of the models.
  • Check out the 2007 Hyundai Sante Fe w/touring has third row seats and the interior is much better than RAV4. I ended up purchasing a 2007 RAV4 Limited 4x4 V6 w/third row option for $27,000 after much research because of the reliability of Toyota.
  • Super hard to find a RAV4/Limited/V6/3rd row. After two months of research, there were only (2) 2007 and (1) 2006 RAV4 with the above options among 9 dealers in the Sacramento, CA region in the week I bought a car. I had to get my least favorite color (black) but it was $1749 under MSRP($28,749).
  • amit5amit5 Posts: 1
    We are leaning towards a 2007 Rav4 base model with third row seats.

    But can the 166 hp V4 engine haul a fully-loaded 7- seater with ease? Or, is a V6 an absolute must-have?

    I'll be needing the third row only occasionally -mainly for within-city driving with small kids.

  • We want to go in for a compact SUV, with option to seat 4 aduts + 2 kids in car seats once in a while.
    We are looking at buying a RAV 4. But the key issue is that we need it for 2 adults, and 2 kids in car seats (3 year and New Born).
    With 2 adults, and 2 kids in car seats, will we have enough space to seat 2 more adults once in a while ?
    Can the 2nd row accomodate 2 car seats and 1 adult, and then one adult in the 3rd row ?
  • Unless you are talking about a VERY short ride (and a fairly short adult for that matter), you will NOT want to subject an adult passenger to the RAV4's 3rd row seating.
    And personally, I would not put a newborn back there either, since I seriously doubt those seats are as secure in a crash as the 2nd row seating would be.
  • Amit5: The consensus on forums like this one seems to be that you just can't go wrong with the V6, and while the I4 might do fine on flat terrain under a full load, a V6 would have no problem even on steep grades. ;)
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