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Well this is interesting

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I Believe its because it makes accessing the 3rd row more difficult. Of note, the top rated telluride doesn’t have a 2nd row center console. I know that may not mean much but I say it because it clearly is not a big deal if the most popular suv right now doesn’t have that console.
I get the sting of it though cause anytime they remove stuff and the price doesn’t reflect it, it sucks.
 
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Don't feel bad about it. Order the 3 person bench seat. It used to be a $500 upgrade and now is the same price as the captain's chairs. You'll never need to give that console a 2nd thought. I've never ridden back there but I've been told by the people that have that the bench is comfortable.
 
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Don't feel bad about it. Order the 3 person bench seat. It used to be a $500 upgrade and now is the same price as the captain's chairs. You'll never need to give that console a 2nd thought. I've never ridden back there but I've been told by the people that have that the bench is comfortable.
I don't think a second row console should ever concern anyone to that point. It offers nothing special. I went with captain chairs for the more luxurious, open feel, and I’ve been told kids love having their own seat. Hope it’s true. I curreny have a bench in my 17 explorer.
 
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I don't think a second row console should ever concern anyone to that point. It offers nothing special. I went with captain chairs for the more luxurious, open feel, and I’ve been told kids love having their own seat. Hope it’s true. I curreny have a bench in my 17 explorer.
The bench seat on the 20+ are actually usable for 3 people especially the middle person. Much more comfortable, roomier and wont leave a gap in the middle when you flatten the seats down.
 
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The bench seat on the 20+ are actually usable for 3 people especially the middle person. Much more comfortable, roomier and wont leave a gap in the middle when you flatten the seats down.
Yeah I’ve heard they improved it. Which is good! I think I could go either way. However I went captain chairs this go around. Seems like the ideal setup for kids from what I’ve heard from other parent drivers.
 
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Wish the middle bench seat would slide. I have a 2021 model and the left & right seats slide, but not the middle. So when the other two are moved back, the middle one juts out. :confused:
 
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I have a 2020 with the captains chairs second row. I agree with OP that the removal of the console is probably to make access to the third row easier. Makes sense. Probably a good idea. The 2nd row center console mostly offers two cup holders and since there are cupholders in the doors, that renders the cup holders in the console less necessary.
 


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