My lease is up in May and i'm looking at options for something with a third row and 2nd row captains chairs


Hi All. new here. My 2017 Highlander XLE lease is up in May. Currently paying 399/mo for 36mo/12k per year with $0 down and only first month due at signing. I’m looking at lease options for something with a third row so I’ve been looking at the Telluride EX , Palisade SEL, Explorer XLT, Pilot Touring, Atlas and possibly the Sienna (AWD) or a newer Highlander. I need the walk through of the captains chairs since the kids car seats are installed and the seats cant be moved. . I cant find any deals close to what Im paying now for the above options. Or im not looking in the right place. When i turn in the current lease it will have roughly 15K miles less than expected at lease end so i could buy it at the residual since i have a bit of equity. Or sell it but that sounds like a pain. And i want something new. Are there any killer lease deals going on in the Massachusetts area? thx!

There are many factor that change from 3yrs ago so to try to get the same type of deal today as you did in 2017 may or may not be possible.
Do a search on the forum for the vehicles you’re interested in and see what kind of deals are being done in recent weeks. Go to Edmunds to find out the current MF, RV and incentives available with your zip and vehicle trim. You’ll need to know those numbers before you start negotiating anyway.

You can also use a broker if you don’t want or are unable to put the time in. @Bostoncarconcierge is a broker from MA who deals with some of those brands so you can reach out to him. He can do the work for you and you’ll know it’ll be a nice deal. However, rightfully so there is a fee for his time.

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I am searching for the same criteria as you and so far the Volvo XC 90 is leading the pack for me. Another one I didn’t see in your list that you could check out is the Mazda CX-9. Both of those vehicles have three rows and introduced captains chairs for this year.

Use the search function- leasing SUVs with third rows has been discussed many many many many times in the past few months. I know more about car seats than I ever wanted or will ever need to just from those discussions.

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Second the CX9 , there are some crazy good March CX9 deals from some of the brokers in marketplace.

Ford explorer lease well nowadays lots of deals shared on forum $350-400

how do you find these brokers?

Just a heads up on the captains seats
CX9 - there is a large (like huge) console between them so it is not conducive to climb-through like Highlander you are coming from.
2020 Highlander - has one as well but it is pretty small/low instead of the fold-up cup holders like the previous models. Can be stepped over pretty easily.
Pilot - can be easily stepped over but isn’t a clear path (pretty much the same as the 2020 Highlander)
Palisade - nice clear path
Telluride EX - no captains chairs on EX (need S or SX) - nice clear path
Atlas - nice clear path
Explorer - kind of the same as Pilot and Highlander - a little more bulky but still step-over-able

I understand there is the option to move the seats forward when climbing in/out. Easy for older kids of course but being able to just climb in and get to the back through the middle of the captains seats has been super helpful on our 2017 Sienna. (5 and 2.5 year old kids)

Hope this helps!

Hey - Take a look at the Mazda deal I have posted - maybe I can help you out if you wanted to come down in the metro-nyc area.

thx for the info. i need that walk through area since the chairs have car seats installed and cant be moved to allow people to get in the back.

no problem!

Also, for your Highlander - run it through Vroom to see what they would offer. I had a great experience with them offloading my way-over-miles Impreza. Toyotas with AWD have pretty good resale here in MA so you should definitely be in the plus.

The Atlas has captains chairs that can be moved and tilted forward to allow for third row access without having to remove the child seats. Quite useful.

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In the Marketplace section.

Yes on S and SX have 7 seats

Did you search the forum? All of those models have been discussed before.

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CX9 isn’t a three row SUV.

It’s a 2 row SUV with a weird partition design in the cargo area.

It literally has a third row of seats.

After driving one for a few years, I can definitively state that it does not. They just designed the cargo partition to look like seats because they’re certainly not useful for putting people in.

It’s also a miserable vehicle.

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Guessing he is trolling because he doesn’t like the vehicle.

Third row example and screenshot of captains chairs

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Obviously there’s some hyperbole in what I’m saying, but the point is is that the CX9 isn’t as large as the competition and the 3rd row isn’t particularly useful for anything but being folded down and used as a larger storage area.

And yes, I don’t like the vehicle. Had one for 2 years and was so happy to get rid of it.