What’s Better for Passengers: Captain’s Seats or Bench Seats?

April 13th, 2016 by

Bench Seats

2016 Kia Sorento Options Captain’s Seats or Bench Seating

There are some people in your life, who, when the opportunity first presents itself, will take a nap in the backseat. When they are presented with comfortable captain’s seats, that may make slumber on long family vacations even more enticing. But are these stand-alone seats really a good thing, or would it be better to have bench seating for your minivan or SUV?  We’re going to examine the 2016 Kia Sorento and its seating options to see which is best for your backseat passengers.

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Captain’s Seats Vs. Bench Seats

Captain’s Seats Vs. Bench Seats
Standalone chair which can recline, be adjusted by the user Comfort Linked to other seats in the SUV row
More room for second row passengers, may reduce space from eight passengers to seven Room More space for passengers overall
Easy access to third-row seats, increased comfort Additional Perks Extra features, like a fold-down armrest and extra cup holders, can be included
If three passengers, will lose some cargo room in third row Storage Increased storage options with consoles


It might look like we’re being a little negative about captain’s chairs, but far from it; they are very comfortable for a wide age range of passengers. Their biggest downfall is they reduce amount of passengers you can handle in your SUV.

On the other hand, the 2016 Kia Sorento doesn’t have captain’s chairs but it does come with bench seats, which allow for more passengers and will ensure that you have more cargo area options if you don’t have to take up an additional row in back for that third passenger who is squeezed out of the second row.

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Folding Seats

Ventilated Seats

Seating Options of the 2016 Sorento

The 2016 Sorento has a lot of nice seating options, including the child-friendly Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH), a universal attachment that makes it easy to fasten your children securely in their seat.

  • Second-row seats, 40/20/40 split folding – standard in all models.
  • Second-row seats, sliding and auto-folding.
    • Optional in LX models.
    • Standard in LX V6, EX V6, SX V6, Limited V6 models.
  • 50/50 folding third-row seats.
    • Optional in LX, standard in LX V6, EX V6, SX V6, Limited V6 models.
  • Ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats: Standard in Limited, Limited V6 models.
  • Heated front seats.
    • Optional in LX, LX V6 models.
    • Standard in EX, EX V6, SX V6, Limited, Limited V6 models.
  • Adjustable driver’s seat.
    • 14-way power: Standard in SX V6, Limited, Limited V6 models.
    • 8-way power: Optional in LX and LX V6, standard in EX, EX V6 models.

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Take a Backseat to No One at Patterson Kia of Wichita Falls

That’s a lot of nice seating options, and we have the rugged and fun Kia Sorento SUV on the lot at Patterson Kia of Wichita Falls, 2910 Old Jacksboro Highway in Wichita Falls TX. To get in touch with us please call (877) 763-7209 or visit us on the lot. For more information about local events or Kia releases check back here at the Patterson Kia of Wichita Falls blog.