We took our first road trip with three kids. I must say it was a comfortable ride. Two of our kids are under 2 so on the return trip we had an adult in the third row to tend to them (one rear facing in the third row and one rear facing in the second row). I was surprised but I managed to actually sleep better back there than up front (fewer lights from oncoming cars, able to lean to side with a pillow). The third row is definitely conducive for an adult sitting upright, but it worked for sleeping. We had a rooftop cargo box and brought back a christmas tree (next to cargo box). I was quite happy with how smoothly the trip went and how comfortable the ride was.