We have 3 kids and it was surprisingly a pain to locate a 2018 Platinum with a bench. Finally found one. We had 3 car seats in a row in our old 08 model, now down to just 1 car seat. It's much easier to load up on the bench than to deal with folding the seats to get to the back. Plus I like the utility of tossing sports bags in the back. Really only bring up the third row for long road trips, or if kids have friends with them.
Plus, there's so much room with all seats folded that you lose with that center console on the captain's chairs. Speaking of that, my only complaint so far of the 2018 vs our old 2008 is that the seats don't actually fold completely flat. The 18 seats have a slope to them.