February 01, 2009,
K. asks from Westminster, MD on February 01, 2009
Seeking SUV That Fits 3 Car Seats
I need your feedback ! We have baby # 3 on the way and we need a SUV that will fit 3 car seats comfortably in the back. I also would like to have easy access to the kids, since I have to get them in and out of the car. I don't want a minivan though !
Is anyone in the same situation and found a great solution ? We are currently living abroad and we can't look around ourselves, but need a car fast once we get back....
B.B. answers from Dallas on February 01, 2009
You sound like my husband...VERY anti-minivan! I used to be the same way, until I had only one baby, 2 dogs, and a road trip! Then I realized a van is the way to go! We've looked at multiple suvs and vans at car shows, and the vans always have more space!!! They are easier to get in/out of, easier access to the far back seat, more comfortable (I think), they have more storage, not to mention the automatic doors they have on most new vans. After looking, my favorites are the Honda and Toyota vans. If you find an SUV with all of the perks of a minivan, please let us know!
J.E. answers from Dallas on February 01, 2009
I have a Sequoia and love it! But, my husband's work pays for his car and it is a minivan. We use it so much more than we do the SUV. It is so much more functional. I have two kids two and under and I don't have to worry about crawling over the front seat in long car rides when I am needed in the back! I know it isn't the easiest for many guys to stomach, but we wouldn't trade ours for anything and we are fortunate enough to have both....
J.T. answers from Dallas on February 01, 2009
personally, i'd suck it up and get a minivan, it's just SO much easier. any decent size SUV should fit three carseats, what you need to watch is what specific carseats you buy. i drive a minivan, and my kids are in britax carseats in there b/c they are, in my opinion, the absolute best carseats on the market(we have been unfortunate enough to test them out in one horrible crash). my husband drives a mits montero sport ltd, and we have sunshine kids radian 65 seats in there - those seats are made specifically to fit three across in a back row. take a look at those seats, and then when you move back, get in touch with a police dept/fire station, and have them help you with installation. good luck - i hope it helps!
C.M. answers from Dallas on February 01, 2009
I was very anti-minivan until pregnant with our third. At the time my other 2 were the same age as yours so they were still in big car seats. We now have a Honda Odyssey. While I still don't like minivans in general, there is something to be said about automatic sliding doors and being able to put 2 car seats in the back and one in the middle (and be able to buckle them easily). I have managed to put all 3 car seats in my old Trailblazer when the minivan was in the shop, but it was really hard to get everyone buckled in (my oldest is now in a booster). If you are still intent on an SUV, I know there are a bunch of multiples websites that have addressed your question. They might be of help. Congrats!
D.S. answers from Dallas on February 01, 2009
Have you checked the Tahoe or Yukon with bench seat on 2nd row (versus captain chairs).
K.C. answers from Dallas on February 01, 2009
I have 2 kiddos and a chevy avalanche. When we had our niece for a couple days I had 3 carseats in the backseat and they all fit. It didnt seem squished or anything like that. Plus in the very back is a good place for the strollers.
A. answers from Dallas on February 01, 2009
Are you hoping for all three seats on the same row, or are you planning on something with 2 seats in the back, and placing two car seats on one, and one on the other?? If you are trying to fit 3 in one seat..well good luck..you really have to base that more on the carseat than the car. And, while I know you dont want to..a minivan really would be your best bet. The reason is the door opens longer (if that makes sense) making it easier for you to get into the way back seat! They are also lower to the ground, with an SUV, you have to climb up into the car, and then climb over one seat to the other if you have multiple car seats. I have had 4, even 5 car seats in the back of my minivan (daycare:) and I know it can be done..but it is tricky! ~A.~