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#111 of 149 Re: Help! 7 passenger, 3 middle seats, under 25K??! [bobw3]
May 18, 2006 (6:48 am)
Then how did you get into the 3rd row, if you did not fold and flip forward the 2nd row?
I folded, and then climbed over. The sales man was not at all familiar with the model so there might have been an easier way, I just didn't see it.
Suzuki is off the radar, the closest dealership is a good 25 minutes away. Too bad.
#112 of 149 Re: Help! 7 passenger, 3 middle seats, under 25K??! [njmom91]
May 18, 2006 (8:55 am)
Okay...well if you just folded it and climbed over the 2nd row seat, I can see how it was difficult. The whole 2nd row seat flips forward and when you do that it's really easy to get in the 3rd row.
#113 of 149 Re: Help! 7 passenger, 3 middle seats, under 25K??! [bobw3]
May 18, 2006 (10:38 am)
Concur. As a Freestyle owner with a 2nd row bench, third row and 3 kids, it is one of the easiest vehicles to access the third row (minivans aside where access can be done between the seats). The split bench simply folds up. It is better IMO than Volvo XC90, Pilot or Highlander. The FS also has more usable leg and headroom in the 3rd row than these three - and least expensive. I think you will find that Suzuki, Rav4, Equinox, Torrent etc etc are all much smaller.
Suggest a relook - with a salesperson who knows how the seats work.
On another note, all our 3 kids grew up in the middle row of a Volvo wagon (third row in the back) and we are still using it. Even had three child seats across the middle at one time. Doubt it fits the $25k criteria though.
#114 of 149 Re: Help! 7 passenger, 3 middle seats, under 25K??! [stmss]
May 18, 2006 (5:24 pm)
Went to another dealership, this time the guy knew what he was doing and not only showed me the flip and fold feature, but how easy it is to put back. Really makes a difference.
Got a price quote but I'll post that in the Ford Forum.
Jun 12, 2006 (6:31 am)
my neighbor just bought a Mazda 5. while it only holds six it is compact enough to get through traffic nicely. Might be a thought of some moms
#116 of 149 Re: Help! 7 passenger, 3 middle seats, under 25K??! [njmom91]
Oct 10, 2006 (7:51 am)
Also try the Mitsubishi Endeavor or Montero. Reliability is a plus on those models.
#117 of 149 Mom needs to Upsize!
Dec 27, 2006 (11:14 pm)
Help, I don't know what to buy. I have 2 toddlers and until lately, the youngest has been in her infant seat and can sit in the middle so we can still take one extra passenger with us. She is now ready for a bigger seat so the two will have to be seperated, plus, my brother-in-law is moving in and will need rides.
I need something that has that 3rd set of seats. What do you like, SUV or Van?
#118 of 149 Re: Mom needs to Upsize! [songb33]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Dec 28, 2006 (7:55 am)
Personally, I prefer the crossover with 3rd row seating. The one that comes to mind is the Pacifica. 2nd row seats are separate, 3rd row is a bench seat.
#119 of 149 Re: Mom needs to Upsize! [songb33]
Dec 28, 2006 (9:36 am)
The bliss of have room to separate fighting siblings, plus escorting not just one but probably more of their friends, added to the ease of getting car seats in and out, and the requirement that the 3rd row be something that growing children can sit in, can only be solved by a minivan. Bite the bullet! You'll love yourself. And after they are all in high school and driving themselves around, you can drive something fun again!
#120 of 149 Re: Mom needs to Upsize! [songb33]
Dec 28, 2006 (1:49 pm)
Having been there and done that, I'd suggest a minivan for this reason alone: if your back starts to bother you (and mine did after carrying arounda sick toddler all day) you can actually kneel in the minivan and fasten your tykes into their car seats. Better yet, with some, you can put down one of the middle seats and kneel-walk on the floor to put on seat belts instead of the contortions you usually go through with SUV's to put them on.
Plus most mini's get much better gas mileage than SUV's.
Now that my kids are older and can put on their own seat belts, I have a Freestyle which is moderately priced AND has a reasonable amount of room behind that third row. And still better mileage, on average, than a full SUV.