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#118 of 149 Re: Mom needs to Upsize! [songb33]
by kirstie_h HOST
Dec 28, 2006 (8:55 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 (10:36 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 (2:49 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.
#121 of 149 Here are some to consider with THREE rows of seating:
Dec 28, 2006 (3:40 pm)
Never sat in the third row, but it is very nice inside. The ride is good. This is a very underrated vehicle in my opinion. It is one of the best at what it does.
No need to say anything else about this vehicle and its siblings. Fuel economy as good as minivans. Most space in their respective classes. Only this one is on sale right now.
There is a large real-life gallery of pictures here:
But here is an animation of how the seats work:
I will post pictures later of the GMC Acadia, which should be out later.
Another vehicle to consider would be the Mazda CX-9, something I am surprised I have not heard much about. It looks very good!:
Oh, yes! It's a pretty one for sure.
I'll look for Pacifica pictures if you want. Those should be easy to get these days. (Both he pictures and the cars.)
#122 of 149 Pacifica or Mercedes-Benz R-Class Wagon
Dec 28, 2006 (3:59 pm)
May 30, 2007 (7:49 am)
We're expecting our first child in november, and we have 2 dogs (boxer and a lab) that will occasionally travel with us. We like the freestyle, but a friend just recommended the mazda 5, any thoughts?
#124 of 149 Re: Baby on the way [birdsondabat]
May 30, 2007 (7:55 am)
You certainly shouldn't go wrong with a Mazda 5. Nice car.
Without having tested a Freestyle I will tell you one thing. If you are buying new it will take an enormous depreciation hit right off the bat. In addition to the normal hit new domestics and some other makes take you have the additional factor of Ford's dropping the Freestyle name in the fall. This doesn't make the Freestyle a bad car - not at all. It just lowers the value of it if you want to sell because in general people don't like buying a car that is no longer made and most won't realize that the new TaurusX is just the Freestyle.
#125 of 149 Re: Baby on the way [fezo]
May 30, 2007 (8:06 am)
I went with the freestyle because with three kids I wanted to have the option of have all three sit in the middle row. Cars with three seats in the middle are limited, esp. at an under 25K price point.
If I didn't have that requirement I would have JUMPED on the chance to get a Mazda. The mazda's we've had we've LOVED, drive nicely, good/reasonable gas milage. Actually planning to get the five when this lease is done and my oldest is large/old enough to sit up front.
My only concern for you is space. If you frequently travel with kid and dogs AND all the kid accesories - esp a stroller which can take up quite a chunk of cargo space - the 5 might be small. I'd suggest snagging a stroller from a friend (or if you have one, use it) and go see how it fits in the car and then figure if you'll have enough space. If it is not that frequently, probably not an issue.
Good luck and congratulations.
p.s. be sure the stroller you 'size' is the kind you can attach the car seat to - not the typical umbrella stroller you see older babies (toddlers, really0 in. Trust me, there will be many times it'll be easier to keep the baby in the pumpkin/rear facing car seat to get to and from the car, than transfer it out of that seat!
#126 of 149 Re: Baby on the way [njmom91]
May 30, 2007 (9:50 am)
You sound perfect for the Freestyle. We went one more kid than that and suddenly options limit in a hurry! Put us in minivan territory.
#127 of 149 Accessing 3rd row w/o moving car seats
Aug 29, 2007 (4:32 pm)
We have 2 children in car seats and want a mid-sized SUV or crossover that has a third row seat that can be accessed without having to move the car seats. We want to basically treat the car seats as permanent fixtures in the second row. Any recommendations? We are trying to avoid monster SUVs like the Expedition, etc., and of course the very un-hip minivans (please keep your opinions to yourself if you like minivans).
The best 3rd row seat arrangement we have seen to suit this purpose is in the old Land Rovers, where you could just walk around the back and step up through the back door by a hydraulic step. Those vehicles were a little too tall for us, however, and the second row doors didn't have much room to get kids in and out.
We are about to purchase a car (preferably used), so we need to know all the possible options in order to decide upon the one we like best. Therefore, your thoroughness in responding would be greatly appreciated.