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#94 of 149 Help! 7 passenger, 3 middle seats, under 25K??!
Mar 15, 2006 (11:49 am)
I have been looking through the boards and at automakers websites, and I just can't seem to find anything that has the capacity for 7 - don't need it all the time so smaller rear/stow away seats are fine! - with THREE of those seats being in the middle (i.e. a bench with shoulder harnesses -a must!) that at least lists under 25K.
Am I being delusional to think that there is one or does such a beast just not exist??
The trend seems to be bucket/captains in the middle which does NOT work for me
Thank you, thank you, thank you for any help. This has really been driving me nuts!
#95 of 149 Re: Help! 7 passenger, 3 middle seats, under 25K??! [njmom91]
Mar 15, 2006 (1:17 pm)
Well, Ford Freestyle has an option for a second row 60-40 foldable bench seat, so it will seat 7. I do not know if the middle seat of this second row bench has a shoulder harness available.
Shoulder harness is not quite as critical in the middle row of any back seat as there is virtually nothing to hit your head on in the event of a front impact, which is where the shoulder harness has its most effect.
If kept to the base model, Freestyle can be bought for south of $25K with the rebates that are available.
#96 of 149 Re: Help! 7 passenger, 3 middle seats, under 25K??! [badgerfan]
Mar 16, 2006 (8:13 am)
I have a Freestyle SE that can be bought for under $25K easily with dealer incentives. The middle seat in the 2nd row does have shoulder harness. I have 25,000 miles on the car and so far zero problems.
Other options would probably be in the used car category...a used Sienna with 2nd row bench, Toyota Highlander, or Honda Pilot.
#97 of 149 Re: Infant seat... [mustangmommy]
Mar 16, 2006 (4:57 pm)
I have an ’04 Mustang and right after we bought our rear-facing infant seat and tried to install it I came to the realization that I was going to have to buy a new car until my dear hubby realized that the back seat of the mustang has 3 different ways to install the car seat with the LATCH system on either the passenger or driver side ( which is impossible due to the fact that you would have to have the seat up so far no one would be able to fit in it) or you can actually install it in the middle of the two seats, with the added advantage that the two front seats then nestle the car seat nicely and keep it snug. I may be a little harder to get the car seat in and out but beats me having to sell the car I love!
#98 of 149 3 middle seats
Mar 17, 2006 (3:58 pm)
I think the Buick Lucerne can fit 3 car seats in the back.
#99 of 149 Re: Help! 7 passenger, 3 middle seats, under 25K??! [njmom91]
Mar 17, 2006 (4:15 pm)
"I have been looking through the boards and at automakers websites, and I just can't seem to find anything that has the capacity for 7 - don't need it all the time so smaller rear/stow away seats are fine! - with THREE of those seats being in the middle (i.e. a bench with shoulder harnesses -a must!) that at least lists under 25K."
Perhaps the most flexible option would be a Toyota Sienna CE 8-passenger model. Those start at about 25k list but are hard to find in many areas.
The 4x2 Highlander base model with the third row option is about 26k list, but it does have a 2-3-2 seating arrangement.
#100 of 149 Re: Help! 7 passenger, 3 middle seats, under 25K??! [cpsdarren]
Mar 18, 2006 (12:17 pm)
Thanks everyone, I will look at the Ford. Someone also suggest the Toyota RAV4 with the optional third row, so that is now also on the radar.
I'll keep checking back, in case someone else has something to add!
#101 of 149 Re: 3 middle seats [suydam]
Mar 24, 2006 (5:24 am)
I do believe that would be possible, based on my observation. When I was considering one about 3 or 4 months ago, I needed atleast 2 car seats to fit plus diaper bag that was easily handy. We put it (diaper bag) in the middle of the seats. I do believe 3 car seats would be possible, but if I was a mom and had 3 kids, I'd want to own a SUV.
#102 of 149 Volvo the big winner in lowest TCO luxury cars
Mar 29, 2006 (5:39 pm)
Warren Clarke just did a ranking of the Top 10 2006 Luxury Cars with the Lowest TCO. Of the ten vehicles, Volvo had a whopping four on the list. No other brand even had two! As a mom, I've always wanted Volvo...maybe now I can justify what seems like the "extra" expense for one.
#103 of 149 Traumatized Mom
Mar 29, 2006 (5:46 pm)
Stay away from Dodge caravan rear shoulder straps don't catch in crash my daughter was badly injured. Jerk front and rear shoulder straps in ANY dodge caravan or durango something is wrong. Jerk straps in ANY other minivan ALL will catch first jerk.