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3 across

Who else is going to be/has been dealing with 3 car seats across the back? What type of carseats do you have that work for a small car?

I've seen that the Sunshine Kids Radian (now Diono) is supposed to work for medium sized cars. Who's done this?

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"sarahsunshine" wrote:

Who else is going to be/has been dealing with 3 car seats across the back? What type of carseats do you have that work for a small car?

I've seen that the Sunshine Kids Radian (now Diono) is supposed to work for medium sized cars. Who's done this?

Definitely try out the carseat in the car first! There are some great websites out there that show different cars with 3 across and the different ways they've puzzled them in there.

I found the Radian was too tall to fit RF in our small car (Chevy Cruze). I was easily able to fit my Britax Boulevard RF. But I think a Britax might be too bulky to fit 3 across.

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I did three across for a few years - but I can't help with the car seats - we had two bigger seats and then the infant seat - they were shoved in there like sardines. I can't remember what brand my car seats were, though.

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I agree, the Radian is way too tall to rear face in most cars. It would not fit in a Volkswagen Passat unless the seat ahead of it was moved all the way up, which is not possible and drive at the same time.

We had a bucket seat (Graco Snugride) and a Radian, and a booster three across the Passat. It was hard to buckle the booster.
My recommendation is two Radians (front facing) and a rear-facing bucket seat, but the bucket has to go in the middle. It's kind of a pain but that is what fits. We had some success with two Radians and the Britax Roundabout in the middle too. (The Roundabout is smaller than the Marathon, only goes to 35lbs rear facing, but at that point, they're about 2 years old and can go forward facing in a Radian.)

Radians are not cheap, but way cheaper than a car payment!

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thanks all!

We have two bucket seats, and 4 car seats already. I was hoping that because of the profile of the radian (low seat, tall), that I could fit a bucket seat between them. Then, when it comes time to FF, I can put one of the higher profile FF seats (with a narrow base but wider seat) between the two radians... but that's down the road.