If you're planning to have #3 any time in the next 5 years, I say go with the 3rd row. Have you looked at the Mazda5? Relatively inexpensive, 3rd row, and not terrible gas mileage. We want to avoid a 3rd row if we can for mileage reasons. We're keeping it at two max but DH's back problems make two car seats in the back difficult. We're hoping that a FF carseat and a RF carseat will work out OK. Our plan is to drive the Subaru into the ground then buy an electric vehicle.
I would say go for the third row if you are planning on number 3, I know a couple of people who have recently had their 3rd with a normal sedan and it's crazy trying to fit seats in, they managed but I can't see how they get the child in the centre in
I did climb into a Mazda 5 yesterday. Loved it other than I felt like a sardine in the back and couldn't sit properly. Other than small kids no body is fitting back there! We can buy a 3rd row for our RAV, but it would be like the Mazda 5 - squished and kinda pointless in the end for us. I think we're going to end up with a *gulp* mini-van. They have the space, storage, and better gas mileage.
2 should be doable in almost anything, but I agree that 3 in a row is a major PITA. My SIL has 3 kids and they do fit in a Toyota Matrix but it is TIGHT. Their other car is an Expedition, which is comfortable for them but gets awful gas mileage.
I currently drive a Toyota RAV 4 and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. Seriously love it. Gets fantastic gas mileage (much better than the sticker says). It's been perfect for our family of 3 with all of our traveling. However, there is no way to fit 3 carseats in it because the middle seatbelt is incredibly wonky. We've had it for 3 years now and I bet we'll get at least 8 more if not another 10-15 years with it. If we do get a mini van DH will drive it as his car for awhile because I don't know if I'm willing to give up my RAV just yet.
We have a CRV. We really like it, but even the CRV would be awful for 3 carseats. If your oldest only needed a booster when you had #3 it would be okay, but otherwise, not so much. Also, with the CRV (unless the models have changed enough), the only carseat that would fit three across would be the Radians. Problem with the Radian - you can't get a good rear-facing set-up according to many car seat techs. The CRV is quite narrow in the 2nd row IMHO.
I think we are going to end up with a minivan when #3 is in the works as well. We'll probably keep our Corolla as the commuter car and trade in/sell the CRV for the minivan. really don't want a minivan, but it's so much easier to get into the 3rd row than any SUV with a 3rd row that I've seen.
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#3 is not a problem for us since we're not at all sure we even want a #2, but we still need to trade up eventually. Our family car right now is a Jetta, which has a tiny backseat and would be a pain even to have 2 in, especially since when DH is driving he puts the seat ALL the way back, and there is no way a RF car seat could fit behind it (actually even FF would be a problem unless the kid keeps her legs folded up--her feet stick out between the front seats when he's driving)
Um, ladies... this is the BABY-WEARING board! Ha ha... just kidding! We currently drive a VW Golf... we'll fit two in the back, but, of course, no way we'll do three...and I think two is going to be uncomfortable since they will both be RF. But we're definitely stuck with the car for now, so...
No BWing today... but the weather has been beautiful, if very windy, the last few days, so Beni has been super enjoying running around in the sunshine. I got her a new sun hat in her Easter basket... it's a bit big, and super floppy... she had it on today, and it looked comical. But at least the sun was off her face.
Mara & Joel, 2009
I upgraded my car last year from a Mazda 121 to a honda odyessy. I love my mini van, though would like a newer model one day when we can afford it. Right now we are busy working on getting rid of all debt bar our mortgage so we weren't willing to take on a car loan.
Baby wearing today was to calm Ronin down after hubby left for work because he had a massive melt down and wanted Daddy.
Ignore the dirty mirror and the pushed down back on the MT, Ronin kept pushing it down, oh and my pj's.
OMG a Boba in the colour I was looking at buying has just come up on a local buy swap sell facebook page. When I say Local it's 1.5 hours away, but I'm sure I can arrange pick up. Hopefully I can talk down the price too, but it's only $60 and according to the listing used twice and by the pictures looks to be good condition, and no postage
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