Post # 1
Is it a crazy idea to do a four hour car ride with three adults in the rear seat of a 2010 Toyota Sienna? I’ve heard the new Sienna is spacious, but I am envisioning old minivans and their TINY back rows. Should we take an extra car? Or suck it up for four hours?
(Sorry, I know this is really random!)
Post # 3
For my comfort, I really appreciate no one sitting directly beside me.
Post # 4
I would suck it up and all fit into one car but I’m not an especially large person and frugal like that. The extra gas money probably wouldn’t be worth taking two cars to me.
Post # 5
Totally depends on how big the 3 adults are..
Post # 6
Our close friends just got a ’10 Sienna and previously had an ’08 Caravan – both fully loaded. Whenever we go out as a group, we always take their car because all 6 adults can go in one vehicle. They switched to the Sienna because of the 8 passenger option, but getting in and out of that third row is a NIGHTMARE because of the way you have to squeeze betwen the center buckets to get back there. Frankly, I think it’s too small for a 4 hour car ride to smash 3 adults of any size in that third row. I’d be ready to pay off the other people in order to get one of the middle buckets. Whip out cash and PAY to get one of the seats, not eeeeven kidding! 🙂 And I’m average height, only 5’7″…I point out the Caravan because even at only 7 pass, that vehicle felt a lot bigger in the very back.
Post # 7
Thanks for the advice! We ended up doing three in the back, so I figured I would let you know how it went, in case anyone stumbles across this thread in the future and is curious for an answer.
We had eight people total: Four large adults, one 8-year-old, one teenager, and my Fiance and I. My Fiance, the teenager, and I sat in the backseat. In terms of size, I would say FI and I are about average for our age/gender and the teenager was about the same size as me.
As far as leg room, I was shocked by how much we had! Getting in and out was no problem either. We had the eighth seat in between the two bucket seats, so the only way in and out was pushing the seat forward, which was very easy to do. My only complaint was arm room. If I was sitting next to anyone other than my Fiance, I might have been uncomfortable, because we were shoulder to shoulder the whole way.
SUMMARY: Doable for small to medium sized adults who know each other well.