(Closed) Cars and carseats

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Do your research on car seats.  I know for ours, for the convertible car seat fits in my Darling Husband small car to our SUV…

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve heard there are some car seats that don’t fit, but there will certainly be lots that do.  I drive a Yaris (pretty darn close to as small as cars come), and was able to move a friend’s car seat into mine in a pinch with no issue.  I don’t think it would have been particularly comfortable/possible if we’d had to have the car seat and two more adults in the back, but the vehicle is rarely comfortable with 5 adults in it anyway.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@NCSUchick27:  I don’t really remember.  It was a for a 10 month old, so I’d assume yes… I just did a roadside pickup after a breakdown, and wasn’t the one who put it place.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My sister drives a Toyota Corolla and she fits a car seat and booster seat in the back just fine.  I will say the trunk space is awful though and the stroller barely fits.  My husband has a PT cruiser and the backseat in that is huge and I have an Explorer and have never had a problem getting a car seat in my car.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

i drove a honda civic for a long time and was able to fit two full size front facing seats in the back. There would not have been room for a 3rd person in the middle and if there were tall people up front it would have been squishy for them or the kiddo’s would have had squished legs. I am 5’3″ so it wasn’t ever an issue for me.

 

I now drive a Camry Hybrid and get 600+ miles per tank (amazing!) and can get my niece and nephew in the back seat comfortably one front facing and one rear facing seat. If we needed a 3rd kiddo in the back w/out a booster or a small adult they’d fit. Darling Husband has plenty of leg room up front with the babes in the back, he’s 6′ tall. 

 

Also, the trunk is HUGE! We can fit DH’s grandma’s wheelchair in it, amazing!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

No kids yet but already planning for them, so I just got a Tahoe. I had an Acura TL but for space and safety reasons, we got the Tahoe and I love it!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I drive a Prius and love it. I save about $130 a month in gas compared to my Ford Focus. My neighbor is a grandmother and drives a Prius as well. She has three grandchildren, 2 in booster seats and one in a newborn seat. She has had no problem fitting each seat in individually and usually has 2 of them at a time. This was why we chose the Prius when shopping for a family friendly vehicle. 

I am 5’11 and Darling Husband is 6’3 and we both fit in both the front and back comfortably. Even when he’s in the front and his seat is all the way back I can sit comfortably behind him with at least 3″ of space between my knees and the seat. A Prius looks small but it’s roomier than most SUV’s we test drove. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

I have a Honda Civic Hybrid and it has plenty of room in the back 🙂

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I have a Scion XB and can fit 3 cars seats in the back and have for 6 years. Very Tight fit but it works.

Here are all the combos that I have fit. 

Forward facing 5pt harness seat and 2 Graco infant car seat (not the SafeSeat ones). 3 convertible car seats used both forward and backward fit (Cosco). High back booster and 2 convertible forward facing (Cosco). Finally 3 high back booster seats are currently in use. The large seats like Brittax won’t allow room for 3 in a row but 2 would work. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I have a Honda civic and the rear facing cars seat for my 16 month old niece fits in the back just fine. Her stroller just barely fits in the trunk though. when we get my next car it will be taller in the back seat and have more trunk space. Probably an SUV or a crossover

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Not exactly a car, but I have a GMC Sierra 4 door and it fits the carseat in perfectly with plenty of room on either side and in the front 🙂

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I wrecked my Nissan Versa last year and found myself in a position to buy a car when in my life I was somewhere between getting single and getting married and thinking about a family. My friend’s main complaint about her car is that the doors are lower set and she hits her head on the frame all the time manuevering the carseat/her child in and out of the car. It’s still an annoyance for her now and her son is 2.5 years old.

 

I got a Nissan Cube because, as I see it, it was like a Jr SUV. It has a ton of room in the cabin (we’ve had 5 adults in it comfortably several times) high rectangular doors that will make it easy to move kids in and out (which we’ve somewhat kind of tested by hooking our dogs in and getting them out) and it has the large back door that opens outwards (instead of up) and allows us to move things in and out of the back area more easily. Also, I was able to get the top of the line cube with all of the extras (xm radio, back up cam, navigation, etc) for about the same price as a base model SUV (yes, we haggled). I also commute a lot for my job so I needed something that would not be a gas guzzler. I love my little car, it’s been amazing.

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