Post # 1
Does anyone have suggestions for cars that have significant trunk space in addition to being able to accommodate 3 carseats?? I know a mini van is probably a good option but I would rather explore other options as I don’t like the look of them. Does anyone have experience with whether it’s easier to fit 3 carseats in one row or is it easier to have a car with a third seat and put one back there? Thanks for any insight!! So far I am considering the Tahoe, Yukon XL, or Suburban.
Post # 2
i think lots of cars do- it is just about finding the right combination of carseats which could be like a puzzle. I’ve heard that most stores will let you see if it fits in your car before you buy. I can’t imagine 3 car seats wouldn’t fit in any of those cars you’ve mentioned- they are HUGE cars! Definitely would be higher up and harder to get kids in and out than a minivan, but I’m with you that I would settle for a slight inconvenience not to have to drive a dorky minivan. Not owning a mini van was something my husband and I agreed to before we were even engaged. In the very off chance that we have a high order multiple pregnancy my husband jokes that he would buy a limo and chauffeur our kids around- lol
Post # 3
A coworker with 3 small kids drives a Honda Pilot and all three car seats fit. I don’t think it has the best cargo space ever but it does have some.
Post # 4
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Post # 5
I have 3 kids and a Buick Enclave- which seats 7. My oldest isn’t in a seat anymore- but I still have a rear facing car seat, a booster seat and could easily fit 2 more if I needed to.
Post # 6
We have a ford mondeo (its a 5 seater) and it fits out three little ones in the back. It also has a really big boot which I love. It’s been a great car, but we will be upgrading to something bigger soon as baby #4 will be here in a few months. We are thinking the Hyundai Santa Fe which is a 7 seater.
Post # 7
I don’t have kids yet but we are planning to trade in my Cherokee in the next 6 months for a Yukon. I just like the look of them! Plus we’ll prepared when we do have kids. The Yukon XL and suburban are essentially the same thing. I think the Yukon’s look nicer and have more quality finishes
Post # 8
I personally would go right to the Suburban or Yukon XL.
I drive a Toyota Highlander, and with both back rows in use there is NO trunk space. All of my friends with kids drive Suburbans. Every one of them bought a Tahoe, and within a year or two had traded it in for Suburbans because they quickly realized that even with the Tahoe if the 3rd row is in use there is no trunk space. Now with those you could easily sit 3 car seats across a second row bench – but then you have 3 kids smacking the shit out of each other and fighting in the car.
Post # 9
Thanks so much for all the awesome feedback ladies!! I think we will end up going with the suburban!
Post # 10
Definitely go with the Suburban!! And one where the middle row is bucket seats, not a bench. It would be near impossible to get a car seat situated in the back seat if the middle was bench. We LOVE our Suburban. No kids yet (pregnant with #1 right now ) but I can already tell I’m going to be so glad I have my Suburban. Our 100lb dog can easily hang out in the “trunk” as there is SO much room back there, and she won’t bother the kiddo.
Post # 11
We fit two car seats and a booster into a Nissan Sentra with no issues. That being said I looooove our mini van. It’s ugly but the space (our oldest it 11 now and almost as big as I am) can’t be beat. Road trips aren’t cramped and shopping is easy.
Post # 12
We just got another GMC Acadia and will have 2 kids in their seats in the back and 1 in the second row
Post # 13
My mom is a car set technician. She says it will really depend on what kind (e.g. bucket, high back booster, convertible, etc.) and brand of car-seats. Many cars with a 3rd row don’t have latch connectors, making installation of seats a big pain. Hondas are generally the easiest to install seats into.
The benefit of a mini-van (or some Honda Pilot’s) is that you don’t have drag the kid and seat through the car to get it all installed. Also, I’m 6′ tall and my mini-van has saved my back (Toyota Sienna 2016). Belive me, I resisted and resisted getting one as a former competative autocross racer, but I don’t regret it for one minute.
Read the details carefully, not all the cars can accomodate all combos of seats.