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post #21 of 30
Valerieg, the 2009 Odyssey has only two seats with bottom LATCH in the far back, but all three positions have Top anchors. The two captains chairs have both, so a total of 4 bottom LATCH anchors and 5 top LATCH anchors.
post #22 of 30
I have a Ford Freestyle. I think Ford now calls it a Taurus X? It has 3 rows. The 4-year old twins are in the back in FF Britax Marathons. There in one LATCH anchor in the back. The baby in in a RF Marathon in the second row. The other seat in the second row is flipped down and that's where I climb in to clip them all in. With the third row up I can fit the Mountain Buggy upright, with it down, it can go in flat.

It's not an SUV or a minivan. It gets decent mileage. It's not a very exciting car, but it works for us.

When we're on vacation and rent a car, I must admit I wish I had sliding doors. So nice!
post #23 of 30
Hi there and congrats on your twins. We went from a Volvo wagon to a Toyota Sienna. We once owned a Mustang GT convertible and a Mercedes Kompressor. I understand how you feel about jumping from a Mini Cooper to a mini van but I will say that our 8 passenger 2008 Toyota Sienna is still luxury but in a different way. We have 5 month old twins and 2 other childern and we have a ton of room.. Just drove to Florida in September. Good luck with your decision..
post #24 of 30
My brother's got the Pilot and it's a helluva truck if you ask me. I'd choose it over the Acura in particular.
post #25 of 30
Has anyone been looking at older vehicles?
My husband and I would both rather find something other than an suv or minivan. His first idea was to get one of those limos like you see on the east coast- less 'luxury' and more seats. I shot it down because it's still car height and I'd have to bend over A LOT. We've been looking at VW's. The Euro van is our current favorite, but we have to keep and eye on the year, some of the way older ones had seats facing backwards.
I have 2 now and am expecting twins. When the possibility of twins even came up the first thing I said was 'we are going to need a bigger car!!'
We are currently rolling in a Subaru outback Legacy. I've never had much of a problem with storage, but I also don't take much. I have squeezed my can in between the two car seats and while it wasn't really comfy, it was doable.
post #26 of 30
We have an '07 Odyssey. I swore I"d never drive a minivan, yet here I am. With 3 kiddos in car seats, it was pretty much our only option, since we also need to have seating for 3 adults fairly often.

While I liked it well enough for 2 years, we just took the kiddos on a LONG drive from MN to PA, and I now adore my Ody!!!! I get back pain sitting in a car for more than 2 hours, but we were in the Ody for 19 hours getting out there and I had no discomfort at all.

Our Ody only has the 1 lower anchor in the back (middle seat) row, so it's great that the newer ones has the 2.
post #27 of 30
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Originally Posted by f&p'smama View Post
I have a Ford Freestyle. I think Ford now calls it a Taurus X? It has 3 rows. The 4-year old twins are in the back in FF Britax Marathons. There in one LATCH anchor in the back. The baby in in a RF Marathon in the second row. The other seat in the second row is flipped down and that's where I climb in to clip them all in. With the third row up I can fit the Mountain Buggy upright, with it down, it can go in flat.

It's not an SUV or a minivan. It gets decent mileage. It's not a very exciting car, but it works for us.

When we're on vacation and rent a car, I must admit I wish I had sliding doors. So nice!
F&P, do you think the Ford Freestyle/Taurus X would work well with 4 kids? (3in carseats, 1 in booster). We already have a minivan but were thinking it would be nice to both be able to take all the kids at once without switching vehicles. Not sure that we wanted to become a 2-minivan family, though! We were really thinking about the Ford before we bought the minivan; I wonder if I would miss sliding doors, though.
post #28 of 30
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Originally Posted by Freeman View Post
F&P, do you think the Ford Freestyle/Taurus X would work well with 4 kids? (3in carseats, 1 in booster). We already have a minivan but were thinking it would be nice to both be able to take all the kids at once without switching vehicles. Not sure that we wanted to become a 2-minivan family, though! We were really thinking about the Ford before we bought the minivan; I wonder if I would miss sliding doors, though.
Yes, it would work. It would be a full car, but you could easily fit 4 kids. I was pregnant for a week this summer and thought I would not have to get a new car for 4 kids. Especially since a booster seat can easily come in and out of a car for everyone else to climb in. You would miss sliding doors, though!
post #29 of 30
Thread Starter 
Well we decided on the Odyssey and I'm working on a little song for it.
Sing it to the tune of GnR's Paradise City...so far it goes like this.

Take me down to mini van city
where the children scream and the diapers are shitty.
Take me home, yah yah

If you have anything to add please feel free.

Thanks for all of your responses.
post #30 of 30
I just have to put a plug in for my Toyota Avalon. I REALLY didn't want to go to a van yet (unless I could afford a BRAND NEW one, which I can't). So, we bought a used Avalon for way cheap. It is like a '95 or something but we are able to fit all three car seats across (my 2 year olds forward facing), the trunk is huge and fits the double stroller and a single stroller for my daughter plus a ton of groceries. It doesn't get too bad of gas mileage...seriously...it's exactly what we were looking for!
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