we are currently expecting #3 and will be moving up to an odyssey when we can afford it. i was thinking about an suv but because our kids are still so little, it'd be really awkward to access the back row and do up buckles, etc. so the minivan gives us a bit more space that way (and i really hate minivans! but, i guess it's part of life for me with 3+ kids!!)
It's possible, but I wouldn't do it if I had another reasonable option. As in, if I could afford to buy a minivan, I would.
Last year when we needed to replace my Jeep, we did so with a minivan, because we assumed we'd be having #3 sometime in the lifetime of that vehicle.
My last car was even smaller (a VW Polo, not sold in N.America). The center seat was only a lap belt and the air bag couldn't be turned off, which were the main reason for changing cars. I also wanted tether hooks...
But yes, we have bickering. I have to be honest, it is just as worse in my dh's Land Rover. The back seat is much wider than in my tin can.
So the space does not help this problem. You would have to get a car with more flexible seating that doesn't require them to be three in a row. We have rented those on vacation in the U.S. and yes, it's much better. It's kind of irritating that dh's car is just as big as some of the higher-seated models and we only have 5 seats.
Also, my dh does major miles due to his job. He has diesel (remember the gas is 4 times the price here) so having a normal gas car would be too expensive. Supposedly it's "clean burn" diesel (not convinced myself...) But the drive is awful, even in a high-priced car. It really makes the kids sick. I'm not sure how popular diesel is where you live. When I bought my Yaris, I insisted on gas and they looked at me like I had two heads.
I also think it's the way I drive but the kids are almost never sick in my car and are almost every time in his. Avoid diesel at all costs!
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Love the size, love the mileage, love the seating flexibility (really, really loved the price).
Ideally I would like to get a van with 3 rows (preferably one that the seats fold in or fold up so we can transport bigger items if needed) and then put the oldest two in the very back and the baby in the second row.
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I have a 7 passenger Explorer in my driveway and it's 8 years old Maybe you mean a different model?
Yep, just did a google search and it looks like they've been available w/7 passenger seating since at least '04. Wonder if they're hard to find, since its an option?
Our biggest issue is my two DDs fighting over who gets to sit next to the baby. *sigh*
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