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Old 10-08-2010, 12:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We're lookin to get a Dodge Durango or something similar before bean gets here. We're wanting a third row or something we can safely and with minimal headaches fit three convertibles (at least one, maybe two rear facing) in the back seat. Anyone with a Durango know if it's got a third row or can fit three across?

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Old 10-08-2010, 12:18 PM
 
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It would depend upon whether you bought the 5 or 7 passenger. We had an 8 passenger 1998 for years and we fit 5 kids, all in either boosters or car seats, it was a tight fit for some of them but definitely do-able.... The seating arrangement with a 7 passenger is two in the front, three in the middle (usually with independently folding seats) and two in the third row. I am not sure if the newer models have the independently folding seats but this is what saved us soooo much hassle, we were able to leave one seat down for access to the third row. When we had five we had three Britax seats across the second row and two boosters in the third row. After a while we ended up switching seats around to make it easier for the older two, we put the 4 and 6 year old in the third row and the baby in the center rear facing with the older two on the outboard seats in the second row.

I will say that the year that we had was not great on gas and that with 5 kids there was no real storage for groceries. We ended up getting a larger vehicle after a few years. I loved that it had 4wd and that it was low enough that the kids could get in and out of the vehicle without too much climbing. The newer models get better mileage than the year that we had now. I would love to have another one, it was easier to park than what we have now and with the older two out of boosters we wouldn't have the seat stuff we had before, though now we would have to use the front seat for the oldest!

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Not sure what year my friend's is but anytime we take all 3 kids we have to put one in the 3rd row as our seats won't fit 3 across- Britax Blvd, Graco, & Cosco Scerena.

I bet if you bought newer (different brand unless you have those thinner seats) seats you might be able to do 3 across.
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I'm amazed that you could fit three Britax seats in the second row. We rented an 8 passenger once, and we needed to use the third row for luggage, so I squeezed myself between two Britax seats on the second row. Let's just say that was an extremely uncomfy ride, and I am not a huge person (not tiny by any means, but those Britaxes are pretty wide). It was probably a 2007 or 8, though, so maybe the design has changed.

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It would depend upon whether you bought the 5 or 7 passenger. We had an 8 passenger 1998 for years and we fit 5 kids, all in either boosters or car seats, it was a tight fit for some of them but definitely do-able.... The seating arrangement with a 7 passenger is two in the front, three in the middle (usually with independently folding seats) and two in the third row. I am not sure if the newer models have the independently folding seats but this is what saved us soooo much hassle, we were able to leave one seat down for access to the third row. When we had five we had three Britax seats across the second row and two boosters in the third row. After a while we ended up switching seats around to make it easier for the older two, we put the 4 and 6 year old in the third row and the baby in the center rear facing with the older two on the outboard seats in the second row.

I will say that the year that we had was not great on gas and that with 5 kids there was no real storage for groceries. We ended up getting a larger vehicle after a few years. I loved that it had 4wd and that it was low enough that the kids could get in and out of the vehicle without too much climbing. The newer models get better mileage than the year that we had now. I would love to have another one, it was easier to park than what we have now and with the older two out of boosters we wouldn't have the seat stuff we had before, though now we would have to use the front seat for the oldest!

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