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We're shopping for a minivan that can fit three across in the middle row, and we're currently leaning toward a Honda Odyssey with a jump seat (or plus one seat, whichever term you prefer). However, we're not too sure what you can use it for in terms of safely fastening a car seat onto it. We've also noticed that the jump seat was redesigned in the 2011 and newer models so that now the seat is several inches longer, and, again, in terms of car seats, we're not sure whether that extra length is a big enough deal to justify the much greater cost of a newer Odyssey or not.
What we would like to do is start off with 2 Britax Pavilions on the 2 outer middle row seats and a Graco Snugride on the jump seat, and then in a year or so swap out the Graco for another Britax. Does that sound feasible to those of you who own Odysseys or are the seats too narrow or the jump seat not safe enough for that? We've tested the Graco in a 2009 Odyssey and the base hung out several inches over the end of the jump seat. Think this is a big concern?
Thanks for any advice you can provide!
 

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I copied this to Family Safety for you as that is where a lot of car seat configuration discussions happen.
 

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I like Diono carseats for their slim fit three-in-a-row profile along with other safety features. For compatibility/fit, you should check out the carseat forum where folks discuss specific models of cars and carseat fit. There's also a lot of carseat safety technicians in that forum for professional industry advice. http://www.car-seat.org
 
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