OK - so who else has done this 3 car seat across thing?
I looked up the Diono Radian XT child seats (mentioned above on this thread). They look nice.
My wife and I have been debating the pros and cons of 3-across, vs a car like the Tribecca, BMW X5, or Volvo XC90 - with a third row.
We are not really worried about seating 6-7 in a car. Only 3 kids. We are leaning toward keeping the OUTBACK (which we love) and having 3 seats across - because then when we went on a trip, we would still have a ton of storage space that the Outback provides, and lots of rear seat leg room.
Part of us feels like if you go with that third row, you would also be giving up half your cargo space - and we would now have to get a roof carrier for trips. But would the kids just be more comfortable in this set up and not so on top of each other on a long trip??
Thanks for all opinions........
Flagg - third row vehicles like the Tribeca, Highlander, Landcruiser (< I had one) the third row doesn't work that well for long trips and car seats due to spacing between the 3rd row and the second. We had a cherry mint condition Landcruiser which is wider and bigger than the Tribeca by a large margin. We had to sell it and get a Sequoia for the real proper 3rd row seat which can sit adults and sits three across.
Our friends with the Volvo thing never use the 3rd row for anything but local town stuff when hauling other kids along with theirs across town etc. Same goes for the Highlander owners and the Pilot owners. We have lots of Sequoia's, Suburbans and minivans which get tasked with the road trip hauls where people are put in the 3rd row seat.
The 2010 and newer OB also offers a larger 2nd row seat than the Tribeca BTW. Major reason we did not get the Tribeca interior room was lousy.
When we do road trips with the kids in the back seat of the OB we also use the foot wells under their feet given they don't use them ;-)... We also use a narrow 30inch wide 7ft long roof box which almost doubles our trunk/gear packing space. I put two parents bikes on the 54inch yakima roof bars with the box between the bikes.
I think with three kids and road trips or camping trips you will eventually find that you need a small trailer to haul all the camping gear, bikes and toys - we have a 4x6 trailer we take camping. Even with the Sequoia we are using the trailer to pack our bikes and stuff for a week long vacation rental trip we are doing soon. Just easier to pack and we can take some fun stuff we would otherwise not have room for even in the sequoia.