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I have 3 kiddos. Ages are 2, 3, and 7. I'm looking for a new (used) vehicle because our current one honestly doesn't have enough room. So If you have a vehicle with 3rd row seating where are the kids sitting? What's the safest configuration, and what do I need to be looking for? I prefer the latch system if possible, but do I need to explore the idea of using the seat belts? I want the 2yr old rf, and my 7yr old back in a high back booster instead of just a booster. No she's not in a harness. The child is the size of a 9yr old. Ok, I'm not against a harness for her but you get the idea, because the car seats like that are typically bigger and we have our kids smashed together as it is. 3 seats. I assume this has to be possible and more comfortable for everyone in a vehicle that seats 7. I'd like to get out of the dash ya know?
Now for the vehicle. So far I am considering a Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, and Chrysler Pacifica Touring. The key is an older cheaper vehicle. Yeah I could get one brand new but I don't wanna. I don't want a payment. So I need to be flexible. This may end in DH attending some auto auctions and I need to know specifically what vehicles will and won't safely and comfortably fit my 3 heathens. So any input is great. I've found a couple close by I will try and talk him into taking me to look at today.
Once I get it I'll go see a professional car seat installer, but please know the purpose of this post is what to consider in the vehicle I'm looking to purchase as far as carseats go. DH is handling the other parts like price, condition, etc.