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Old 04-12-2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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Rear facing in 04 Elantra

Trying to figure out what will fit in my wifes car. Our son is 8 months old, 23lbs, 32 inches long. Her car is a 04 Hyundai Elantra, not exactly the biggest rear seat! She is 6 foot and I am 6ft 4in, so space is a little limited! Trying to see what is the best for our boy! Any advise would be great, thanks!
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:39 AM   #2
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Re: Rear facing in 04 Elantra

Generally, anywhere you can fit an infant seat, you can more than easily fit a convertible seat, they sit more upright for older kids with head control so that's the good news!

With all those tall genes in the mix, I might consider a Diono Radian so your son can stay rear facing as long as possible if he continues to be tall like mom & dad through his toddler years. It has one of the tallest shells for rear facing, and with an angle adjuster it should sit upright enough that you won't be sacrificing tons of room for yourselves up front.

The Graco MyRide, Evenflo Triumph or Momentum, Safety 1st Complete Air, and First Years True Fit are all good seats that will generally get most kids rear facing to a safe forward facing age, around 3 and will take up about the same amount of space as a Radian with angle adjuster.
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Re: Rear facing in 04 Elantra

i have an '02 elantra, and my 2 mo old is rf in a radian 100. i have it rf tethered on the passenger side, so it tips just a tad over that way (ok to do) and the driver can go all the way back. not quite as roomy for the passenger, but my dh, who is 6'2" can sit, although i dont think he'd want to do a long trip there.

no angle adjuster yet.
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Re: Rear facing in 04 Elantra

radians are big seats but they love elantras! We have an 05 elantra. Here are some pics of what we have done.

radian center no angle adjuster, britax RA55 next to it, the only seats we have gotten next to each other in this car so far.


radian outboard with no angle adjust, impossible to drive this way. Symphony 65 in the back ground


Hubby sitting in front of radian with no angle adjuster, he is 5'8" or so (excuse the socks and sandles, that is not normal lol)


radian outboard with angle adjuster...MUCH better


britax RA55 outboard, lots of space!


symphony 65 outboard, great fit


We have also had an evenflo tribute and a few infant seats in it. Hope this helps
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Re: Rear facing in 04 Elantra

thanks for the info

-Java- I think we have the same exact car! Color and interior and all!

We use the Elantra around town, the Xterra hauls us around otherwise as we can toss the dog in the rear!
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Re: Rear facing in 04 Elantra

I have an 04 Elantra. Britax convertibles are super easy to get in. The First Years True Fit Premier goes in easy too. The Radian can go in but it requires a ton of room and hard bracing.
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Re: Rear facing in 04 Elantra

Our 03 Elantra kicked the bucket a few months ago. I successfully had installed in it (all center): Evenflo Triumph Advance, Britax Roundabout50, Combi Coccoro, and Graco Myride. I was unable to install the Complete Air, as it didn't fit between the front seats.
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I have trouble with installs in the center position. Outboard is easy.
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