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    Three across in a Hyundai Accent?

    Has anyone done a three across in a Hyundai Accent (2010)? Preferably with a Graco Nautilus in the mix? I can get Snugride (no base)/RF Scenera/Harmony NBB, just barely. Back when I drove a (slightly) bigger car, I could get Nautilus/Coccoro/Graco Turbobooster HBB, but I don't know if the Nautilus/Coccoro or Nautilus/Radian mix would still work with a third seat in my new car or not...

    Kids I need to transport are either:
    J - almost 6 years, mature, 40-50 lbs
    N - 4 years, immature, 30-40 lbs
    M(1) - almost 2 years, 20-25 lbs
    R - 4 months, 10-20 lbs

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    C - 3 years, immature, 30-40 lbs
    M(2) - 2 months, maybe 10 lbs.

    C has to use the Nautilus and M has to use a Snugride. Other than that it doesn't matter. I was trying to figure a way to leave the Nautilus in permanently (I'd put N in it if I had the first set of kids) so I only had to swap out one seat. J would have to go in front (or M1 FF, but I'd prefer to put J there) which isn't ideal, but I do have smart airbags, and that set of kids is transported less often and smaller distances. I own a Scenera, Maestro, Harmony NBB, Graco Turbobooster, and R has a Snugride 30 or 32. I'm willing to buy something if it'll make it work.

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    Re: Three across in a Hyundai Accent?

    Anyone? What about other tiny cars? Anyone get a three across with a Nautilus in the mix?

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    Hi, I'm not sure how much I can help, not having access to an Accent, but I am trying to do a similar 3 accross in a Chevy Cavalier, so I sympathize! Unfortunately, the Nautilus is the least likely of all the seats you list to work in a 3 across. Have you tried to fit RF Scenera, Maestro, snugride? If those don't fit in any order you will probably need a new seat or two. The Harmony Defender is similar to the Nautilus but much narrower, I am thinking of getting one for my 5yo. They are a bit hard to find in stock right now though. You may also need to consider a Radian, they are expensive, but often necessary in a tight 3 across.
    Angela, Mom to K. 11/08 in a Harmony Defender, A. 8/11 ERF in a Radian RXT, & A. 6/14 in a Britax Chaperone. Cruising in a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country.

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    Three across with a GN is usually a no go even in much larger vehicles. I know someone with an Accent and am guessing you are unlikely to have much luck, particularly with a GN.

    Your best bet is to go to a store like BRU and try seats.
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    Re: Three across in a Hyundai Accent?

    The people I nanny for (the second family) are very particular so I don't know if they'll agree to me using any seat other than the ones they gave me for their kids - which is why I've been trying to get the GN in the mix. I had a three across with a GN in my old car (Honda Accord) but this one is just a titch smaller

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    Re: Three across in a Hyundai Accent?

    And the BRU website says Radians are not sold in stores, and BBB has Radians but not Coccoros which is another one that I wanted to try, and both stores are ~half an hour from me both work and home... so kind of a pain to even drive up to BBB (and it'd have to be a time that I could get away with no kids, which is hard since I work like 45 hours a week for the second family and like 20 hours a week for the first family!) to try only one of the seats that might work.

    The other thing I've considered is getting a BT flex loc for R and M2, because M2's parents and I disagree on using a bundleme so we keep having to switch it out for the shower cap style whenever I transport the baby - so they might be ok with me switching out her seat as long as it was an infant seat. But even then I think I'd still need a Radian or a Coccoro to get a seat in the center. Unless the BT happened to puzzle really well with the GN? Blagh. Going to see if BBB has the BT. I really need a car seat store closer to home, it's so hard to find time to go to one when you're working 65 hours a week and most of the hours you aren't working are dark!

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    That's a hard one. I would at least ask if they would allow a narrower seat. If they say no, then yes, the only things that might have a chance of fitting are a Radian or Coccoro, and I doubt the Radian would fit. The Nauti doesn't puzzle much because it's pretty much wide all over, no narrow base to work with. Do you have a Kohls near you? They only sell carseats online but you can return in-store if it doesn't work. If you hit a sale and use a coupon code it can be a good deal too. Walmart also can be ordered then returned in store, but they destroy opened return seats which seems such a waste I hate to do it. I don't think a Flex Loc is any narrower than a Snugride 30, is it?
    Angela, Mom to K. 11/08 in a Harmony Defender, A. 8/11 ERF in a Radian RXT, & A. 6/14 in a Britax Chaperone. Cruising in a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country.

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    Re: Three across in a Hyundai Accent?

    As far as I know the flex loc is the narrowest infant seat, and the narrow base helps it puzzle better with other seats. The big 'humps' over the belt path on the base of the SRs tend to cause problems.

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    That makes sense. They look about the same on the spec sheet, but I know that can be deceiving.
    I'm planning to use a Chaperone, it's 19" at the handle, but only 13" at the rebound bar. I'm hoping it will puzzle as well with a Defender as it does with a FF Radian, so far no one has confirmed that for me though. If it works I'll probably have RF Radian, Defender, Chaperone.
    Angela, Mom to K. 11/08 in a Harmony Defender, A. 8/11 ERF in a Radian RXT, & A. 6/14 in a Britax Chaperone. Cruising in a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country.

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