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    talk to me about mini vans....

    I love my Ford Expedition (05), but alas, it has been crapping out on us.
    Im really a "truck" kinda gal, I don't really want a van... But...

    If we were to start shopping, here is what Id want:
    Middle row captains chairs.
    Back row, at least 2 ffing tether anchors.
    Back row fit 3 across (radians ok)
    Storage/cargo space.
    Older, like no newer than 2010 (cant afford newer!).
    Reliable.

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    Re: talk to me about mini vans....

    I'm not sure exactly how it meshes with your wish list, but 2006-2010 Siennas and 2006+ Kia Sedonas are often recommended, along with 2011+ Odysseys- based on overall tether setup and car seat friendliness. Avoid the Grand Caravan/Town and Country. Their 3rd row seats do not play nicely with boosters, and I don't think they play well with Radians either.

    Feel free to share the seats you currently own along with info for each kiddo if you want help with where to put who if you're having a hard time

    The godkids are growing!
    J 9/09 and J&A 1/15

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brianna View Post
    I'm not sure exactly how it meshes with your wish list, but 2006-2010 Siennas and 2006+ Kia Sedonas are often recommended, along with 2011+ Odysseys- based on overall tether setup and car seat friendliness. Avoid the Grand Caravan/Town and Country. Their 3rd row seats do not play nicely with boosters, and I don't think they play well with Radians either. Feel free to share the seats you currently own along with info for each kiddo if you want help with where to put who if you're having a hard time

    Yes RUN from the Dodge/Chrysler if you have more than 1 or 2 kids!

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    Re: talk to me about mini vans....

    My 2008 Kia Sedona (not the short wheel base as I think the 3rd row in that trim is different) has everything on your wish list. We have had 3 across the back row for a while now. Top tethers center and passenger's side back there. It's a 60/40 split and the trick to 3 across is getting two seats that fit in the "60" part (driver/center). Then you can fit lots of different seats in the "40" part (passenger's side). Right now we have RF Radian driver's side, FF Radian center, and Recaro Performance Booster (which is quite wide) passenger's side. We've also had small boosters - Incognito and BubbleBum - in place of the RF Radian on driver's side.

    Another vote for avoiding Dodge/Chrysler. 3 across the back row is super challenging!

    HTH!
    Cutie #1 (13 years) 5-stepping
    Cutie #2 (10 years) riding in a Safety 1st Incognito

    Cutie #3 (7 years) riding in a Chicco KidFit
    Cutie #4 (6 years) riding in a Frontier
    Cutie #5 (3 years) riding in a Nuna Rava

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    Senior Community Member Baylor's Avatar
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    Re: talk to me about mini vans....

    I had and still have a dodge 2001 Caravan and Loved it for the kids. It was so awesome to have all that space and the seats installed great in there. IT had LATCH at all positions so that made it easy..
    I don't know much about Minivans now as my dh has taken ours for a work car when I got my Edge but I will say with kids, Minivans are the bomb!
    Good luck!
    A five stepper and a booster rider

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