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    Beginning our preowned minivan search

    Our options obviously depend on what's available within a certain mile radius but I'm curious to receive feedback regarding YES WAY or NO WAY NO HOW opinions in terms of the real life practicality for ease of fitting/using 5 safety seats for various kids ranging in age from 0-6+ (the only specifics I can offer about this are in my signature).

    Our budget would be closer to $10,000 than $20,000 but ~$15,000 is ok.

    AWD would be ideal since we are in a windy, rural area with steep cliff side hills and hazardous wintry conditions for about half the year.

    Any particular warnings for us to consider? I might not be able to order a LATCH manual before my husband decides to start test driving
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    Re: Beginning our preowned minivan search

    2006-2010 Toyota Sienna- one of the 7 seater versions comes as AWD. The 7 seater has 4 top tethers (missing on the third row driver's side. The 8 seater has 5 tethers and is easy for me to get 5-6 kids in regularly but has no option for AWD.

    Stay far away from the Dodge and Chrysler vans. Limited tethers and despicable third row seat belts.

    The Kia Sedona now comes as an 8 seater and has more than 3 tethers but no AWD.

    The 2011+ Odyssey has tethers for all positions, I believe. No AWD.

    The 2014 or 2015 Sienna brought back a tether anchor making them have 4 and the 7 seater may be available in AWD but I'm not positive.

    My front wheel drive Sienna does decently in snow. With a good snow tire in winter, most cars do ok without AWD.


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    Re: Beginning our preowned minivan search

    Quote Originally Posted by Dillipop View Post
    2006-2010 Toyota Sienna- one of the 7 seater versions comes as AWD. The 7 seater has 4 top tethers . . .

    The 2011+ Odyssey has tethers for all positions, I believe. No AWD.

    The 2014 or 2015 Sienna brought back a tether anchor making them have 4 and the 7 seater may be available in AWD but I'm not positive.

    My front wheel drive Sienna does decently in snow. With a good snow tire in winter, most cars do ok without AWD
    Thanks much!! Sienna & Odyssey are our top choices since it looks like Sedona has less cargo space (?)

    If my husband and I are the only drivers then FWD doesn't worry us ... buuuuut my teenager will probably start learning to drive on this vehicle next winter
    TIFF ~ doula & all hours childcare provider
    * SCARLA: winter '02 . . . Roller Derby & Musical Theater
    * BEAR: spring '11... Recaro Performance Sport & Clek Oobr
    * RAHNE: summer '17... MaxiCosi MicoMax30 & Diono Pacifica
    * childcare: 0-4yrs... Graco Contender & Britax Frontier Clicktight

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    Re: Beginning our preowned minivan search

    Quote Originally Posted by Victorious4 View Post
    Thanks much!! Sienna & Odyssey are our top choices since it looks like Sedona has less cargo space (?)

    If my husband and I are the only drivers then FWD doesn't worry us ... buuuuut my teenager will probably start learning to drive on this vehicle next winter
    Just remember that it really is about experience and tires. I understand the fear of a new driver in the winter. Personally, if it's that bad where you are, it would mean the teen would be learning how to drive on the less dangerous roads during winter. AWD isn't going to make up for lack of experience and teen decision making.


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    Re: Beginning our preowned minivan search

    If my husband will listen to me on that note. . . I have a worry he'll start her out on our long driveway (fine, no traffic) but then the road we live on is particularly bad when unsuspecting winds whip across the fields.... I will be sure to show him a screenshot of your words so he knows it's not just my "opinion"
    TIFF ~ doula & all hours childcare provider
    * SCARLA: winter '02 . . . Roller Derby & Musical Theater
    * BEAR: spring '11... Recaro Performance Sport & Clek Oobr
    * RAHNE: summer '17... MaxiCosi MicoMax30 & Diono Pacifica
    * childcare: 0-4yrs... Graco Contender & Britax Frontier Clicktight

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