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    minivans with good 3rd row seat belt geometry

    We are getting close to needing to replace our 2001 Chrysler Town and Country minivan (or our 2002 Subaru Legacy Wagon).

    My dream minivan would be a new Toyota Sienna, but budget may not permit. Ideally we'd like an 8 seater, but it may not happen.

    One of our big concerns is seat belt geometry, especially 3rd row. For example, our van is not great in that (but we just got rid of our last car seat, so it hasn't been a concerb). I thought I remembered reading that the new Pacifica didn't have good fit for kids in 3rd row.

    We have one in a HBB (6 1/2), one in a LBB (10), and one 5 stepping (14), so no worries about LATCH (it is SO weird not to have to think about that any longer!). The kids are on the small side. 14yo is almost 5'2", but only about 85 lbs. The seat belts in our 3rd row are forward a bit and don't hit her on the shoulder. We don't go many places where she needs to ride back there, but we want whatever new vehicle we get to have safe seating options for any of our kids in any seating position.

    If it matters, 10 yo is in TB LBB and 6 yo is in Chicco KidFit HBB.
    DD1: 14, finally five-stepping!
    DS: 10, LBTB, Harmony Youth Booster
    DD2: 6, Chicco KidFit, HBTB w/ SS

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