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    Senior Community Member Mumoflittleguys's Avatar
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    Which car for 3 across?

    We need to replace DH's '84 Civic. It's thoroughly unsafe for the children to ride in, and it's falling apart. Due to budgetary constraints, these are the vehicles we're considering:
    2000 Toyota Camry
    2000 Nissan Maxima
    2001 Honda Civic
    2002 Nissan Altima

    Of those, I'm assuming all but the Civic will fit 3 car seats across. From what I can tell, the 2002 Altima is the only one with LATCH. It's also the priciest of the 4, but seems like it will be the best deal. Does anyone have experience with any of these vehicles? We have 1 kid in a Regent, 1 in a RF Marathon, and in May, we'll have 1 more in a Chicco KeyFit.

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    Carseat Crazy
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    My mom has a '95 Nissan Maxima and it is fairly roomy so I think it could fit 3 across, but I don't think a Regent will fit in a 3 across combo in any of those cars. In my mom's car, I sit in the backseat with my two kids in a RF RA and a narrow booster and it is tight.
    Ben (2/18/02), FF in Britax Parkway, Britax StarRiser/Comfy and Combi Strollee McKinley
    Julia (9/15/04), FF Graco Nautilus (harnessed)
    Elizabeth (4/27/08), RF Britax RA

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    Carseat Crazy
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    3 across

    Hi,

    I'm not sure what car will work, but just wanted to let you know that I am able to get 3 across (FF Regal Ride, Parkway booster, RF Regal Ride) in my 4 door Echo. It's tight but can be done and using LATCH for the carseats. I can't say whether it would become bothersome everyday since I only have 3 kids (that I help out) on the weekends.

    HTH

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    Carseat Crazy
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    We have a '95 Camry and I don't think you'll get two other seats in along with the Regent. I do think that maybe if you used a Radian (which someone on the board just successfully installed in a Camry outboard) instead of the Regent you might be able to do it. I haven't looked into exact measurements but it seems to me the newer Camrys are wider, at least on the outside. That may translate into a wider back seat.
    C.

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    Maximas have struck me as having fairly wide seats and I bet it is the best shot for 3-across of those you mention. Of course, it depends a lot on the layout of the seat and seatbelts, too. It will really come down to which carseats you have and how they arrange in any particular model.

    The IIHS report mentions that 2000 models manufactured after November 1999 have structural and airbag improvements.

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