2009 Mazda 5


Chrystal Reed

I have a 21 month old, and 9 month old twins who all (obviously) need to be in rear facing car seats. I drive a 2009 Mazda 5 which has 2 captain chairs for the 2nd row & a 50/50 split bench for the 3rd. My 21 month old is currently in a Graco 4ever 4-in-1 behind the driver seat. I'm needing to upgrade my twins to convertible/all-in-one seats as they are outgrowing their infant carriers. I'm so lost at what seat would fit/install best in the 3rd row. I'm looking to stay around $150 for each seat but I could go a little higher if need be. I need some advice because I don't want to end up ordering a seat that doesn't fit correctly. I'm also lost at what carseat configuration would be best. Should I keep my 21 month old where he's at? Should I try the 4ever in the 3rd row with my twins in the 2nd row? Please help this lost momma out.


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I've got a 2013 Mazda5, and have had 3 kids rear-facing in it multiple times (I'm a nanny)! I usually prefer having two in the third row, and one in a captain's chair, but I never had multiple infants at once, so that might change things. By the time I had 3 in the car, all were over a year and could (with help) climb from the back hatch into their rear-facing seats. At nine months, depending on their mobility, they'd probably need quite a bit of help climbing over that back seat for a while, I'm guessing. For now, I'd put your 21-month-old in the third row, and put both twins in the second row. Once the twins are old enough to climb over the third row (from the back hatch) into their seats, I'd switch them to the third row, and put your toddler in the second row (so you only have to go around to one side of the car).

Anyway, the convertible seats I've had in the car (each in both the second and third rows at one point or another):
- Graco Extend2Fit (regular and 3 in 1): at it's most upright, with the leg panel fully in), fits in the third row, while the captain's chair is fully upright and all the way back (or possibly one click forward). Fits in the second row with room to spare also long as the front seat isn't adjusted too far back (3 clicks or so I think)
- Graco MySize 65: Fits in the third row, but only with the captain's chair several clicks forward. Fits in the second row, but only when the seat it's on is all the way back *and* the front seat is adjusted fairly far forward (I have short legs)
- Combi Coccoro: fits in the third row with the captain's chair completely upright and all the way back. Fits in the second row with tons of room to spare, unless the front seats are pushed back more than 3 clicks or so.

Let me know if you have any questions!

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