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not sure if this helps but there they are. I ended up moving the oldest to the second row. the 3 year old wanted to sit next to her brother.
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not sure if this helps but there they are. I ended up moving the oldest to the second row. the 3 year old wanted to sit next to her brother.
Awesome! thank you
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Thank you all for great response.
I would have loved to have those 2nd row seats to go back a bit since I have no use of the 3rd row and it seems that that space is really wasted cause 2nd row seats are fixed.

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1) I guess other minivans (odyssey and sienna) have much bigger space in the 2nd row cause they move fore/aft. Any experience with those minivans? Is my thinking correct?
2) Pacifica hybrid 2nd row seats are completely different; they move fore/aft BUT are no longer Stow & go. That being said I guess if you leave the car seat on those then the 3rd row access will be restricted to some extend. What do you think?

We just went through some of the same thoughts during our buying process.


We have two young kids, age 1 and 3, and ended up installing one rear-facing child seat behind the driver and one forward facing behind the passenger. So far, the lack of fore/aft adjustment hasn't been an issue. I am 5'10" and when I'm driving the vehicle I don't have to compromise my driving position to accommodate the rear facing seat behind me. If I were over 6' tall, I would just swap them around and put the rear facing seat on the passenger side. We have 7 passenger seating and there is enough room to pass in front of a forward facing car seat and then go through the middle to get to the back row. So the rear facing car seat can go on either side.


It gets harder if you have two rear facing car seats. In the 8 seat configuration, you can't access the 3rd row without taking one of them out, or folding down half of the 3rd row and entering from the rear. In the 7 seat configuration, if you're small you might be able to squeeze under a rear facing car seat and go through the middle. Or if you're flexible, you might be able to step over the console from the front seat and go through the middle. That's where other minivans with an adjustable 2nd row have a bit of an advantage. In the Sienna and Odyssey, it looked like you could adjust the second row to fit a rear facing car seat in the third row if you needed to. In the Pacifica, I don't think a rear facing car seat will fit in the third row (ours can't) unless you stow the seat in front of it, and then you don't have an anchor point for the tether.
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We just went through some of the same thoughts during our buying process.


We have two young kids, age 1 and 3, and ended up installing one rear-facing child seat behind the driver and one forward facing behind the passenger. So far, the lack of fore/aft adjustment hasn't been an issue. I am 5'10" and when I'm driving the vehicle I don't have to compromise my driving position to accommodate the rear facing seat behind me. If I were over 6' tall, I would just swap them around and put the rear facing seat on the passenger side. We have 7 passenger seating and there is enough room to pass in front of a forward facing car seat and then go through the middle to get to the back row. So the rear facing car seat can go on either side.


It gets harder if you have two rear facing car seats. In the 8 seat configuration, you can't access the 3rd row without taking one of them out, or folding down half of the 3rd row and entering from the rear. In the 7 seat configuration, if you're small you might be able to squeeze under a rear facing car seat and go through the middle. Or if you're flexible, you might be able to step over the console from the front seat and go through the middle. That's where other minivans with an adjustable 2nd row have a bit of an advantage. In the Sienna and Odyssey, it looked like you could adjust the second row to fit a rear facing car seat in the third row if you needed to. In the Pacifica, I don't think a rear facing car seat will fit in the third row (ours can't) unless you stow the seat in front of it, and then you don't have an anchor point for the tether.

you can still tilt fwd a rear facing seat, just hit the button for stow n go

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ive got 3 across middle, recaro proride, prosport and a radian....its tight but its in sold, kids have more leg room than in the 2006 yukon
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We have two young kids, age 1 and 3, and ended up installing one rear-facing child seat behind the driver and one forward facing behind the passenger. So far, the lack of fore/aft adjustment hasn't been an issue. I am 5'10" and when I'm driving the vehicle I don't have to compromise my driving position to accommodate the rear facing seat behind me. If I were over 6' tall, I would just swap them around and put the rear facing seat on the passenger side. We have 7 passenger seating and there is enough room to pass in front of a forward facing car seat and then go through the middle to get to the back row. So the rear facing car seat can go on either side.


It gets harder if you have two rear facing car seats. In the 8 seat configuration, you can't access the 3rd row without taking one of them out, or folding down half of the 3rd row and entering from the rear. In the 7 seat configuration, if you're small you might be able to squeeze under a rear facing car seat and go through the middle. Or if you're flexible, you might be able to step over the console from the front seat and go through the middle. That's where other minivans with an adjustable 2nd row have a bit of an advantage. In the Sienna and Odyssey, it looked like you could adjust the second row to fit a rear facing car seat in the third row if you needed to. In the Pacifica, I don't think a rear facing car seat will fit in the third row (ours can't) unless you stow the seat in front of it, and then you don't have an anchor point for the tether.
Im 6'3" so we did the swap sides. 3y/o is behind the driver. I keep the screen up at all times to avoid him kicking it or trying to left it with his feet. The 1y/o is rear facing in a convertible behind the passanger, there is plenty of room even for me when I sit there. The 3y/o can climb under and through the opening from the passenger side if he feels like it. His seat tilts to allow access to 3rd row with plenty of room even if he's strapped into the seat haha.

We just went on a long trip. The 1y/o was moved to the third row rear facing behind the passenger seat. No issues.

We have Diono Rainer seats and the rear facing seat uses the angle adjuster pad.
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Good info. Our convertible seat which didn't fit rear-facing in the third row is a Britax Marathon ClickTight.
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the strain on your back loading a child into the rear facing seat in the third row must make some chiropractor happy.
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the strain on your back loading a child into the rear facing seat in the third row must make some chiropractor happy.
Wasn't bad and was only for our trip. I would typically climb in then have my wife hand the baby back. Even if I did it myself it wasn't terrible at all. The forward tilting seat allows for plenty of room to maneuver.

Although I would not recommend this as a long term solution unless you have triplets haha.
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Good info. Our convertible seat which didn't fit rear-facing in the third row is a Britax Marathon ClickTight.
We love the Diono's. The Rainer is a full metal frame and they are slim. The seat can be folded up for storage/travel and you could fit 3 across in even a Jetta or smaller car if you needed to.

They are a little pricey but in my opinion totally worth it for their crash/safety ratings.
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