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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-04-2016, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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8 PAX and car seats

Anyone have experience with two car seats - one toddler one infant soon to be second toddler - LATCHed to the outboard second row seats AND momma in the middle?

Assuming car seats that do in fact fit and is momma gonna be relatively comfy?

Otherwise just 7 PAX seating.

The Limited has an "interesting" option that adds 20" wheels/tires and 8th center seat but eliminates the tri-panel "sun" roof.

In all the cars I have had with sunroof I rarely if ever use it. Of course the Touring-L Plus does not have that to start though the Limited has other features I kinda like.

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Even though you didn't use the sunroof in your other cars did you at least open the shade to let more light in or to give a more airy feel?

That open/wide feel the sunroof provides with the shade open is the main reason we are going to the Limited. Otherwise I would look at the 8 passenger option. We are in the same boat with one toddler and one infant with their seats going on the outside. It has currently been ruled that the sunroof wins out over the 8th seat because you cannot stow it in the car when not needed or if you want a walk through to the back and she felt she can just be between the kids momentarily as needed from the 3rd row. Then the whole concern as well she had about food and debris getting into the floor connections points for the 3rd row when not in use. In the end we are sure we are going with the limited but not 100% on sunroof vs 8th seat. We (really I) are flipping back and forth because of the 8th seat/sunroof. The need to be between there with out littlest one for about another 2-3 months before he grows out of that. our toddler at 2 doesn't need that attention.

I will be curious what you guys decide.

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Will do.

I should probably point out that we are the GPs and momma is really GM though we could have the whole fan damily in the vehicle - 6 - a very few times.

I don't particularly care one way or the other on 18" versus 20" wheels (which go with the 8 PAX and sunroof delete no cost option) - 18" tires are probably less expensive to replace.

The kids travel well now with GM in the front seat (station wagon) and, like you said, the infant will be a toddler soon enough. If attention is needed - rarely - we just pull over.

My hunch is in these cases a decision to go without the 8th seat is best.

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I don't particularly care one way or the other on 18" versus 20" wheels ... - 18" tires are probably less expensive to replace.




As for the 18/20 inch rim decision, the Pacifica Limited trim already upgrades the standard 17 inch wheels to 18s and going to 20s is a $995 upgrade (half the cost of the Uconnect Theater or SafetyTec package). Both options are absolutely gorgeous though ... aesthetically a blonde vs brunette decision IMO. You might find the 18" rims slightly easier to hand wash if that matters as there are no hard to reach sharp angles or crannies for brake dust and grease to collect in so a standard cleaning mitt is fast and effective.

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The sunroof is cool, but the 8th seat is practical. We are going with the 8th seat.
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Anyone have experience with two car seats - one toddler one infant soon to be second toddler - LATCHed to the outboard second row seats AND momma in the middle?

Assuming car seats that do in fact fit and is momma gonna be relatively comfy?


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I measured the setback at the thickest portion and it came up to 54.5 inches. You would need car seats that were 18 inches wide or less for three across. Two across and a momma? Maybe outboard, but the middle seat does not have latch.

In comparison, I have a Mazda CX-9 and it measured 48 inches at the same points. I have two 19 inch car seats and I cannot sit on an outboard position at all. I am not that big either. 5'9 185 pounds.

In other minivans, the middle seat slides forward. Not sure if the Pacifica does this. If so, then momma could stay up front and still reach baby.

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As for the 18/20 inch rim decision, the Pacifica Limited trim already upgrades the standard 17 inch wheels to 18s and going to 20s is a $995 upgrade (half the cost of the Uconnect Theater or SafetyTec package). Both options are absolutely gorgeous though ... aesthetically a blonde vs brunette decision IMO. You might find the 18" rims slightly easier to hand wash if that matters as there are no hard to reach sharp angles or crannies for brake dust and grease to collect in so a standard cleaning mitt is fast and effective.
most importantly, there is more rubber on the 18s to protect the rims from curbing.

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Off-topic: The 20" wheel hosed me on getting my normal favorite tyre: Nokian WRG series... they do NOT come 20" and will not any time soon.

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We went with the 8 seat, I'm no fan of potentially leaky moonroofs, so no loss there. My thought was we will use the 2nd row for three child seats for now and once we relegate one of the boys to the back I can pull the middle seat to give me captains chairs for later down the line. But you can't really add the option of you go with the limited with glass roof.
And as for the wheel sizes, no issue there as I will pick out a nice wide 20" wheel next spring and relagate the 18"s to winter duty.

Just my $.02, your milage may vary.
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judging by the potential issues, Id be happy to forgo the sunroofs for 8th passenger
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