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I agree with Damon. You should be able to find an 8 passenger on a dealer lot. Bring your car seats and see how they fit.

The 3rd row only has 2 LATCH points. One of them is off center, so if you use that one, it takes up 2 seating positions and prevents somebody from sitting between them. The 2nd row has 3 LATCH points if you get the 8 seater.

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I agree with Damon. You should be able to find an 8 passenger on a dealer lot. Bring your car seats and see how they fit.

The 3rd row only has 2 LATCH points. One of them is off center, so if you use that one, it takes up 2 seating positions and prevents somebody from sitting between them. The 2nd row has 3 LATCH points if you get the 8 seater.
That is what I was wondering. So I definitely can't have two car seats attached with the LATCH system in the third row and someone in between them? What if one was attached with a shoulder harness?
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I agree with Damon. You should be able to find an 8 passenger on a dealer lot. Bring your car seats and see how they fit.

The 3rd row only has 2 LATCH points. One of them is off center, so if you use that one, it takes up 2 seating positions and prevents somebody from sitting between them. The 2nd row has 3 LATCH points if you get the 8 seater.
So I couldn't get 2 LATCH'ed car seats in the third row and try to squeeze a small adult in the middle? That isn't going to happen, it sounds. What if one of the seats just used the shoulder harness to secure it? Do you think there would be enough room then?

We rented one for a few days in Orlando and liked it but I didn't really get a chance to mess around with the back seat.

It's a tough toss up between the large sunroof or the 8th seat!
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I just got back from the dealer and decided that when I finally buy one it will be with the 8th seat. I measured the middle seats with the 8th seat installed and found it to be roughly 51". Our Camry is about 54". Both have about 10" between the belts in the middle. For me there were a couple of determining factors. The sunroof is very cool, but even within the test drive time the novelty wore off for my wife and myself. We have 2 cars with sunroofs and almost never use them, but the Pacifica sunroof is very nice. If you are a true sunroof person I can see how the sunroof might win out.

So, for me the 8th passenger might be a little cramped, but it would beat taking 2 cars. The real deciding factor though was when I measured the back (3rd row) seat. The width of the back seat is only 46" with 8" between the belts. That could be really cramped for adults. When I have 5: it will be 2-2-1, for 6: 2-2-2, but when I have 7: it will be 2-3-2 (and of course 8: 2-3-3). The back seat (like on all mini vans is really narrow for 3 adults.
I know this is a september post, but where did you measure? The Pacifica is one of the widest vehicles out there (not THE widest, but wider than the other vans). I ask because I do know there is a gap between seat and sliding door but you should have no problems fitting three across in the second row. The challenge would be accessing the third row if you were using it. Even at 51" though, three 17inch seats should be just fine and not overlap.

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So I couldn't get 2 LATCH'ed car seats in the third row and try to squeeze a small adult in the middle? That isn't going to happen, it sounds. What if one of the seats just used the shoulder harness to secure it? Do you think there would be enough room then?

We rented one for a few days in Orlando and liked it but I didn't really get a chance to mess around with the back seat.

It's a tough toss up between the large sunroof or the 8th seat!
Don't let the LATCH be your determining factor for two reasons: LATCH is JUST AS SAFE as a seatbelt whereas both require right installation. and two, Kids outgrow LATCH rather quick now. LATCH recommended weight is 60 pounds COMBINED. that means, the weight of your carseat PLUS the weight of a child. An average carseat with steel frame is about 25 pounds. An average weight of a two year old is 25 pounds. You have just 10 pounds to play with before reaching the max. The average weight of a three year old is 36 pounds. So, in three years, your child will outgrow LATCH.

Now, LATCH is easier to install right, but you can make use of the seatbelt AND the lower TETHER section on the third row with carseat either in the middle (where latch is) or on the drivers side (no latch). Chrysler allows that configuration.

Therefore, the real question is, can an small adult fit in between the two carseats when they are outboard? Sure.. on short trips no problem.

FYI: you should ALWAYS use the lower TETHER spots when installing a carseat regardless of the seatbelt or LATCH and regardless of WEIGHT as there is no weight restriction. It only serves to reduce whiplash.

Source: various research from various carseat blogs over the past three years.

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Sunroofs leak? I have owned numerous cars with sunroofs and not once did one ever leak, nor have I ever heard anyone tell me they had a sunroof that leaked.
same here... maybe when they are 20-30 years old they will start to leak! and I can tell you without a doubt that a good tint on the sunroof that blocks 95%+ uv rays WILL keep the van cool.

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Just remember that when you had that 8 seat taken away there will Holes in the Floor where seat anchor goes
Those need to be cover if you don't want food or little tiny thing to falling into it. That's one thing that I find out myself to be a hassle.


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I just got back from the dealer and decided that when I finally buy one it will be with the 8th seat. I measured the middle seats with the 8th seat installed and found it to be roughly 51". Our Camry is about 54". Both have about 10" between the belts in the middle. For me there were a couple of determining factors. The sunroof is very cool, but even within the test drive time the novelty wore off for my wife and myself. We have 2 cars with sunroofs and almost never use them, but the Pacifica sunroof is very nice. If you are a true sunroof person I can see how the sunroof might win out.

So, for me the 8th passenger might be a little cramped, but it would beat taking 2 cars. The real deciding factor though was when I measured the back (3rd row) seat. The width of the back seat is only 46" with 8" between the belts. That could be really cramped for adults. When I have 5: it will be 2-2-1, for 6: 2-2-2, but when I have 7: it will be 2-3-2 (and of course 8: 2-3-3). The back seat (like on all mini vans is really narrow for 3 adults.
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Had a ford flex with a tri pain roof and at first thought the same, it was fine, heat i am talking about......now the Pacifica has a larger 1 piece roof compared to the flex......and then the actual moving portion. I keep going back to I live in tornado country, hail country.....it will be garaged and I also park in the garage at work......I really went back and fourth, but it is what it is and it was to be built this week.
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Just remember that when you had that 8 seat taken away there will Holes in the Floor where seat anchor goes
Those need to be cover if you don't want food or little tiny thing to falling into it. That's one thing that I find out myself to be a hassle.
The Mopar rubber mats include a section that fits over those anchors perfectly.

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I have the Limited w/ the 8th seat and I like it.

One configuration I just tried was to stow the 2 second row seats and keep the eight seat folded, it turns the Pacifica into a limo with the 3rd row up.

The eighth seat folded becomes like a living room table w/ cup holders.

You get a ton of leg room in the back and lots of noise (talking chatter) separation between the 1st and 3rd row....

In short, the 8th seat gives more passenger and configuration options..... I like it.
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