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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-20-2019, 03:51 PM
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The linked article above about the Atlas basically proved the point of our conundrum. We think mini vans are the obvious choice for big families but the more we map out logistics the more complex the Pacifica gets for us. We currently drive an Explorer and the only real issue is third row access. Sliding doors and more cargo capacity is definitely on our pro list for the Pacifica, and we'd welcome an aisle if the third row truly saw three across, but the loss of AWD and the car seat conundrum is a major issue. We don't need an 8 passenger car with 2 barely usable seats, we need a 7 passenger car with 7 usable seats. SO...if you know of specific configurations of three across in the 3rd row I'd love to hear them.
Just a thought -- if you are going 7 seat and need access to the center aisle, using the stow+go access button on the powered front seats to advance the seat all the way forward will both ease the access to the center aisle AND give you working room to strap the child in. Only downside is someone can't remain seated in the front seat when it is pushed forward. (This may also give you tilting room with a rear facing seat..)

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The linked article above about the Atlas basically proved the point of our conundrum. We think mini vans are the obvious choice for big families but the more we map out logistics the more complex the Pacifica gets for us. We currently drive an Explorer and the only real issue is third row access. Sliding doors and more cargo capacity is definitely on our pro list for the Pacifica, and we'd welcome an aisle if the third row truly saw three across, but the loss of AWD and the car seat conundrum is a major issue. We don't need an 8 passenger car with 2 barely usable seats, we need a 7 passenger car with 7 usable seats. SO...if you know of specific configurations of three across in the 3rd row I'd love to hear them.
Have you taken some of your current child carseats to a dealer and tried putting three of them in the back of either vehicle yet? The headrests also have to be adjusted for the seats to fit, so check that also. It doesn't look like the Atlas has three seat belts in the back row, so I'm not sure you are comparing the same features. I think the Atlas is a 7 passenger if you get a bench seat in the middle instead of captain's chairs. Have you checked the 7-8 passenger Subaru Ascent if you want AWD and seating for three in the back?

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Have you taken some of your current child carseats to a dealer and tried putting three of them in the back of either vehicle yet? The headrests also have to be adjusted for the seats to fit, so check that also. It doesn't look like the Atlas has three seat belts in the back row, so I'm not sure you are comparing the same features. I think the Atlas is a 7 passenger if you get a bench seat in the middle instead of captain's chairs. Have you checked the 7-8 passenger Subaru Ascent if you want AWD and seating for three in the back?
Yes we have done that, although we need to try three across on a Pacifica bench since we only saw models with captains chairs the last time we test drove. The Atlas 2nd row is wider and the 60/40 split is much more helpful/functional to keep the tllt accessible with three car seats installed in that row. The sliding feature in the Atlas is also very generous and flexible.
We can easily do 5 car seats in an atlas and keep the full access to the third row. That's the comparison. We know for sure we can do that in the Atlas. I am struggling to see how we'd comfortably do that in the Pacifica for every day function as well as long road trips. Sadly.

I had heard of the Subaru before but we were initially looking at 2018 used models to save some money and I think the Ascent is new this year. However we just started looking at 2019's on these two vehicles so that's a good idea to check it out as well. Although there aren't huge issues with the Atlas per se, there is a lot to like about it, we just also like some of the mini-van only features and the Pacifica seems like the top option for us with that kind of vehicle.

Hence the initial query. Which is really all I need help with, but I appreciate the effort to help me.
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. The Atlas 2nd row is wider and the 60/40 split is much more helpful/functional to keep the tllt accessible with three car seats installed in that row. The sliding feature in the Atlas is also very generous and flexible.

We can easily do 5 car seats in an atlas and keep the full access to the third row. That's the comparison. We know for sure we can do that in the Atlas. I am struggling to see how we'd comfortably do that in the Pacifica .

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I’m a little perplexed by your statement that the second row seats are wider in Atlas than in Pacifica.
I admit I haven’t personally tested an Atlas, but simply googling the specs gives me second row shoulder space 60.2” and hip space as 58” , leg room being 37.6” in Atlas.
https://www.caranddriver.com/volkswagen/atlas/specs
The equivalent numbers in Pacifica are 63” shoulder room and 64.8” hip space and leg room 39”

https://www.sleepyhollowauto.com/blo...go-capacities/
Now how are the seats wider in Atlas than in Pacifica?
I understand the advantage of sliding seats and the Seats in Atlas do the tilt forward with car seat as in Pacifica, but there is simply more space in Pacifica in every dimension you look at.
Now the third row hip room is 45” vs 49.5” and the leg room 33.7” vs 35.6” all in Pacifica ‘s favor.
Just to add to your conundrum.


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I found that I couldn't safely put a Britax Frontier/Pioneer harness 2 booster in the outer third row seats. The permanent headrests were at an angle that either pushed on the boosters headrest if up or, if folded, impeded the tightening straps. I ended up getting a backless Graco Turbo Booster since my son was 8 and tall enough to use a belt. If I had the option, I wish I could have gotten the harness 2 booster back there for him.

Really I wish I could remove those headrests...

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