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We are expecting another baby and will need a larger car. Any recommendations for an SUV that can fit 3 full size car seats?
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This isn't a car recommendation, but you could try narrower car seats that can fit 3 across. In the Lucie's List guide here there's a section towards the bottom for "3-across": https://www.lucieslist.com/guides/best-car-seats-for-toddlers-and-presch...
Had this same problem last year. Our second go around were twins so we needed three car seats in one bench.
we got a Honda Pilot. It’s been real good to us and fits the three seats well. It has lots of space in the back for the double stroller and a third row for when we need to travel with the dogs too.
We have a Hyundai Tucson that fits our 3 car seats in a row. They are all using the diono radian 3xt. Have had it for only a month and so far really like it!
The VW Atlas is one of the only SUVs with a 3rd row that you can easily access by folding forward half the 2nd row without disturbing a carseat there. It’s amazing. It stays plugged in (even the over-the-seat tether) and you could get a kiddo into the 3rd row. I love our Atlas for lots of other reasons, too. I don’t think you could fit 3 car seats across in the 2nd row, however… unless they were really/uncommonly narrow?
Every SUV where we’ve tried it, we’ve been able to get in 3 car seats - Honda CRV, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mitsubishi Outlander, Subaru (either Outback or Forester - can’t remember which), several other rental cars too.
The issue is less often the car and more often the car seat. We used skinny car seats installed with seatbelt not latch to make it work. We used a Clek Fllo seat and a MaxiCosi Rodifix booster when we needed to do this. There are other skinny seats too - I think the Diono and some others.
I will say it’s a pain to get everyone in 3-across. Especially with boosters where it’s tough to get to the seatbelt buckle (we buckle the belt with the seat empty and have the kid wiggle in under it). If we had 3 kids and this wasn’t an occasional thing, I think a minivan would be more practical and not more expensive than an SUV.
We have a few friends with 3 kids - most have minivans, one has a Subaru Forester, one uses a pickup truck. Just depends on how much hassle you’re willing to deal with.
I have a smaller SUV (Hyundai Tucson) and it can fit 3 Diono Radian seats. The Diono Radian would even fit in the back of a car, they are heavy (steel frames) but more narrow than the plastic seats we used to have. We've also had 2 car seats in the back with an adult being able to fit between them. There is no way a regular Graco or similar seat would fit 3 across in my car.
My oldest is now into a backless booster seat, and that booster is much wider than the Diono.
We fit 3 car seats into the back of a Honda Fit - not an SUV by any means - 2 Diono Radians and a Maxi Cosi or something like that. Not trying to dissuade you from an SUV but...it is possible to get by with a smaller car. And much easier to park it! So if anyone out there is wishing they didn't *have* to get a big car to manage life with kids - you don't! =)