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Thank you for the pictures. Is the 3rd row seat still usable with the infant seat there?
I have two kids in car seats (infant and booster) my hope is to have the infant in the middle and the booster on the side both sharing the '60' portion of the bench. Leaving the '40' portion as access to the 3rd row...fingers crossed...wishful thinking?
 

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I have two kids in car seats (infant and booster) my hope is to have the infant in the middle and the booster on the side both sharing the '60' portion of the bench. Leaving the '40' portion as access to the 3rd row...fingers crossed...wishful thinking?
This is exactly what I often do with my kids in our Sequoia. The hip measurements are very very close to the Ascent. Also as a side point my kids are now fully Booster seat size and Ive found narrower boosters easily allowing 2 plus an adult in the 2010 OB 2nd row or say my often 3rd kid pick up and shuffle as we parents scramble and help gets kids to various events swim team, Gymnastics, Dance etc. Though these narrower boosters still get bumped for the full on 25lb Britax seats for long road trips. The local low speed trips around home the cheap boosters are OK in our entire town top posted limit is 35mph. Which case I’m ok going basic booster vs full on 5point crash bucket seat.
 

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This is exactly what I often do with my kids in our Sequoia. The hip measurements are very very close to the Ascent. Also as a side point my kids are now fully Booster seat size and Ive found narrower boosters easily allowing 2 plus an adult in the 2010 OB 2nd row or say my often 3rd kid pick up and shuffle as we parents scramble and help gets kids to various events swim team, Gymnastics, Dance etc. Though these narrower boosters still get bumped for the full on 25lb Britax seats for long road trips. The local low speed trips around home the cheap boosters are OK in our entire town top posted limit is 35mph. Which case I’m ok going basic booster vs full on 5point crash bucket seat.
Good to know! Thanks. Hooray for no significant hump in the second row floor. I'm hoping the seat belt fit for the second row center is good for my slim 8 year old in a high backed booster. He has special needs so will be in a HBB for as long as possible. The HBB he uses OB in our 09 Forester and 8th seat in the Odyssey is really narrow so that seems promising. It would be the cherry on top if he could use the Britax booster there. I don't have to keep such a close eye on him when he's using the secureguard belt clip.
 

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Thank you for the pictures. Is the 3rd row seat still usable with the infant seat there?
That’s exactly what we were trying to check. With our ClickConnect rear facing it was easy to access the back with the base in place (seat out). However we didn’t see a way to access the 3rd row well if there were two fixed rear facing seats in the outboard seats of the second row. With front facing seats it shouldn’t be an issue.
 

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IIRC there are 5 latch points on the bench (second row) Could you offset a car seat a bit so it’s kinda sitting half on the center seat and half on the other passenger seats closest to the door?
 

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7-passenger with 2 Car Seats

As we know, there's no way to get around a rear-facing car seat. I was able to get in through the forward-facing seat, but it is tight. The forward-facing chair you see here is slid all the way back towards the 3rd row (max space). The front passenger seat here is set for my regular height husband (5-11). We are a 4-person family, so won't need 3rd row except for visitors or going out with another couple. Need the cargo space (3rd row folded) more. My 2 boys sit side-by-side in our Outback - now they'll be separate bc captains chairs. My oldest may not be able to reach down b/w the seats to get toys and books and hand things to my youngest. We'll see. Things to consider though for the mamas and the papas.
 

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As we know, there's no way to get around a rear-facing car seat. I was able to get in through the forward-facing seat, but it is tight. The forward-facing chair you see here is slid all the way back towards the 3rd row (max space). The front passenger seat here is set for my regular height husband (5-11). We are a 4-person family, so won't need 3rd row except for visitors or going out with another couple. Need the cargo space (3rd row folded) more. My 2 boys sit side-by-side in our Outback - now they'll be separate bc captains chairs. My oldest may not be able to reach down b/w the seats to get toys and books and hand things to my youngest. We'll see. Things to consider though for the mamas and the papas.
Did a test ride last weekend and I took the hole family car seats and everything. I mounted the Rear facing carseat(3 month old baby) and the front facing(4 year old) . Found it very hard to move it forward while the carseat was there. The sales guys jumped through the front facing car seat then in the middle(captain chairs) and he was able to go the third row.

Dont know how challenging that will be for 65 to 70 year old grandpa. For the youg guys is fine.

If the ascent would have done something like travers or atlas about the seat i bet it would have been the perfect pick...


After driving our Cons were:

3 row access with car seats( but we might be able to get around, granpas only come maybe 4 times a year)
Cargo space with 3 rows. very hard to fit a bulky stroller.
 

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Has anyone tried 2 rear facing car seats in the 60%portion of the bench 2nd row? Would that work? And leave space for 40% portion to be used by an adult? Guess this is a similar question to the person above asking about placing booster seat in the middle.
 
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