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Anyone Haul 3 Kids in Their 4runner (Also new member)

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010-2024)' started by kB19, Oct 20, 2018.

  1. Oct 20, 2018 at 10:39 PM
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    kB19

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    In the process of making the transition to a 4runner from a double cab Tundra (also previous 2015 Tacoma owner. Triple crown?!) and curious how hauling 3 kids around in a 4runner goes? My oldest will be 3 when my third arrives this spring and trying to decide whether a 3rd row will be functionable or not. Due to it (3rd row) not having top tether anchors, I wouldn’t be using it until my oldest is in a booster and my second is in a forward facing car seat (which will be in a couple years so I may trade it in around the time when the 6th gen comes out in 2024:))Until then, I have bought narrow car seats that will/should fit 3 across in the middle row.

    It’s going to be tight either way and my wife’s Hyundai Santa Fe is going to be the primary kid hauler, but sometimes I think I should get a third row just so I have it and I can keep the lil turds from duking it out when they’re all within arms reach of each other in the 2nd. Downside of the 3rd row is that I am looking used so it limits my options and dealers like to price 3rd row 4runners like there is a price per seat. Just not sure if, even when my kids are older, I’ll even use the 3rd row.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    P.S. New here from the Pacific NW
     
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  2. Oct 20, 2018 at 10:55 PM
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    GunRunner

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    Well I cannot attest to three kids in car seats. But I’ve hauled 4 adults around in it and there seemed to be enough space for everyone to be relatively comfortable.
     
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  3. Oct 21, 2018 at 1:35 AM
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    ruiz4251

    ruiz4251 "but it was funny huh?"

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    I think Jennifer comes the closest so far. for me it's 1 wife, 1 20yr auntie, 1 granma (when they visit) 1 Layla (boxer mix) and 1 nuna rava w/17mn old (2 when his cousin comes to visit and we move it from my wife's car)
    in the cargo are
    1 stroller or thule cross 2. 1 diaper bag a Layla (mentioned above) small cooler for milk and 4 waters
    soccer ball, frisbee, 2 kites 2 baseball gloves w/baseball and sometimes 2 fishing poles (overhead)
    exchange your Layla for bigger cooler (pelican 45qt) or shopping trip.
     
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  4. Oct 26, 2018 at 8:36 PM
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    I have the 3rd row and love it. I can't see how it would hurt in your situation to have it.
     
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  5. Oct 27, 2018 at 4:16 PM
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    Oldtoyotaguy

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    I’ve hauled my three grand kids in their parents vehicle, a Pathfinder. 3 rows is definitely the way to go. 3 rows and an iPad each and its bliss back there.
     
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  6. Oct 27, 2018 at 4:42 PM
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    ruiz4251

    ruiz4251 "but it was funny huh?"

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    hahahahauuuu. good that way they dont annoy you on a long trip. you make a good point Toyotaguy I can def see a third row coming in handy on a long trip. if most of your errands are around town then a third row is a luxury at least for me. I dont need the 3rd row we have my wife's suv for that. I can definitely see the use for a 4runner with 3rd row however in my particular case it doesn't apply.
     
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  7. Oct 27, 2018 at 6:01 PM
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    ruiz4251 "but it was funny huh?"

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    I dont know Jennifer do you? (^_-) jk. I'm thinking yes but right know we're happy with this little guy hes sooo fun to have around. it's not a no we've talked about it maybe in a yr or yr n 1/2
     
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  8. Oct 27, 2018 at 6:38 PM
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    ruiz4251 "but it was funny huh?"

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    think alike you know. kid ARE a blessing
     
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  9. Jan 28, 2019 at 9:35 PM
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    Kind of resurrecting an old thread that I started.

    Finally made a decision and recently bought an 06 Sport (so no third row). 4runners with a third row do not have the top tether (nor anchors) so car seats don’t work in the third row. Also, the 2nd row of is slightly different in the 3 row versions vs. 2 row versions. The middle section of the 2nd row is wider in the 2 row versions, making it more suitable for fitting three car seats. I went with two Diono 3rxt car seats and they are narrow enough to fit a baby seat in between, but it’s a tight fight and would probably be a PIA if my kids were regularly in my vehicle.
     
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