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Poll: 8 Pass 2016 Odyssey EX or 2016 Sienna LE

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Poll: Which 8 passenger family vehicle?

  • Total votes: 37. You have voted on this poll.
2016 Honda Odyssey EX
 
19
51%
2016 Toyota Sienna LE
 
9
24%
Partridge Family Bus
 
8
22%
Other (share in a post)
 
1
3%

Poll ended at Apr 15th, 2016 2:15 pm

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Poll: 8 Pass 2016 Odyssey EX or 2016 Sienna LE

Hello fellow RFDers,

Our current family hauler is a 2004 Toyota Odyssey LE that we purchased new 12 years ago.
While it is much loved, I'd prefer to replace it on my own terms.

Either would suit our needs but I am most concerned about seating.
We (currently) need to seat:
- two adults (front)
- two older teens (bascially adult size)
- 1 tween
- two 3 year olds in booster car seats
- 1 infant

Fully loaded, we do short trips in town and road trips (6 hours+) to visit the grandparents.
I suspect we'll run into needing 3 kid seats in place while still using all 8 seats in the next few years.

What I like about the 2004 Sienna seating is the size of the "eighth" seat but it was something that I didn't realize was an important thing until we got use out of it.

Anyway, interested to hear your feedback. Perhaps you own or have rented an 8 seater for some purpose and have some hands on.

Thanks in advance!
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Lol you keep your wife pretty busy :)

1 tween??? With that rate I would get 10 passenger Sprinter :) just in case if you will run out of seats
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How tall are you and your wife? We have three teens over 5' 10" and they do not like sitting in the third row of our Sienna. If you can, I would look at a full sized SUV or full size van.
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romsan04 wrote: Lol you keep your wife pretty busy :)

1 tween??? With that rate I would get 10 passenger Sprinter :) just in case if you will run out of seats
I've even left out the older two kids that are moved away from home (mostly). ;)

I don't think my wife would be interested in a Sprinter just due to the size - more truck-like than car-like and it's out of our price range.

Thanks for the feedback
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zeddy wrote: How tall are you and your wife? We have three teens over 5' 10" and they do not like sitting in the third row of our Sienna. If you can, I would look at a full sized SUV or full size van.
That's a good point that I wasn't considering.
I'm 5'9" and my wife is 5'7". The older teens are 5' 11"+ and 5'10"+

In the Sienna, we seat the teens either in front of or behind the booster seated kids.
Then we slide the seat to take away leg room from the booster seated kid which gives it to the teen.
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I vote for pick up truck and a bunch of camping chairs ;-)
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Sienna, the Odyssey is looking old and tired.
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Tommy74 wrote: I vote for pick up truck and a bunch of camping chairs ;-)
But please think safety and use restraining ropes.

I'd go Sienna.
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[img]http://thecarseatlady.com/wp-content/up ... ns.014.png[/IMG]

from car seat lady
I looks to me that the odyssey is more flexible with where you can install the kids seats including the jump seat. They allow you to put to 3 kid seats across the rear (sans latch) or middle.

I think the sienna is standard with 3 latch positions, optional with 4th
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l69norm wrote: [img]http://thecarseatlady.com/wp-content/up ... ns.014.png[/IMG]

from car seat lady
I looks to me that the odyssey is more flexible with where you can install the kids seats including the jump seat. They allow you to put to 3 kid seats across the rear (sans latch) or middle.

I think the sienna is standard with 3 latch positions, optional with 4th
Thanks - I had forgotten about the value of the flexibility of where one can put the car seats.

It is definitely very important when you want to shift the kid seats around for coming home from (big) grocery trips or when you go to Costco and buy a big screen TV you weren't expecting :razz: or when you need to separate scrapping kids on long trips.
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would Ford Flex be part of the equation.
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300kms wrote: would Ford Flex be part of the equation.
Interesting idea.
I can't seem to find a 8 passenger variant.
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astrolad wrote: Interesting idea.
I can't seem to find a 8 passenger variant.
How about Mercedes Metris. It is RWD though.
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astrolad wrote: Interesting idea.
I can't seem to find a 8 passenger variant.
the reason I mention is because I saw Flex in a new movie that was blatantly advertising it....

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