Mazda CX-9 Car Seats for Kids
Is there anyone on this forum who has two infant car seats in the second row of the CX-9 and another booster in the back seat ? We have a 2-1/2 old with twins on the way and are considering the Mazda CX-9 (along with Buick Enclave & Ford Expedition). We would like to have the twins in the second row seat and the toddler in the back seat. I'm not sure if I'll be able to fit two rear facing car seats in the 60% portion of the second row and be able to move the 40% portion to gain access to the third row. Also, would a twin stroller fit in the cargo with all rows up ? Preferably I would like to have the twin stroller along with an umbrella stroller also in the cargo.
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You can do this. I have an infant "base" (Graco snugride) on one side of my CX-9, 2nd row, and I was actually able to climb into the back of the vehicle with it still in place. CLIMB being the operative word here. I.e. I could slide the 2nd row forward enough for me to get back there. A toddler would have no problem I think.
WITH the infant carseat installed on the base, not sure about - have yet to try that. I imagine it would be trickier, but still possible without someone having to be tossed back there.
As for going the minivan route is concerned, we're trying to exhaust all our SUV/CUV options before we make the plunge into the Minivan land
We also have two little ones. Now the older is in the booster and the younger in the rear facing infant seat.
We went to a few different auto dealers with our car seats and installed them.
You should do that. I think that you cannot fit 3 seats in the 2nd row, or even 2 seats next to each other. I haven't tried.
Either way, there is no LATCH in the 3rd row, so take that into account.
We fit a twin stroller in the trunk with the 3rd row up. It is a relatively small stroller, Peg Aria twin. All visibility is lost, though.
Our first choice was a minivan but they were all too low for our steep driveway (yeah, great excuse :-) We took both an Outlook (the Enclave cousing) and a CX-9 for a test drive and the fitting room.
We have a Graco twin-stroller and we needed to lay it on its side to fit the CX-9 trunk, taking up all space with 3rd up.
We are more and more leaning towards a Saturn Outlook (the Enclave is $3-4K more expensive on average due to more equipment). The Expedition is actually smaller in some regards than the Enclave, unless you are going for the extended version.
In the Outlook, the twin stroller laid flat with 3rd up, with considerably more space left to stack things on top of it. I have not tried to lay both strollers since we didn't have the new stroller at the time.
If you go Outlook/Enclave, one thing I didn't like was the 2nd row bench, which is a big wall for a 2 1/2 kid. Add the small (and high) windows in 3rd row and they can't see anything. Maybe captain chairs would suit you best, since you could have both car seats in the chairs, walk in to access 3rd row and give some visibility to your kid sitting alone all the way back there.
The smaller and higher 3rd row seat was better in that regard in the CX-9 (the kids could see our heads, at least :- ) but the 3rd row windows are even smaller than on the Outlook.
Bear in mind, we could fit the stroller *and nothing else*, as it is long and had to stand on its side. The upper side was flush with the top of the third-row seats, so no stacking there either. We thought of using the empty seat in 2nd row to carry groceries and smaller things, but ultimately had to get real and go for a minivan (we later learned that the Sienna has almost as much ground clearance as the CX-9.)
The car looks cool and drives like a car, not an SUV.
On our second trip we went down there with one Graco SnugRide and one Baby Trend Flex-Loc. The Flex-Loc is only 16.5" at it's widest. With these two seats we were able to move the 40% if I just had the bases installed without the car seats in them. So I'm pretty sure with couple of the Flex-Loc's we will be easily able to fit couple of rear facing car seats in the second row and still be able to access the third row.
Also, I was able to fit a Graco Passage stroller on it's side in the trunk without any problem. I think the Double Snap-n-Go is about the same size (or even smaller) so it's should also fit easily in there.
In our test drive, it was a shore to pass the car-seat through the narrow opening when a car was parked next to it.
We have one rear facing and one front facing on our second row and a front booster seat in the 3rd row behind the single seat. Because we need access to the 3rd row we push the 2nd row forward to assist easy entry.
The best thing you can do for your children is to drive safely and love them (which I'm sure you do)
Are there three "Latch" System seats in the second row? Or just 2 (on the outside)? Looking to purchase and didn't notice last time I went to dealer.
Has anyone else dealt with this?? Uusally there is a metal bar of some sort under the front seat toward the back that you can attach the strap to...
I see nothing like that in this car!! Any help would be appreicated!
We did use the tether when we turned the seat around to be forward facing for my older daughter before she transitioned to a booster seat. Most car seats don't allow for the tether to be used when the are rear facing, so most cars lack a dedicated anchor in the footwells. You will be fine with the seat attached just by the two lower latch points.
Does anyone know if there are 3 latches in the second row in either the 2009 or 2010 CX-9? I need to attach three car seats and don't want to use the regular seatbelts, but we want to use the latches. Thanks!
triplets eh? yikes
ping me if you have questions, the manual is very detailed (this is the 2009).