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Prius - how much space on back seat?

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Posted by michu on December 7, 2005, 6:24 pm
 
Hi happy owners of Toyota Prius,
I have one question - is it possible to fit three child seats on the
back seat of Prius? Doesn't have to be ISO-FIX, but I need that
information to decide if I want to buy one. Local dealers doesn't have
that model to look at.


Posted by afdrf1@gmail.com on December 11, 2005, 2:20 am
 
The short answer to your question is, "probably not"  -- but child
seats differ greatly in width, and it may be possible to find 3 that do
fit.

The back seat is OK for 2 adults and a child in a booster, but just
barely.  I just measured ours (2004) and the clearance from armrest to
armrest is 50-3/4 inches, with the possibility of a small measurement
error.  But recall that you need some spaces so as to access the
"sockets" that the metal tabs plug into.  Edmunds lists the width as
"Rear Hip Room: 51.6 in." but I measured at the widest part of the
armrest, not the part closest to the seatback, since most child seats
are rigid and not tapered fore-to-aft.

If just a booster is needed in 1 or 2 positions, styrofoam blocks with
a light cushion wrapped in a pillowcase would probably work as well
(the goal is a bit of height so the lap part of the belt goes across
the thighs and not the tummy, and a shorter seat so the legs can dangle
w/o the child scooting forward from the seatback).  Such homemade
boosters could be made skinny.  That'd be fine for modest trips, but
crowded for cross-country tours.

Hope that helps.


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