Yeah, we thought about the access issue. We don't have extra passengers that often, but when we have family in town, it would be nice to take one vehicle. When we do though, we often drive to my aunt's house, which is an hour away, go out to dinner, then back. So that'll be a lot of driving in a fairly cramped space. The one thing I saw about it on a yt review
was that the 3rd row seat angles down a bit, so you're basically in a fetal position. But the dude was 6'+, and managed to sit without his knees touching the 2nd row, which is impressive.
One setup we're contemplating is putting Bryn's front-facing car seat/booster
(by the time we buy the car in mid to late 2019) in the 3rd row, and the little on in the middle row. That'll allow us the ability to recline the other side to get access to the back row. When we don't have visitors, we could just move Bryn back to the 2nd row, and have the 3rd row down for extra storage space.
The minivan stigma is there, but we're open to buying one. We've included it in our search parameters, but liked the Outlander as our first choice so far.
Aside from announcing twins or more for the next pregnancy, there's no way we're going to top the first one, haha. :)
What kind of gas mileage do you guys get on the highlander and journey, both models we've looked at. I can check the ratings online, but I mean your actual experience, which tends to be a little lower than the listed rating.