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Unread 06-03-2008, 12:38 PM   #1
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Patriots + Car Seat

I'm in the market for a new vehicle and the patriot is at the top of my list. The one thing I'm concerned with is weather the rear seat is carseat friendly. My daughter is 8 months old so she'll be in the rear facing infant seat for a few more months. Does anyone have car seats in their patriots?

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Unread 06-03-2008, 03:03 PM   #2
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I have two car seats in mine, one was rear facing until last week. There is plenty of room, even with the front seats pushed back.
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Unread 06-03-2008, 05:54 PM   #3
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Two qualifiers...first, I have the Compass and second, my daughter is 22...but I was impressed by the safety data.Crash test ratings are very good! You can argue that somethings about the Compass/Patriot are cheaper than some cars, Chrysler/Jeep didn't skimp on safety
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Unread 06-03-2008, 08:14 PM   #4
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That's good to hear. We have a Camry and the car seat is tight in the back and my vehicle is a 2 dr explorer so anything will be an improvement over that. The patriot/compass seem to fit my criteria perfectly i'm looking in the used market so hopefully i can find one speced how I would like it for a decent price. Thanks for the help, hopefully i'll be posting pictures of my patriot in the next few weeks ;-)
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Unread 06-05-2008, 06:24 AM   #5
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If you are tall and want the seat all the way back and reclined a few degrees then it will push the car seat. With that said, I'm 6'3" and 260 lbs. I have long legs but I can adjust the height, forward/backward position and then recline angle and still find a comfortable position to keep the little one in rear facing mode. By the law she is old enough to go forward facing but she doesn't seem to mind. I would like to keep her rear facing until we reach the weight maximum on the seat or she starts ripping the seat apart from hating the rear facing mode.

In another 4 weeks she will have a little brother to stare at ... what the heck was I thinking? Two blessings under 2 years of age?

Edit: I just swapped her seat to behind the drivers seat. It's a bit tight for me but I can find positioning to drive "comfortably" until she gets closer to 30 lbs which is the weight limit on our car seat in rear facing mode. I'm two clicks forward on the seat and it is positioned nearly vertical. I prefer a bit more angle in the back of my seat as it relieves the pressure on my hips. I always remind myself that this temporary. Soon they will be forward facing or in booster seats and then there is plenty of room.

One other note. There are only 4 LATCH points in the back seats. The two inside points are too wide apart for a seat in the middle and if you need two seats then you can't fit one in the middle and another in an outside position (I've measured and looked at it). Also, unless you are a very narrow person you would be hard pressed to sit between two car seats. With two car seats using the LATCH system you have to have them in the outboard positions since there is no room. With one seat you MIGHT be able to use the LATCH system in the middle but the attachment points are a bit far apart. Check with the seat manufacture owners manual as to what they recommend. If its a no go with them then to put a seat in the middle you will have to use the regular seat beat.
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Unread 06-05-2008, 04:35 PM   #6
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Unread 06-06-2008, 10:07 AM   #7
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We just switched from the tiny-baby car seat (base plus seat) to the stand-alone seat (that can be rear-facing or front-facing). Our son is still 8 months old/about 20 pounds, so he's still rear-facing. The old seat was fine; the new one is REALLY tight (because it's bigger, and sits directly on the seat, instead of being raised by the base).

Moral of the story: take your car seat to the dealer and try it out. They're not all the same. I can't sit in the passenger seat anymore, and even my 5'2 wife is really cramped and often has to sit with her legs crossed in the seat because there's no room in footwell.

I don't think this is a Patriot's more of a function of how much space rear-facing seats can take up. We've had it in the other cars we've had too (except our Honda Element...that had amazing space). We're feeding our kid lots so he'll get heavy enough to face forward soon!
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Unread 06-06-2008, 01:06 PM   #8
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My son is almost 15 months old now, and he's in a forward-facing booster seat. It's a pretty big seat (Eddie Bauer) and it fits fine in the back seat of the Jeep.
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Unread 06-11-2008, 07:49 PM   #9
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We have one forward facing car seat. The cool thing is the adjusting backs of the rear seats. this allowed perfect fitment of the car seat.
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Unread 03-06-2010, 10:25 AM   #10
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I know this is old, but we just got a Bertini car seat, and I can't fit it behind me (6'2"), and as long as were are only going in town, it's fine for the wifey (5'6-8""). That's with the base installed, with just the seat, it's not to bad at all. This is in a 2007 Jeep Patroit
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Unread 03-06-2010, 10:38 AM   #11
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2 forward facing car seats work fine in our Patriot for our grandchildren. Our daughter might possibly get 1 booster seat and 2 car seats in the back of her GMC Envoy but it is gonna be tight. I think the size of the car seat has a lot to do with fitment solutions.
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