3 Across Installations: Which Car Seats Fit a Chrysler Town & Country?

The Chrysler Town & Country is one of only two minivans left made by a US manufacturer, along with the Dodge Grand Caravan. It’s essentially a higher trim level of the Grand Caravan, much in the same way that the Chrysler 300 is a more luxurious Dodge Charger. It also has a somewhat deserved reputation, along with the Grand Caravan, for not being particularly car-seat friendly compared to its foreign counterparts.

However, even though the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, and Kia Sedona are highly regarded by parents around the country for their car-seat friendliness, I wanted to get an idea of what it was like to fit seats in a Town & Country, and if it was really as difficult as I’ve heard it can be. I borrowed a current generation model, cleared out some space in my garage, and got to work. My results are below!

Before reviewing them, however, it’s always worth reviewing best practices when it comes to car seat choices and car seat safety. For me, that means keeping our youngest travelers rear-facing as long as possible (ideally until 4!), followed by forward-facing them as long as possible (ideally until 8!), and then boostering them until they pass the 5-step test for adult seat belt readiness (which typically happens between 10 and 12). The goal here is to keep kids restrained as safely as possible for as long as possible.

Now that we’ve looked over the basics, here’s the list of car seats that are likely to be 3 across compatible in your Chrysler Town & Country. The list is by no means exhaustive, but it’s my goal to make it the most detailed on the Internet, and I’ll keep adding seats as I get the time and resources to test them. You can check out the complete 3 across guide for every vehicle here and the complete list of recommended seats here. The Canadian recommended car seat list is here. 3 across car seat images are courtesy of Wikipedia.

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Guaranteed 3 across installations:

2nd / 3rd row – Clek Fllo (x3).

2nd / 3rd row – Clek Foonf (x3).

2nd row – Diono Radian / RXT (x3).

2nd row – Chicco KeyFit 30, Diono Radian / RXTClek Fllo.

2nd row – Britax B-Safe 35 Elite, Diono Radian / RXTClek Fllo.

2nd row – Britax B-Safe 35, Diono Radian / RXTClek Fllo.

2nd row – Clek Foonf, Diono Radian / RXTClek Foonf.

 

Tips and Tricks:

This generation of the Chrysler Town & Country is 203 inches long and 79 inches wide, which suggests that pretty much any 3 across combination you can think of will work without trouble. However, there is only a single tether anchor in the 3rd row, which limits safe forward-facing options in the 3rd row, and 3 in total throughout the vehicle.

Besides that, something else to keep in mind is that it’s quite difficult to fit a booster seat in the 3rd row, and that it’s basically impossible to fit a Diono seat in the center 3rd row position.

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