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Old 12-30-2003, 02:52 AM   #1
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Unable to see a Focus in person...will it fit 3 children in car seats?

Due to job constraints I'm unable to view a Ford Focus. I've heard great things about it. I was going to buy 04 ZX3 but last week I found out we have new baby coming our way. Now the grand total is three! Just wondering will three toddlers (3, 1, and infant) fit comfortably in a ZX3? If not what do you think about the Escape? Thanks!


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Old 12-30-2003, 02:53 AM   #2
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I'm fairly certain you could do it. The ZX3 has three rear shoulder belts, and supports the LATCH system.
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I'm sorry I meant ZTS
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Old 12-30-2003, 03:45 AM   #4
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The ZTS is a sedan and has 4 doors. That might make more sense than a ZX3.
With a small family, you might consider the SE or ZTW wagon. The length is only 3.3 inches more than a ZTS yet lots more room for stuff. Plus you get the great handling of the other models.
ZTS will handle four adults so I imagine you would be fine with youself and three small ones.
BTW, it is also a very safe car esp if you order the side airbags.


The Escape? I like the escape but it is a whole different ride. The thing about the Focus is...well...just like they say in their ad, " European driveing performance for under $14000." well maybe a little more with some goodies. The Focus is a great small car. One of the most common things you here about the Focus from everyday drivers to auto testers is that the car is "fun" to drive. I agree completely.
I'd had enough of Mini-vans and SUVs. Driving preformance on the road is a secondary issure for these types of vehicals and as such it is generally only adequate. Oh, they're probably safe to drive, under most circumstances, but wow once I sat behind the wheel of a Focus and took it for a test drive, I realized what I'd been giving up to drive those beasts. Besides why drive a mini-van or SUV if you're not hauling around tons of stuff or regularly going off road?
This is not news to anyone, but 90% of suv's never see a dirt road, and the Focus can handle dirt roads, snow, just fine. And then there is the Hummer.....impressive or stupid? Guess what I think!?

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Thanks for all the great info! But I what about myself, three small ones, and my wife!
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Once again, you should be fine.

2nd row seats have the following dimentions for the ZTS
Head room 38.3"
Sholder room 53.6"
Hip room 50.7"
Leg room 34.7"

Consumer Reports magazine rates the ZTS at the top of the small car class.
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Thanks for all the great info! But I what about myself, three small ones, and my wife!
I traded in a minivan for a zx5..if u like the body style of the zx3 better than the sedan consider the zx5...I have an 11yr old and almost 13yr old...I've ridden in the back with them and I was pretty comfy...the carseats may be an issue...some car seats are much wider and harder to install so u may want to think about that...I researched the zx5 before buying and it is a pretty safe car..it has 3 shoulder belts in the back also...basically, I think it has about as much room as any compact would have...as far as the escape goes, I not much of an suv lover
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I wouldn't do it, the ZTS or the ZX5. Thats alot to get into that size car. Two adults, three kids plus car seats plus baby bag, etc..........sounds like a bad idea to me. Those kids are only going to get bigger and if you do any traveling at all (even across town) it is going to be a major pain in the a$$.

In addition, loaded down I don't think you're going to be happy with the power from that 4-banger. I would look more in the 6 cylinder line of vehicles, it will do a better job of hauling that many bodies around and do it in better comfort.
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I wouldn't do it, the ZTS or the ZX5. Thats alot to get into that size car. Two adults, three kids plus car seats plus baby bag, etc..........sounds like a bad idea to me. Those kids are only going to get bigger and if you do any traveling at all (even across town) it is going to be a major pain in the a$$.
I agree that a focus compared to an suv or minivan doesn't give much room for a family of 5 but if it's a 2nd car I think it would be fine and like u say..road trips are out of the question...but if they are considering a compact veh anyway, I think the focus is just as good as any...I personally, would not have wanted it when my 2 were little in car seats, we had a thunderbird and even tho it was a 2 door there was much more room for car seats...
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Either way, if you get a fOCUS ZX3/ZX5, Sedan or Wagon, the three car seats should fit in the back seats but it will be tight. I've had 3 teenagers(14, 16 1nd 17) sit in the back with no complaints.......well except for they would like more leg room but....hey, I have to have my leg room up front too.
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