I reallly like both of these rigs and am seriously thinking about adding one to the stable in the next few months.
We've driven both a Gen II Montero, and a Gen II.5 Montero. Liked them both, with the edge going to II.5 due to styling, improved comfort, added cupholders, etc.
I have 3 kids in forward facing carseats, and tend to need to carry extra people on occasion, so I think the 3rd row would definitely get a workout.
I'm thinking that if I put on kid in the rear row with one seat flipped up it would still allow for a fair amount of cargo space on a daily basis.
What's cool though, is that all 3 carseats fit perfectly fine 3 across, leaving the rear area only for cargo, if need be.
ALSO, with two kids in the 3rd row, and one in the middle, we could actually remove the empty seat to allow for very easy entry/exit. Might actually be very nice on a long trip so as to not have to squeeze around the flipped and tumbled middle seat. This setup could be utilized seeing as how we have a small cargo/camp trailer that has served very well to carry pretty much ALL our camping gear. This is without even considering the roof of our vehicle for storage, which COULD be utilized if need be.
My decision really has to do with seating arrangement. the 3rd row really does allow us to spread out, and be comfortable. I think that going to be a very important thing as my kids grow. Cargo can really go anywhere we want it to.
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