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How much cargo space in 10 passenger?

We are trying to decide between a 10 or 12 passenger for our family and I cannot seem to find a measurement for the space behind the rear seat anywhere. I have been able to see a lwb 12 passenger in person, but there are not any 10 passenger rwb available without driving almost 200 miles. I'd like to be able to verify it will work for us before driving that far! We are a family of 7, but I frequently have extra people to haul with us. We have kids who compete in cycling, so we would like to fit a few bikes in the back. That would be no problem with the longer version, but I am not sure I really want a vehicle that big! Is there someone here who has a 10 passenger that can measure the distance from the back of the seat to the rear door?
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I can help without even getting out my tape measure. See below from the '15 spec sheet:

45.4" behind the last seat in the 12-passenger, and 27.6" in the 10-passenger.
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Thank you! I have looked everywhere for that!
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SOOOO much is the answer. I always see people on here talking about how they had to get the extended length because there wasn't enough space behind the last row of seats in the 10. We move 9 people around in our 10-pass and pack everyones luggage behind the last seat and have no issues. Certainly in an everyday sense, it more than gets the job done.

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...so we would like to fit a few bikes in the back...
I have a 10-passenger, and would say you would struggle to get "a few bikes in the back". Two smaller kid size bikes should fit, but after that, just not much room to squeeze all the tires and handle bars in.

Rear cargo space was a concern of mine and to me it was a bit underwhelming in person when you consider the overall size of the vehicle. By the numbers it is roughly equivalent to our Sienna that was replaced by the Transit. My wife voiced strong concerns with the size (specifically the length) of the 148" wheelbase, and we didn't like the 4-seat last row setup, and the 3-seat first row setup. We've had our 10-passenger for just over 2 weeks now and are happy with our decision.

I can take some pictures with perhaps a tape measure this evening, assuming I don't get overwhelmed by the kids!

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I am not opposed to removing the last row for race weekends. I only have 5 kids, so we would all still fit. We carry 2 race bikes on a regular basis to get to regular rides, so I do want to at least fit those without changing seats. I currently drive a minivan, and can't lose any seats, so we end up putting bikes on a rack on the back. I don't like doing that, as we can't lock them on, and they are exposed to damage being outside the car.

I really wish the back row was individual seats instead of a solid row! That would make things so much easier. I really don't think I want to drive the longer van as a daily driver. Since all my kids are in school, I am frequently by myself, and I think I would feel silly driving the long wheelbase with one person inside! I have had a suburban in the past, so driving the 10 passenger seems more reasonable to me, I guess.
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We are a family of 7 also, we got the 12 pass. The answer is a ton of cargo. I was able to see a 10 in person and would have struggled to get the double stroller and groceries in it. In the 12 is no issue. I've moved a full size wheel barrel, dishwasher, and i often out the stroller in and out workout even folding it. Groceries for your army? No problem. We don't regret the 12 at all. I often have just me and the baby, but it's not an issue. When i had my friends 4 kids plus my 5 and we could still get out, it was amazinggggg.

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^What 5gr8kids said. My wife & I drive a 12 passenger with just one or both of us most of the time, yet so regularly are reassured that the capacity is convenient that we haven't looked back. There's no substitute for an abundance of space, and if I was concerned about size I would drive a Prius. But then again, the Transit is smaller than my 172" wheelbase Super Duty, lol

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We're a family of 7 and opted for the 12 passenger as well. In between trips to sams, or luggage and always a stroller in the back, we wanted the extra room. We thought about having to go vertical while packing up after the sam's trips but the potential that it would all topple over once a rear door was opened seemed not worth it. Plus, for the price point, it was a bigger stronger van for not a whole lot extra.
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