These 10 Cars Are the Best for Car Seat Installation

Installing a car seat is a whole lot easier when your car is designed to help.
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
Sep 2017
Mom putting newborn baby in car seat into car.
Photo: Ariel Skelley / Getty Images

To the parents agonizing over car seat installation: It’s not you. Nearly three out of every four car seats are installed incorrectly, and in some cases, the design of your car is to blame. In an effort to call out cars who actually make this job easier, Cars.com has released its annual Car Seat Check Honor Roll. This year, only 10 vehicles make the list.

What does it take for a car to make the grade? It needs to be a 2017 or 2018 model that earned an ‘A’ in each Cars.com Car Seat Check category within the last year. At every Car Seat Check, certified child passenger safety technicians looks into whether or not a car’s LATCH system actually makes seat installation easier, and how well a car can accommodate an infant car seat, rear-facing convertible, forward-facing convertible and booster. Third row car seat access is also a consideration.

In total, 65 vehicles were tested. The 10 that clinched spots on the Honor Roll all have LATCH systems that are up to snuff and plenty of room for at least two car seats.

  1. 2018 Chevrolet Equinox
  2. 2017 Genesis G90
  3. 2017 GMC Acadia
  4. 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid
  5. 2017 Lincoln Continental
  6. 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  7. 2017 Subaru Impreza
  8. 2018 Volkswagen Atlas
  9. 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
  10. 2017 Volvo S90

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