Vehicles That are Best for Car Seats
Trying to find the best vehicle for car seats can be a chore. There are plenty of models today that offer an attractive blend of space, safety features, and creature comforts, but what many parents want to know is this: which are the best for child safety seats? Here are some of the vehicles that have proven to be worthy answers.
Nissan redesigned the mid-sized Altima for 2019 and families love the car's back seats, thanks to their spacious design that can easily accommodate two car seats. The lower LATCH anchors are easy to access and allow for hassle-free installation. The two anchor sets are exposed under plastic covers and the rear shelf has three top tether anchors. These can be accessed and connected easily. Infant seats can also be easily installed without moving the front passenger seat.
The GMC Acadia was redesigned in 2017, and although it’s 7.2 inches smaller than its predecessor, it still handles child-safety seats with ease. The Acadia makes the best use of its smaller size with second and third rows that don’t cramp legroom. There are two sets of lower LATCH anchors in the second row that can be easily accessed, and while the third row does not have LATCH anchors, it comes with a tether for every seating position.
This big Dodge Durango seems a little like a throwback SUV but performs great when it comes to towing a boat or hauling the kids. When equipped properly, the Durango has a towing capability of 7,400 pounds. Impressive power aside, it offers easy installation of car seats as well. Both convertible and rear-facing infant seats fit great in the second row. This can be done without having to move the front passenger seat for adjustment. High-back booster seats fit well in Durango's second and third rows as well. The seat belt buckles are stable and allow your toddler to use them independently.
Honda's largest SUV offers efficient car-seat handling in all three rows. The Pilot has a flat and wide second row that can accommodate three car seats. It is highly ranked for use with car seats thanks to LATCH anchor points, plenty of room, and an extra set of LATCH anchors in the third row.
The Nissan Rogue offers a roomy interior measuring nearly 70 cubic feet. The 2017 Nissan Rogue SV has the option of adding the third row at the back, which is a great feature for families with several children in car seats. This compact SUV tops others in the market in this regard. It also offers excellent cabin and passenger comfort features.
The rugged Toyota 4Runner can handle car seats just as well as it can go off-road. When not hauling gear for the trails, the vehicle's backseat handles family duty with ease. The 4Runner offers standard seating for five, but an optional third row that can increase the seating capacity to seven. Three car seats can be accommodated easily in the second-row bench that has hassle-free access to tether anchors at the top.
Accommodating car seats is a crucial aspect of any vehicle. Ensure that your choice of vehicle meets all the expectations of child-safety standards.