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When shopping for full-size trucks with kids, car seat compatibility is a concern of many. Should you have children, your vehicle must be able to accommodate them as they grow. A full-size truck will do just that, with room to spare, making it a popular choice. While all vehicles produced after the year 2000 must have child seat anchors, not all are created equal. It’s time to sort out the heroes from the zeros.

The Toyota Tundra is one of the best trucks for the job

One of the more competetive full-size trucks: A desert tan Toyota Tundra
Toyota’s answer to full-size trucks: the Tundra | Raymond Boyd via Getty Images

Frist up on the list of full-size trucks is the Toyota Tundra. Long a staple of the large truck scene, its stayed there for a reason. Kids across america have grown up in these, myself included. Newer Tundra models of course have child seat anchors, and can accomodate everything from a rear-facing seat to a booster without issue.

The Tundra also boasts fantastic (and durable) interior accommodations front and rear. Additionally, a slew of airbags can be found throughout many new and used Tundra models, according to U.S News. Despite the plethora of airbags, the Tundra takes a hit in the crash safety department. The truck falls somewhat flat in crash safety, so take that into consideration when comparing the Tundra to other offers.

The Ford F-150 is a strong choice too

The Ford F-150 at a press event
Ford’s full-size offering: the F-150 | Nic Antaya via Getty Images

Speaking of other offers, the Ford F-150 has been America’s most popular truck for a reason. It’s not unusual to see these vehicles in the Baby Bjorn parking lot. Once again, newer models fair better when it comes to accommodating children. Child seat anchors are plentiful, and more readily accessible than in the Tundra. Unlike the Tundra, anchors are not hidden by cheap-feeling plastic covers.

When compared again to the Tundra, the F-150 does fall flat on reliability, an important point, children or not. Thankfully, it somewhat makes up for the lower reliability scores in the features department. Newer models offer tons of standard safety tech like rear cross-traffic alert, great for busy driveways full of kids.

The Chevy Silverado is a great pick

A white Chevy Silverado on display
Chevy’s Silverado | Raymond Boyd via Getty Images

Speaking of safety, Chevy’s full-size truck offering, the Silverado, has that in spades. Just like the F-150, it offers cross-traffic alerts and many other standard safety features. The Silverado also beats out the F-150 in reliability, though it can’t quite match the reputation Toyota has built. Fret not, as child seat compatibility is plenty strong, with excellent rear cabin room for bulkier seats.

Regardless of your pick, all three trucks are strong contenders. The real tiebreaker will come down to preference in safety features and reliability. Frankly, the Silverado seems like the Goldilocks of the bunch; offering great safety tech, seat room, and reliability without paying the premium you would for Toyota’s excellent reputation for reliability.


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