Large families require three rows of seats to take everyone where they need to go in one vehicle. Some family members are often small children who require various types of car seats to ride in a vehicle safely. The 2022 Kia Telluride is the largest SUV in the Kia family, and it does give you three rows of seats, but that doesn’t always translate to car seat usage.
Technology and stability for child seats in vehicles have come a long way since vehicles didn’t have seat belts in them. Today, you expect to find LATCH and tether anchor positions to attach the safety seat to the vehicle’s seat frame. These anchors provide additional strength and support, keeping the child seat properly positioned during hard braking or collisions.
Does the 2022 Kia Telluride have LATCH anchors?
The third row of seats in the Telluride has one set of lower LATCH anchors and two top teacher anchors, according to Cars.com. Car seats fit easily in this SUV’s second and third rows with secure installation in four seating positions.
How many car seats can fit in the Telluride?
The second row can fit two car seats, which is the same as the third row. There isn’t room in either row, even with a three-seat bench, to fit three car seats across. Few families require more than four car seats in a vehicle, but if yours does, the Telluride isn’t large enough to handle all the car seats you need. Most families typically only need room for one car seat at a time, for which there’s ample room in this Kia SUV.
What was the car seat installation grade for the Telluride?
All car seats earned grades of either an A or B for the ease of installation in the Kia Telluride.
Those earning an A show, there is plenty of room for the seat and the child. Once installed, the child seat doesn’t impact the legroom for the passenger in front. Latch and tether anchors are easy to find and connect to, and no seat contouring is required to fit the seat.
Those seats earning a B grade have one issue regarding fit or connection.
Seats receiving an A grade in the Kia Telluride were:
- Rear-facing convertible
- Forward-facing convertible
- Third-row forward-facing convertible
- Third-row Latch
The car seats earning a B grade were:
- Infant seat
- Third-row access
- Third-row booster
The third-row access isn’t a car seat but how easy it is to get in and out of this area of the SUV. Thanks to the one-button slide feature, access to this area is relatively large and easy to use. Similarly, the Latch and third-row Latch grades are earned for the system in the vehicle, not for the car seats themselves.
The Kia Telluride alerts you to take your kids with you
There are times when children fall asleep in the rear of a vehicle, and our distracted minds make us forget some of what we are doing. Thankfully, this SUV has a Rear-Seat Alert, which is a feature that reminds you that you have something in the back of the vehicle. If you’ve opened the rear door before heading out, the system is triggered to alert you once you’ve stopped and turned off the engine.
What safety systems does the Telluride include?
If you’re trusting this Kia SUV with your family, you want it to have advanced safety features. According to Kelley Blue Book, the Telluride comes with:
- Forward-collision warning
- Automatic emergency braking
- Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts
- Rear parking sensors
- Safe exit assist
- Highway driving assist
- Navigation-based smart cruise control
The Kia Telluride checks off the boxes for safety alerts and car seat installation to be an SUV that fits a family of up to eight people. If you need more than four car seats or have a larger family, this SUV won’t be the one for you, but with eight or fewer family members and the need for fewer car seats, the Telluride could easily be the SUV you want to drive.