The Best Vehicles for Families Who Still Need Car Seats
When choosing a car seat, parents often prioritize the comfort and safety of their child into their final decision. How the car seat will fit in their vehicle is an afterthought. It can be frustrating to pay upwards of $100 for a well-reviewed car seat only to find that it can’t be secured properly in the back seat.
Families who still need to use car seats should try to find cars with spacious interiors. Some cars have extra features like latch anchors and rear connectors that make installing a car seat less of a hassle. Using the Car Seat Check rating system on Cars.com, here are some of the vehicles that parents decided were the best choice for families with car seats.
2018 Subaru Impreza
This compact sedan can fit up to two car seats in the second row. It has two sets of latch anchors that can be easily accessed and three tether anchors on the car’s rear shelf. Testers found that it was easy to install a rear-facing car seat without having to move the front seats forward. The Impreza is also a great family car due to its good variety of safety features and excellent crash test ratings. Its MSRP of $18,495 is tough to beat and makes it the most affordable car on this list.
2018 Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry is one of the most affordable cars on the market, and it’s great for car seats. It has plenty of room in the back row for two car seats. Its lower latch anchors from previous models have been replaced with ones that are much easier to access. Testers found that they could install each kind of car seat without any issues. The Camry has more standard safety features than many of its competitors, good reliability ratings, and smooth handling that your child can master once they’ve reached their teen years.
2019 Jeep Cherokee
The Jeep Cherokee isn’t just for offroading enthusiasts. Every passenger seat is comfortable with plenty of room for riders to stretch their legs, and it can fit two car seats in the second row. There are two sets of latch anchors and three tether anchors on the base of the seatback. With the exception of the forward-facing convertible seat, each car seat could be easily installed without raising the head restraint. New features for this year include more cargo space, new infotainment technology, and a new 2.0-liter engine.
2018 Toyota 4Runner
This mid-size SUV is a great pick for those with bigger families. It can seat up to seven passengers and can comfortably accommodate three car seats in the second row. Each car seat was easy to install with the available connectors and left the front-seat driver with plenty of legroom. In addition to its spacious interior seats, it has a great cargo capacity of 47.2 cubic feet with the third row folded down. The 4Runner is great for offroading adventures with the family, has a good reliability rating, and has a lower price tag compared to other vehicles in its class.
2018 Genesis G90
Parents who want to drive a luxury vehicle won’t have to worry about room for car seats with this model. Up to two car seats can be installed in its roomy interior. Testers found the leather seats to be stiffer than those made from cloth upholstery, but the car seats were still easy to install with the accessible latch anchors and top tethers. Families will also be able to appreciate the G90’S big selection of infotainment features and impressive safety ratings.