CHICAGO – On the lookout for a new vehicle and concerned about car seat safety and installation ease? Cars.com has a list for you.
Each year, Cars.com Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians install car seats in nearly 100 new car models. These Car Seat Checks test each vehicle’s LATCH system and its ease of use by installing an infant seat, a convertible seat, and a booster seat. Cars are graded on an A to F scale.
“We have three Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians who install and write our Car Seat Checks,” said Jennifer Newman, Cars.com managing editor of news. “During these checks, we investigate a car’s LATCH system, which is supposed to make car seat installation easier, but oftentimes doesn’t, as well as how different car seat styles fit into a car.
“Out of 84 model-year 2016 and 2017 vehicles tested in our Car Seat Checks, only six have made the Cars.com Car Seat Honor Roll,” she continued. “These six cars earned the top score of A in all of our Car Seat Check categories, setting them apart as the very best vehicles for car-seat installation.”
The Honor Roll recognizes the cars tested that make car seat installation easier for families. These include:
2017 Ford Escape –This five-seat compact SUV makes quick work of car seat installation with its easy-to-access LATCH anchors, removable head restraints, and reclining rear seatbacks.
2017 GMC Acadia – Despite shrinking in size, the redesigned 2017 Acadia earned an A in all Car Seat Check criteria. This midsize SUV is available with two or three rows.
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – This vehicle features a roomy backseat with plenty of space for two rear-facing car seats and exposed LATCH anchors for quick car-seat installation.
2016 Jaguar XF – While Jaguar may not be the first automaker that comes to mind when thinking about family cars, it certainly knows how to treat a family well. The redesigned XF features one of technicians’ favorite styles of LATCH anchors: They sit behind removable plastic covers, making car seat installation easy.
2016 Mini Clubman – This Mini isn’t so mini anymore. The Clubman has grown a foot in length, helping it earn top honors in its Car Seat Check, but it also still manages to be fun to drive.
2016 Toyota RAV4 – When it comes to car seats, the RAV4 is at the top of the class. Cars.com experts praise the RAV4’s “massive” backseat, which helps it easily handle those space-hogging rear-facing car seats.