Cars.com 2022 Car Seat Compatibility Report Card | News

As any seasoned parent can tell you, families grow fast – does your car run at speed? Parents and caregivers go from aimless driving during those early months of sleepless nights to neighborhood carpool driving in the blink of an eye. Although we can’t help train your baby to sleep, we Can Helps you find a family car that can handle moving every car seat from infant to seat and beyond.

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The Cars.com 2022 Car Seat Compatibility Report Card collects the total value of our car seat inspections on 52 vehicles for a year. Editor-in-chief Jenny Newman and I are both certified child occupant safety technicians and mothers of children who have gone through every stage of car seat use. From large SUVs and three-row pickup trucks to mini crossovers and sedans, we’ve installed child safety seats in each and evaluated the vehicles’ suitability for a variety of them. We also look at each vehicle’s Latch system, lower anchors and upper anchors, which are supposed To make car seat installation easier, but sometimes frustrating.

Best cars for car seats

Cars.com Car Seat Inspection was launched in 2010, and we have installed car seats in more than 650 vehicles over the years. Every year, there are a few cars that outperform our car seat inspection by receiving the highest A-score in all categories. For 2022, the following vehicles are on the 2022 Honor Roll:

  • 2022 Acura RDX: Acura has updated its smallest SUV for 2022, giving the RDX an updated design as well as additional safety and connectivity technology. Like its predecessor, the 2022 RDX offers easy-to-reach Latch anchors and ample room for two vehicle seats.
  • 2021 and 2022 Audi Q5 Sportback: The Q5 Sportback takes the luxury compact SUV and adds a cable-like design to the rear. The car seat fit is excellent on the Q5 Sportback, making it a good choice for families who want something that stands out from the crowded compact SUV field.
  • 2022 Cadillac XT5: The XT5 is a luxury mid-size SUV that seats five people. With easy-to-reach bolt anchors and ample legroom, the XT5 easily accommodated two car seats in our test to receive top marks across the board.
  • 2021 and 2022 Ford Escape PHEV: The Ford Escape compact SUV is also available in a plug-in hybrid form such as the Escape PHEV. Given the battery’s positioning, there’s a bit less legroom in the PHEV’s back seat, but that didn’t stop it from earning straight A grades on our car seat check thanks to the easy-to-reach anchors and generous legroom for both car seats.
  • 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid: The South Korean automaker redesigned the 2022 Tucson and added a hybrid version. Ample legroom and a well-designed Latch system helped it achieve all A-scores in our test.
  • 2022 Kia EV6: Kia’s new electric 2022 EV6 impresses with its attractive range and affordable prices; Families will also love the five-seater SUV’s spacious back seat and easy-to-access latch anchors, which helped it earn high marks on the car seat inspection.
  • 2021 and 2022 Volkswagen ID.4: Volkswagen’s latest all-electric vehicle is a compact SUV that seats five, with a rear seat that’s more spacious than its tidy dimensions suggest. ID.4 scored all A grade thanks to its easy-to-reach anchors and ample legroom.
  • 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan: The Tiguan, a compact and roomy SUV, has been updated for 2022 and can have two or three rows of seats. The SEL Premium R-Line we tested received all A grades on our car seat inspection.

However, not all vehicles are overachievers. Below is the Car Seat Fitability Report Card 2022, grouped by vehicle type. We install the Chicco KeyFit 30 infant car seat, Graco Contender 65 convertible and Graco TurboBooster in every vehicle we test. The front seats adjust for a 6-foot-tall driver and a shorter passenger. The three car seats are installed in the second row of the car, with the booster seat behind the driver. Infant seats and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat. On three-row SUVs and vans, we install a convertible and booster front seat in the third row and assess how easy or difficult it is to get to the third row.

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We’ve listed the results of our car seat reviews below. The abbreviations in the tables are:

  • latch: Bottom anchors and top rope system (in row two and/or row three)
  • infant: Rear-facing infant seat
  • RFC: Convertible Rear Facing
  • FFC: convertible front
  • Supporter: high back seat
  • between: 3rd grade arrival

We use letter scores to rate each compound. For more information about a specific vehicle, click Check the relevant car seat.

Car seat inspection 2022 by body style

Two-row SUV

Two-row SUVs come in a variety of sizes, from the popular compact SUV to the more spacious mid-size version. For families with one or two children, they easily cope with family life.

Three-row SUV

The three-row SUV has abandoned minivans as the family’s favorite transporter. Families will want as much functionality as possible from this third grade, so they should pay attention to how many top rope anchors there are and how easy or difficult it is for their children to get to third grade with the least amount of help.

mini fan

It’s safe to say we love the minivan at Cars.com, especially after we finished a deep dive in the class, declaring the Kia Carnival the best minivan during a recent comparison. Minivans know how to live with their amazing use of space, and family friendly technology – the vacuum cleaner! – and more.

pickup trucks

Americans love their pickups, and many pickup trucks can easily cope with family life. Spacious crew compartments often have plenty of room for all kinds of car seats, and can often fit three across the back seat. Correctly using the top rope anchor in a pickup truck can sometimes be more frustrating than negotiating bedtime with your child.

EVs, PHEVs, and Hybrids

If you are worried about the planet And the Getting your kids to daycare on time, these cars are a good place to start.

sedans

The sedans have lost a favorite with many auto shoppers, but are well worth a look for families, especially with the current shortage of stock. You might find a good deal on a neglected sedan, which makes your wallet happy.

hatchback

Is it a hatch or a small SUV? We can spin it around, but the functionality of a hatchback can be great.

With 52 vehicles tested for 2022, it’s clear that families have plenty of options. When shopping for your next family car, there is a lot to consider, including the one that will fit your needs right now as well as in a few years. Does this mean more car seats or inhalation Teenager driver?

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