5 Easiest Cars for Car Seats

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If you have children you probably know how difficult it is to load a car seat while making sure it’s secured safely. They don’t always fit into your car especially if you’re reaching into third row seating. On top of that, the hardware for the LATCH system can be a real pain until you’ve got enough experience with it. Luckily, for you we’ve compiled a list of vehicles that are a little easier at loading a car seat into than others. Each of these vehicles come with a rating of acceptable or higher in the Insurance for Highway Safety ratings examining child-seat use. Our list includes the Ford Edge, Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and the Nissan Pathfinder.

The new Ford Edge was definitely designed keeping families with children in mind. The new bold design of the 2015 Ford Edge demands attention. Coupled with state-of-the-art technology and performance, this vehicle appealing overall. As an added bonus, the Ford Edge is one of the top vehicles for parents with young children using car seats. The wide rear doors and low floor load make loading and unloading a breeze. The back seats have easily accessible LATCH anchors located just under the seat back, which reclines for even better visibility. For the LATCH system, infant, rear-facing convertible and forward facing convertible car seats this vehicle allows for plenty of room for the car seat and the child, doesn’t impact the driver or front passenger leg room, has easy to find LATCH and tether anchors, has no fitting issues with the head restraint or seat contouring and has easy access to the third row. It’s easy to see why the Ford Edge made it to the top of our list of the best vehicles for car seats.

The 2015 Honda Odyssey is known for having greater flair design than other vehicles like it. It is equipped with some of the best safety equipment, making it even more desireable for moms and dads. The Honda Odyssey gives families the best odds for avoiding accidents and avoiding injury if an accident is to occur. When it comes to car seats, this is one of the top choices on the market today. LATCH anchors are easily located in fully exposed in both the second and third rows, with 3 located in row two and 2 located in row three. The third row access is easy thanks to the wide door openings and low load floor. For infant, rear-facing convertible and forward facing convertible car seats this vehicle allows for plenty of room for the car seat and the child, doesn’t impact the driver or front passenger leg room, has easy to find LATCH and tether anchors, has no fitting issues with the head restraint or seat contouring and has easy access to the third row. There is also plenty of room for LATCH, forward-facing convertible and booster seats.

The Kia Sedona is a fascinating choice for families looking for a minivan. Daringly redesigned in 2015, this minivan is a comfortable and capable family hauler. With a long list of standard and optional safety features, the Sedona has room for eight, plenty of storage and adds a little fun to daily family errands with its smooth ride and six-speed transmission. So how does it do with car seats? Just like many of the other minivans on the market, the Sedona is an all-purpose family vehicle with no problem accommodating child-safety seats. In fact, it is one of the best among minivans for car seat installation. For the LATCH, infant, rear-facing convertible, forward-facing convertible and booster seat this vehicle allows for plenty of room for the car seat and the child, doesn’t impact the driver or front passenger leg room, has easy to find LATCH and tether anchors, has no fitting issues with the head restraint or seat contouring and has easy access to the third row.

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is one of the best three-row crossover SUVs you can buy. The 2015 version of the GL-Class comes with more interior space, updated powertrains, revised dashboard and console design. Add on the new advanced safety features and it’s refined exterior and this beauty has made its way to the top of many family’s lists. The second row is wider than any mid-size SUV and most small SUVs. An added bonus with this vehicle is that the seatbelts do not cross over with the LATCH anchors, making things that much easier for families using car seats. The second row, although not adjustable for legroom, comes standard with enough room. For LATCH and infant car seats, this vehicle allows for plenty of room for the car seat and the child, doesn’t impact the driver or front passenger leg room, has easy to find LATCH and tether anchors, has no fitting issues with the head restraint or seat contouring and has easy access to the third row. This model has plenty of cargo space and the third row has decent enough room for rear-facing car seats and kids using seatbelts.

The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder is not only one of the most well-known family vehicles on the market but it’s also one of the most visually appealing. This seven passenger vehicle is perfect for families with children, it has a comfortable ride and a charming interior full of available features. The 2015 version is the longest and widest version of the pathfinder, opening up more room for car seats. The Nissan Pathfinder also has a really cool feature not seen in other SUVs or crossovers – the LATCH and glide second row seat. This second row slides forward without having to undo any LATCH-mounted child seats. For the LATCH, infant, rear-facing convertible, forward-facing convertible and booster seat this vehicle allows for plenty of room for the car seat and the child, doesn’t impact the driver or front passenger leg room, has easy to find LATCH and tether anchors, has no fitting issues with the head restraint or seat contouring and has easy access to the third row. With all of the cool features and extra room, it’s easy to see why this the Nissan Pathfinder has consistently been a more popular vehicle for families.

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Last modified: April 27, 2016

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