2012 Chevrolet Equinox: Car Seat Check

2012 chevrolet equinox
The Equinox may be Chevy's smallest crossover, but there's nothing compact about its backseat. The second row offers plenty of head- and legroom, and it slides forward and back to offer even more space. Those family-friendly features coupled with visible Latch anchors and wide, flat seats made installing child-safety seats a breeze.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

2012 chevrolet equinox booster
The front seats are adjusted to a comfortable position for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver's seat, and the infant seat and convertible seats are installed behind the passenger seat. We also install the infant seat in the second row's middle seat with the booster and convertible in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit. If there’s a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible.

Here's how the Chevrolet Equinox did in Cars.com's Car Seat Check:

2012 chevrolet equinox latch
Latch system: There are two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard seats. They are exposed and there's tons of clearance between them and the seat cushion; connecting to them was straightforward.

2012 chevrolet equinox buckle
Booster seat: The booster fit nicely on the wide, flat seat, but kids may have a problem buckling up independently: The seat belts buckles are on long, floppy straps. Our high-back booster's back also covered up the middle seat's shoulder belt, which would inconvenience that passenger. One other oddity: There's no head restraint for the middle seat. A high-back booster must be used in this seating position to support a child passenger's head and neck in a crash.

2012 chevrolet equinox rear conv
Convertible seat: The rear-facing convertible had plenty of room thanks to the sliding second-row bench. It didn't steal any front-seat passenger room. The forward-facing convertible was also easy to install. Although the head restraints are fixed, we didn't need to remove them to get the seat to fit properly. There are three tether anchors midway down the seatback, and there’s plenty of clearance around the anchors.

2012 chevrolet equinox forward conv
Infant-safety seat: There was more than enough room for the infant car seat, and it was easy to install with its traditional anchors. The second row's middle seat doubles as an armrest, however, so it's not a safe place for a rear-facing car seat. The armrest could flip down and injure the child.

2012 chevrolet equinox infant
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

Editor's note: For three car seats -- infant-safety seat, convertible and booster seats -- to fit in a car, our criterion is that a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat.

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I believe the Captiva Sport is smaller than the Equinox.

whoa what is a convertible seat lolz? that is cooooool. i should get me one of those!


Any idea about 2 baby seats and 1 convertible car seat? We just found out we're having twins and would really like to know if we can keep our car, because we LOVE it. We would plan for the 2 infants on the outside, with the toddler car seat (he is NOT in a booster yet) in the middle. Your help would be much appreciated.


Do the latches seem off to side in this vehicle?

Didn't Buy an Equinox

We tried to fit a Britax Boulevard CS front facing in the back seat of the Equinox and it did not fit. The non-removable headrest blocked it from sitting against the rear seat back.


We have a 2011 Equinox and discovered with turning our britax marathon FF, we needed to removed the "fixed headrest"...it is actually removable with a little manipulation (we had to do the same thing in our Malibu).


The owner's manual of this vehicle contains instructions on securing the armrest with a strap that is provided by the manufacturer and stowed in the glove compartment, so that the rear-facing seat may be installed in the center position, which is safest. (In general, unless the vehicle manufacturer says otherwise, there is no safety risk known to installing rear-facing seats in positions with flip-down armrests. However, it's nice they address this to make the spot useable since apparently they had concerns in this case!)


Our 2010 Equinox is having similar issues as others above with the head rest. I called GM, only to be told that althought my Graco Nautilus AND my Graco MyRide won't installed correctly with the fixed headrest, that it can't be removed (shouldn't.. it's a safety risk??????) and to buy new car seats?! Really? Disappointed!


I would like to point out that the manual for the Graco Turbobooster states that the booster seat must sit flush against the back of the seat. I found that, due to the fixed headrests, that it does not sit flush. As a result, you can not safely use the Turbobooster in the Equinox. In fact, I'm having a very difficult time finding a booster that does work correctly.


If you look online you can find a tutorial to remove the headrests on the backseat. I had the same problem with my boosters!


I have the same question as Ashlea!
Can I fit 3 seats in the back? Twins, so 2 infant and one convertible seat.

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