2013 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet: Car Seat Check

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It sometimes seems that editor Jennifer Geiger and I are gluttons for punishment when it comes to installing child-safety seats into cars with cramped backseats like the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet. Our rule of thumb for Car Seat Checks is if it has a backseat, we install safety seats in it. The E-Class comes in four body styles: sedan, coupe, wagon and Cabriolet. The Cabriolet is a four-seater with a comfortable backseat, but it quickly became cramped when we added our gigantic car seats to the mix.

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.

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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 convertible seat in the second row's middle seat with the booster and infant seat 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 E550 Cabriolet did in Cars.com's Car Seat Check:

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Latch system: The Cabriolet's backseat has two sets of lower Latch anchors that are hard to reach because the stiff seat cushions are in the way. Like many convertibles, the E550 Cabriolet doesn't have tether anchors. They are not federally mandated.

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Booster seat: The rear seats have large bolsters to hold passengers in place during spirited driving. However, these same bolsters pushed our booster seat to one side of the bucket seat, covering the seat belt buckle. We were able to manhandle it into a better position, but it's unlikely a child could do the same.

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Convertible seat: We were able to install the forward-facing convertible into this err, convertible, but the rear-facing seat didn't fit in the rear seats, even though we moved the front-passenger seat as far forward as it would go.

Infant-safety seat: This rear-facing seat also didn't fit in the Cabriolet.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two can fit, but they must be forward facing.

Editor's note: For three car seats — infant-safety seat, convertible and booster seats &mdash 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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Comments 

Rich

Not exactly a practical family car. Why test a car so outside it’s practical and intended purpose. Heck, you might as well test the Chevy Spark hauling a flat of concrete bricks--see how good of a pickup truck the Spark makes. Dumb.

I'm agree with Rich, the car seat on a dream machine like this Mercedes is irrelevant!

This is very interesting post..and nice review about this article..this is looking awesome..You doing great job..thanks for sharing here.

Hugh

I agree with the other posters. Why not do reviews on more relevant mid-size cars? Where's the 2013 Ford Fusion car seat check?!?!

Jennifer Geiger, Editor at Cars.com

@Hugh
We'll have a Fusion CSC at the end of the month.

Awesome you have provided great information about car seat. I want to add some extra stuff also which will be beneficial for users about how to purchase best infant car seat

If you want to escape your child from accidents then you need to select a solid, flexible and ultimate Infant Car Seat. You need to select such car seat which has the features like security, comfortable, easy to install and remove and in a reasonable price. If your infant car seat has the following features then it would be great for your child. If you are a parent then you can knew very well that you are so responsible for your child. So, go to a Infant Car Seat store and buy a car seat according to your child age, size and weight.

@John Mc

I disagree, the review is relevant to those that can afford the car to begin with (I'm not that person.).

I guess those with money have the same problems as us common folk, I'm still struggling to get my daughters seat right in my Altima.

Clint Stalker

Can 3 car seats fit in the back of an E550 SEDAN?

I would like to know how the convertible car seat was installed without a top tether! Did you use bottom tether anchors and/or seat belt through rear of convertible child seat. I have the same problem with my convertible VW bug (no top tether) and cannot find an answer. Thank you so much! So anxious to hear.

I actually have the E550 convertible with a child seat in the back! I have a four year old and he calls it mom's transformer car. We use the latch system in the seat to connect. We are about to upgrade our car seat to the MB booster seat.
It's actually a cool set up with to have a convertible with a child because you can actually get all the way in the back seat with top up or down and very comfortable fasten the seat belt. It was actually easier to do it in this car than in my prior mid-size 4 door car.
I wanted a convertible that had a big enough back seat to fit our son and this was the one we fell in love with.
~S

I actually have the E550 convertible with a child seat in the back! I have a four year old and he calls it mom's transformer car. We use the latch system in the seat to connect. We are about to upgrade our car seat to the MB booster seat.
It's actually a cool set up with to have a convertible with a child because you can actually get all the way in the back seat with top up or down and very comfortable fasten the seat belt. It was actually easier to do it in this car than in my prior mid-size 4 door car.
I wanted a convertible that had a big enough back seat to fit our son and this was the one we fell in love with.

I actually have the E550 convertible with a child seat in the back! I have a four year old and he calls it mom's transformer car. We use the latch system in the seat to connect. We are about to upgrade our car seat to the MB booster seat.
It's actually a cool set up with to have a convertible with a child because you can actually get all the way in the back seat with top up or down and very comfortable fasten the seat belt. It was actually easier to do it in this car than in my prior mid-size 4 door car.
I wanted a convertible that had a big enough back seat to fit our son and this was the one we fell in love with.

I actually have the E550 convertible with a child seat in the back! I have a four year old and he calls it mom's transformer car. We use the latch system in the seat to connect. We are about to upgrade our car seat to the MB booster seat.
It's actually a cool set up with to have a convertible with a child because you can actually get all the way in the back seat with top up or down and very comfortable fasten the seat belt. It was actually easier to do it in this car than in my prior mid-size 4 door car.
I wanted a convertible that had a big enough back seat to fit our son and this was the one we fell in love with.

I actually have the E550 convertible with a child seat in the back! I have a four year old and he calls it mom's transformer car. We use the latch system in the seat to connect. We are about to upgrade our car seat to the MB booster seat.
It's actually a cool set up with to have a convertible with a child because you can actually get all the way in the back seat with top up or down and very comfortable fasten the seat belt. It was actually easier to do it in this car than in my prior mid-size 4 door car.
I wanted a convertible that had a big enough back seat to fit our son and this was the one we fell in love with.

I actually have the E550 convertible with a child seat in the back! I have a four year old and he calls it mom's transformer car. We use the latch system in the seat to connect. We are about to upgrade our car seat to the MB booster seat.
It's actually a cool set up with to have a convertible with a child because you can actually get all the way in the back seat with top up or down and very comfortable fasten the seat belt. It was actually easier to do it in this car than in my prior mid-size 4 door car.
I wanted a convertible that had a big enough back seat to fit our son and this was the one we fell in love with.

I actually have the E550 convertible with a child seat in the back! I have a four year old and he calls it mom's transformer car. We use the latch system in the seat to connect. We are about to upgrade our car seat to the MB booster seat.
It's actually a cool set up with to have a convertible with a child because you can actually get all the way in the back seat with top up or down and very comfortable fasten the seat belt. It was actually easier to do it in this car than in my prior mid-size 4 door car.
I wanted a convertible that had a big enough back seat to fit our son and this was the one we fell in love with.

ange

Could u please tell me if 3 car seats can fit in a 2010 e350. We just bought the car and 2 weeks later found out i was preggo with #3. We have a 3 year and a 18 month. I hear that radian car seats are slimmer so I could put both kids in them. Any thouhts? Advice? Please I know a SUV or a minivan is the best option but we want to keep the car.

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