2014 Toyota Corolla: Car Seat Check

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The Toyota Corolla is one of the best-selling sedans in the compact class, so chances are many moms and dads rely on it for family transport. The Corolla was redesigned for 2014 with flashier styling and better fuel efficiency, but it's not the most family-friendly sedan in the class. Difficult-to-access Latch anchors and a tight backseat kept this sedan from acing our Car Seat Check.

While we normally use a Britax Roundabout convertible car seat in our checks, we used a Britax Marathon convertible in this one. The Marathon is roughly the same width and height as the Roundabout, but the Marathon's depth is 21 inches while the Roundabout measures at 24.4 inches.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

What We Like

  • Although the sedan has fixed outboard head restraints, they didn't interfere with the high-back booster or the forward-facing convertible; both fit well and had enough room.
  • The buckles are on stable bases, making them easier for kids to use in a booster.
  • We did not have to move the front passenger seat forward to accommodate the infant seat.

What We Don't

  • The Corolla has two sets of Latch anchors in the outboard seats, but they're set too deep into the seat bight and the seat bottom cushion is firm, complicating access when installing all of our child seats.
  • We had to move the front passenger seat forward in order to fit the rear-facing convertible seat.

Latch

Iss

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Booster

Grading Scale

A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn't impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row. 

B: Plenty of room. One fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.

C: Marginal room. Two fit or connection issues. Difficult to access third row when available.

D: Insufficient room. Two or more fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About Cars.com's Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use an infant-safety seat, a convertible seat and booster seat.  The front seats are adjusted 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 and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.

We also install the forward-facing convertible 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; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there's a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. To learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks, go here.

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 

WTF

I've asked this before but didn't get a response. I still don't get your forward-facing convertible installation. What's keeping the base of the seat from moving back and loosening the LATCH hold down straps? Doesn't the back of the convertible seat need to be flush with the back of the car's seat?

Jennifer Newman

When installed correctly, there’s little to no backward movement for the child-safety seat’s base. The Latch connectors keep the seat firmly in place. A top tether anchor is used with a forward-facing convertible, and it reduces the amount of forward and side movement in a crash. Only 80 percent of the car seat needs to be in contact with the seat. And when a car seat is installed, Jennifer Geiger and I check to make sure that the seat is secure by insuring that it moves no more than an inch. These are the standards used by the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program, which we follow.

WTF

How did you accomplish that in this Corolla being that the headrest is fixed? You have to run the top tether over the top of it to reach the anchor and I don't see the top tether over the headrest in your picture.

Jennifer Geiger, News Editor at Cars.com

No, you can also safely run the top tether strap on either side of a fixed head restraint -- which we did in this case.

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