Which Cars Fit Three Car Seats?

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UPDATE AUG. 5, 2014: Parents are often searching for the automotive holy grail: a car that's not a minivan and can fit three child-safety seats across the backseat. It's a short list.

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In the more than three years that Cars.com editors have been installing car seats into test vehicles, we've come across several vehicles that can hold three car seats across a backseat.

The 2014 Land Rover LR4 and 2014 Toyota 4Runner are the latest vehicles to land on our list. The 2014 LR4's appearance is no surprise; it's been a regular on our list since the 2011 model year.

As we come across more cars that fit three child-safety seats, we'll add to this list. For now, here are the cars from our Car Seat Checks that can fit three car seats in the second row:

 

Minivans

If you have three or more kids in car seats, consider a minivan. They excel at hauling families and all their gear and can be quite luxurious as we found out in the Ultimate Minivan Shootout.

 

Sedans

 

SUVs

 

Trucks

 

About Cars.com's Car Seat Checks

For Car Seat Checks, the front seats are adjusted to a comfortable position for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The three child seats — a high-back booster seat, convertible car seat and rear-facing infant-safety seat — 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 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; 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.

Editors Jennifer Geiger, Jennifer Newman and Matt Schmitz are certified child safety seat installation technicians. To learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks, go here.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

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