2015 Toyota Sienna: Car Seat Check

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Toyota updated its minivan for 2015 and while most of the changes are cosmetic, like tweaked front-end styling outside and a new control layout and nicer materials inside, parents should be happy about a useful addition to the third row. For 2015, the Toyota Sienna now has two sets of Latch anchors in its third row, up from one.

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The 2015 Sienna performed well in our Car Seat Check thanks to loads of legroom room, but hidden second- and third-row tether anchors kept it from earning more top grades. The Sienna is available with a three-passenger second-row bench seat or a pair of captain's chairs; our model had the captain's chairs.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | January 29, 2015 | Comments (1)

2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Car Seat Check

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The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is having a good year. It was recently named Cars.com's Best Pickup Truck of 2015. This midsize pickup truck is built on an all-new platform and has a redesigned exterior and interior. The Colorado comes in extended- or crew-cab models; we tested a Colorado crew cab, which seats five.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | January 27, 2015 | Comments (2)

2015 Lexus ES 350: Car Seat Check

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For 2015 Lexus' midsize sedan now has new standard equipment every parent will appreciate: a backup camera. Families will also like how the 2015 Lexus ES 350 handles child-safety seats. Its copious amount of room and easy-to-access Latch anchors helped the sedan earn straight As across the board.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 GMC Yukon XL: Car Seat Check

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When families shop for a three-row SUV, many parents worry that they'll have to sacrifice cargo-hauling ability for a usable third row. Not so with the 2015 GMC Yukon XL. Both the Yukon XL and the somewhat smaller Yukon were redesigned for 2015 and feature a new exterior look with a more comfortable interior. The Yukon XL measures 224.3 inches long, making it 20.4 inches longer than the Yukon. That extra length translates to a roomier third row: The Yukon XL has 34.5 inches of legroom while the Yukon has 24.8 inches. Our test car had optional captain's chairs in the second row and could seat seven passengers total. The Yukon XL can haul up to nine people when equipped with bench seats in all three rows.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | January 20, 2015 | Comments (1)

2015 Kia Soul EV: Car Seat Check

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Kia's quirky box probably doesn't immediately jump to mind when you think of a family vehicle, but the Kia Soul has more room for kids and cargo than its compact dimensions suggest. The gas-powered Kia Soul, which was redesigned for the 2014 model year, performed admirably in our Car Seat Check, but what about the new-for-2015 electric version? Although the 2015 Kia Soul EV gives up some interior space to make room for the battery and has unique seats, small families won't have any problems installing two child-safety seats in the backseat.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 8, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Lincoln MKC: Car Seat Check

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It appeared with actor Matthew McConaughey in Lincoln's heavily discussed and parodied TV ads, but the 2015 Lincoln MKC should have been the star of the commercial. Based on its sibling, the Ford Escape, this five-passenger compact luxury crossover is good looking both inside and out. Did it perform in our Car Seat Check as well as McConaughey did in "True Detective"?

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | January 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Kia Sedona: Car Seat Check

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After years as one of the most uncompetitive and underwhelming minivans in the class, Kia's Sedona is completely revised for 2015 as a boldly styled, comfortable, capable family hauler. By definition, minivans are purpose-built family vehicles, so they should have no problem accommodating a slew of child-safety seats. The 2015 Sedona isn't an exception except when it comes to the third row, where space is tight and the seat belt buckle worked against our booster seat.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Car Seat Check Report Card

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Child-safety seats take up a lot of backseat real estate, especially if you’ve got to make room for more than one of them. Vehicles accommodate cars seats differently in terms of fit, available space and ease of use, and no one knows this better than Cars.com editors and moms, Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman. We spent 2014 installing car seats in more than 65 new cars, trucks and SUVs.

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All stars include the A-list 2014 Nissan Pathfinder three-row crossover and redesigned-for-2015 Hyundai Sonata sedan. Rounding out the bottom of the report card are the cramped 2014 Mini Hardtop and a midsize sedan that will likely surprise you: the 2015 Ford Fusion — its awful Latch anchors earned it low marks. Below is a full list of the GPAs, from the over-achieving 4.0s to the un-family-friendly 2.2s.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 29, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class: Car Seat Check

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A midsize SUV, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class transports smaller families in style. For 2015, this five-seater is available with a V-6 engine (ML350), a turbo-diesel four-cylinder (ML250 Bluetec) and a twin-turbo V-6 (ML400). For our test, we had the ML400 at our Chicago offices.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two, but three narrow car seats might work.

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By Jennifer Newman | December 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Lexus IS 350 F Sport: Car Seat Check

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Can something fast and stylish also be roomy and comfortable? The Lexus IS 350 with the F Sport Package is the perfect example; it nails the first two, but parents might not get enough out of the backseat in the room and comfort departments. Excellent Latch anchor exposure made installing child-safety seats a breeze, but our rear-facing seats took up more than a comfortable amount of room in back.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

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