2014 Mini Hardtop: Car Seat Check

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The old saying is curiosity killed the cat. Well, in our case, it nearly twisted us into pretzels while trying to install child-safety seats into the 2014 Mini Hardtop two-door. This Mini isn't nearly as mini as it used to be with more than 4 inches added to its length and almost 2 inches to its width, but it's not exactly car-seat friendly. And it certainly doesn't have much, if any, rear legroom.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Chevrolet Malibu: Car Seat Check

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After a full redesign for 2013 and an extensive update for 2014, Chevrolet's midsize sedan rolls into 2015 with few changes. Two child-safety seats fit comfortably in the Malibu's backseat, and the sedan's extra Latch anchor makes its backseat even more flexible for parents in terms of where they can install car seats with the Latch system.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Nissan Altima: Car Seat Check

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There's no doubt many families consider Nissan's popular midsize sedan when shopping for a car. After a full redesign for 2013, not much about the Altima has changed for the 2015 model year aside from some technology and convenience feature upgrades. Parents will find that the sedan's wide, flat backseat comfortably accommodates two child-safety seats, but crowded buckles and Latch anchors made installation less than easy.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Volkswagen Passat: Car Seat Check

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When it comes to Car Seat Checks, some cars are memorable because of how easy it is to install child-safety seats in them. The Volkswagen Passat is one of those cars. With its roomy backseat and easy-to-access lower Latch anchors, this midsize sedan made quick work of the car-seat installation process.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | November 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Mazda6: Car Seat Check

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The Mazda6's name comes up quite a bit here at Cars.com. In the past year alone, the five-seat sedan has not only been a contender for our Best of 2014 award, but among our Top 10 Used Cars for $10,000, Top 10 Fun-to-Drive Fuel Sippers and Top 10 Most Overlooked New Cars.

The Mazda6 hasn't changed significantly since its redesign for the 2014 model year, when Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley lauded its distinctive style, sporty driving experience and top-of-class fuel economy. We also gave that version some respectable marks for its accommodation of our child-safety seats — marks matched, and even a bit improved upon, by the 2015 version.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | November 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Ford Fusion: Car Seat Check

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There's a lot to like about the Ford Fusion, from its turbocharged four-cylinder engine to its distinctive looks. However, after installing child-safety seats in the 2015 Fusion equipped with optional inflatable rear seat belts, I can't say that I like the Fusion's lower Latch anchors.

The lower Latch anchors sit nearly 3 inches into the seat cushions. Other automakers place their anchors either out in the open or about an inch into the cushions. Occasionally, I'll encounter anchors that are 2 inches into the cushions; this deep placement makes it difficult to connect to the anchors. Trying to reach the Fusion's anchors was, well, trying, but what made them even more difficult was the lack of space around them, so maneuvering was challenging. While I had some trouble connecting to the 2013 Fusion's Latch anchors because of seat belt buckle interference when I last tested this car, it was nowhere near this difficult. The 2013 Fusion had a traditional rear seat belt, while the 2015 test car had the optional inflatable seat belts. Perhaps that explains the difference.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | October 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Honda Accord: Car Seat Check

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Beyond some safety and convenience features being made more widely available in the lineup, the affordable and reliably comfortable Honda Accord has scarcely changed for the 2015 model year. By and large, that's a good thing, at least where it concerns child-safety seats. The five-seat midsize family sedan's scores in our latest Car Seat Check were identical to those of the 2014 version, which got dinged for front-passenger legroom with the infant seat, and floppy seat belt bases.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | October 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Toyota Camry: Car Seat Check

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Redesigned for 2015, the Toyota Camry has a new look that will likely cause shoppers to love it or hate it, thanks mostly to its wide-mouth grille. This midsize sedan seats five, but in our tests it only fits two child-safety seats across the backseat.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | October 24, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Subaru Outback: Car Seat Check

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In its 2015 redesign, beloved family hauler the Subaru Outback continues to smartly straddle the line between a practical wagon and a rugged SUV, while getting subtle updates to its exterior styling, interior upgrades and improved fuel economy. Families will appreciate the new Outback's roomier cabin, cushier feel and an improved center storage bin that can hold larger items like an iPad. We last car-seat checked the Outback in 2012; that model proved as delightfully utilitarian as the vehicle's reputation. Can the 2015 live up to that easy-to-use, easier-to-love rep?

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | October 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Lexus NX: Car Seat Check

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The Lexus NX 300h is the gas-electric hybrid version of the all-new compact luxury crossover, which also comes in gas-powered form as the NX 200t. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays tested the NX 300h and counted "more hits than misses," particularly with regard to driving fun and occupant comfort. For families, he also noted "anyone with serious cargo needs should look elsewhere." In our Car Seat Check, the NX 300h had a respectable showing, earning high marks for ease of installation and well-positioned Latch anchors.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | October 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

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