2015 Ford F-150: Car Seat Check

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The redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 is now at dealerships and is quickly becoming one of the fastest-selling vehicles on the market. This full-size pickup truck has an aluminum body and a redesigned interior that ekes out a bit more passenger space in the cabin. Our test truck, a SuperCrew cab, easily fit our three child-safety seats, joining the 2015 Ram 1500 in family-hauling capabilities.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Three

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By Jennifer Newman | February 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Chrysler 300S: Car Seat Check

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Chrysler's stylish flagship got an update for 2015 that makes it stand out even more; according to the automaker, the 300's grille has been pumped up by 33 percent this year. Inside, the sedan will stand out for families because it's again one of a handful of sedans that can comfortably accommodate three child-safety seats.

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The backseat may be roomy, but parents will find it tough to install car seats in the sporty 300S model; its stiff leather seats made connecting to the Latch anchors difficult, and the model's heavily bolstered seat cushions impacted car-seat fit.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 24, 2015 | Comments (0)

Trucks' Tether Anchors Are Often Tricky to Find, Use

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Tether anchors, a critical part of a car's Latch system, often go unused by parents and caregivers. In sedans, where the tether anchors are easy to find on the rear shelf behind the head restraints, they're used only 52 percent of the time, according to one study. In pickup trucks, where the anchors are difficult to locate, that number drops significantly.

Related: Five Things Families Should Look for in Pickup Trucks

In a 2014 study of tether anchor use and misuse conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it found that parent volunteers with car-seat-installation experience had the most problems correctly using the loop-style tether anchors found in some pickup trucks. These volunteers installed the tether strap correctly only 11 percent of the time in the trucks. In other cars, volunteers used the tether anchor correctly 57 percent of the time.

While many may not consider a pickup truck a family vehicle, the full-size versions make easy work of hauling three kids in car seats. To help truck-owning parents, caregivers and prospective parents, we've combed through owner's manuals and crawled through pickup trucks to show the different styles of tether anchors and how to correctly use them.

By Jennifer Newman | February 23, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Buick Regal: Car Seat Check

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Buick's midsize sedan, the Regal, lives up to its name with its refined looks and powerful turbo four-cylinder engine. Parents will be thrilled with all these attributes as well as its ability to handle child-safety seats. With 37.3 inches of rear legroom, the Regal made easy work of car-seat installation.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | February 17, 2015 | Comments (1)

2015 Ram 1500 Crew Cab: Car Seat Check

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Utility has many meanings when you're talking about the Ram 1500. Sure, it's capable in terms of its role as a pickup truck with its robust V-6 and V-8 engines and myriad combination of cab and bed sizes, but it also shines as a family hauler. We tested a crew-cab Ram in the upscale Laramie Longhorn trim and it easily and comfortably accommodated three child-safety seats in its gigantic backseat.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Three

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 10, 2015 | Comments (0)

Which Cars Fit Three Car Seats?

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UPDATED FEB. 5, 2015: 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 four 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 2015 Ford Expedition is the latest vehicle to land on our list. This full-size SUV easily handled three car seats across the second row, and the third almost held three car seats — we suspect that it would work with narrower child-safety seats.

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:

By Jennifer Newman | February 5, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Ford Expedition: Car Seat Check

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Why mess with a good thing? Ford has updated a few things in its 2015 Expedition — an updated look for its front end and a new turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine — but for the most part, this three-row SUV remains unchanged. When it comes to families and child-safety seats, that's a plus.

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The Expedition joins our growing list of cars that can fit three car seats across its second row. It nearly fit three across the third row too; while we could fit three car seats back there, the space was too narrow — 50.2 inches of hip room compared to the second row's 59.9 inches — to allow a child's hand to reach between the car seats to buckle the booster's seat belt.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Three

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two, but nearly three

By Jennifer Newman | February 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

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)

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