Real-Life Test: 3 Car Seats in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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So, you have three kids in child-safety seats, and you're not quite ready for a minivan? Welcome to the club. As a former member of the "there's no way in hell I'm driving a minivan" club, I feel your pain. I remember while pregnant with my second child, glaring at the used-car salesman when he brought me over to a minivan just to "check it out," and I'm pretty sure the only reason I drove off in a Toyota Prius that day was to spite him.

Which Cars Fit Three Car Seats

Now that I have three children in car seats, I've joined the "Minivan Lover" club, but I know some parents haven't. Many are fighting the good fight, steadfast in their anti-minivan stance. For the strong-willed ones, I'm determined to find you some minivan alternatives, like the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

By BreAnn Ahara | April 2, 2014 | Comments (4)

2014 Nissan Maxima: Car Seat Check

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Editor's note: This Car Seat Check is repurposed from our test of the 2013 Nissan Maxima, but our results apply to the 2014 model.

Nissan's lineup is full of mainstream sedans, but don't let the sportiest one fool you — the Maxima is very family-friendly. Accessible Latch anchors and a roomy backseat helped earn this five-passenger sedan plenty of A's in our car seat check.

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Nissan Murano: Car Seat Check

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Editor's note: This Car Seat Check is repurposed from our test of the 2013 Nissan Murano, but our results apply to the 2014 model.

Nissan's redesigned family-friendly seven-passenger Pathfinder may have stolen some of the spotlight from its smaller sibling, the Murano, but the midsize crossover still offers a good amount of room and comfort for five passengers. Easy to access Latch anchors made installing most child-safety seats a breeze, but annoying buckle straps complicate booster usage.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | March 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Lexus GS 350: Car Seat Check

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The Lexus GS' impressive blend of nimble handling, quiet road manners and intriguing looks might make it appeal to a wide range of shoppers, but families may not be as impressed. Although Lexus' GS 350 sedan is in the midsize class, we had some trouble installing child-safety seats into its backseat. Heavily bolstered rear seats, less than optimal legroom and difficult-to-access Latch anchors complicated installation.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Ford Edge: Car Seat Check

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Editor's note: This Car Seat Check is repurposed from our test of the 2013 Ford Edge, but our results apply to the 2014 model.

One of six participants in the $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge, the 2013 Ford Edge finished in the middle of the pack. However, it scored well in our Car Seat Check, thanks to its roomy backseat.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two, but three child-safety seats nearly fit.

By Jennifer Newman | March 25, 2014 | Comments (1)

Which Cars Fit Three Car Seats

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UPDATE 3/19/2014: 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 newest vehicles to make our list are the 2014 Honda Pilot, 2014 Toyota Highlander and the 2014 Lexus LX 570 SUV. Lexus' king-size SUV has loads of room and accessible Latch anchors in its second row, not only earning a place on this list, but also high scores in our Seat Check.

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 Geiger | March 19, 2014 | Comments (6)

2014 Honda Pilot: Car Seat Check

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Honda's largest vehicle is a true giant with loads of cargo space and three roomy rows with seating for eight passengers on second- and third-row benchs. The 2014 Honda Pilot excelled at our Car Seat Check thanks to its cavernous cabin and extra Latch anchors. It's one of the few SUVs that can comfortably fit three car seats across its second row.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Three

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 14, 2014 | Comments (3)

2014 Toyota RAV4: Car Seat Check

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Editor's note: This Car Seat Check is repurposed from our test of the 2013 Toyota RAV4, but our results apply to the 2014 model.

Plenty of small families flock to the compact crossover class for a comfortable, capable vehicle to safely haul the kids and all their gear. The redesigned-for-2013 Toyota RAV4 is one of the most popular crossovers in the compact segment. Easy-to-access Latch anchors and a wide, flat seat meant this crossover handled two child-safety seats without a problem.

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The RAV4 only seats five passengers this year, however. The optional third row was dropped for 2013.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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

2014 Toyota Highlander: Car Seat Check

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The redesigned 2014 Toyota Highlander is a big step up from the previous generation when it comes to family life. The 2014 model fit three child-safety seats across the second row — something the old model couldn't do — and it has a tether anchor in the third row, allowing parents to install a forward-facing convertible. The previous-gen Highlander didn't have a tether anchor in the third row. Everything isn't perfect when it comes to fitting car seats, but the 2014 Highlander has made excellent progress on this front.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Three

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

By Jennifer Newman | March 11, 2014 | Comments (2)

2014 Toyota Camry: Car Seat Check

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Editor's note: This Car Seat Check is repurposed from our test of the 2013 Toyota Camry, but our results apply to the 2014 models.

Toyota's midsize sedan was redesigned for 2012 and the changes for 2013 are minor, including a standard 6.1-inch touch-screen, new interior trim and additional safety feature options. Chances are the brand's best-selling car pulls family duty quite often. How well does it handle child-safety seats? The Camry's roomy backseat meant there was plenty of space for our seats, but stiff cushions complicated Latch access and fixed head restraints compromised the fit of our forward-facing seats.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two, but three car seats almost fit.

 

By Jennifer Geiger | March 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

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