2015 Lincoln Navigator: Car Seat Check

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Lincoln's largest SUV got refreshed for 2015, but the Navigator's passenger and cargo volume are unchanged this year. Seating for eight is standard again, but our test model's optional second-row captain's chairs reduced capacity to seven. Accessible Latch anchors make the second row car-seat friendly, but the third row’s tether anchor position and lack of room complicated installation of our booster and forward-facing convertible.

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 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Honda CR-V: Car Seat Check

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Honda's compact crossover took home the top slot at Cars.com's $25,000 Compact SUV Shootout in 2012; how does the revised-for-2015 model measure up? The CR-V was lightly updated with styling and powertrain tweaks this year but interior dimensions remain the same, so its backseat still easily handles two child-safety seats thanks to plenty of space and easy-to-access Latch anchors, including a bonus extra anchor for the center seat.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Acura TLX: Car Seat Check

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The 2015 Acura TLX, the new five-seat midsize sedan that is the luxury brand's years-long bid to win back buyers after an unpopular 2009 TL redesign, improves upon the models it succeeds in many respects while remaining much the same in others. Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek says the TLX "surpasses the TSX and TL it replaces in every way, but doesn't take Acura anywhere it hasn't been before." The same could be said for child-safety seat installation in the TLX. Compared with the Car Seat Check on the TL's 2012 version, Latch anchors seem easier to use, but we still had to move the front passenger seat forward to fit our infant seat, and connecting the top tether anchors is an uncomfortable affair. Check out the Car Seat Check below for more.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | December 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Volkswagen Golf, GTI: Car Seat Check

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Both the Volkswagen Golf and its performance variant, the GTI, entered their seventh generation with 2015 redesigns. The cars haven't exactly set sales records ablaze in the past, though a reduced starting price for the Golf, a win for the GTI in Cars.com's $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge and a Top Safety Pick Plus award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety should at least spark some interest among car shoppers not already carrying a torch for the five-seat hatchbacks. Another selling point — for families with small children — should be the Golf's and GTI's accommodation of child-safety seats. Much like in 2012, when we tested the Golf R, the cars earned high marks in our tests. Check out the Car Seat Check below for more.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | November 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

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)

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