2014 Toyota Prius: Car Seat Check

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When Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder critiqued the 2012 Toyota Prius, he called it "an exceptionally efficient car at a relatively low price for people who care more about conservation than the act of driving. Given its success, the formula seems to have worked just fine." Evidently, that formula has continued working so well that the popular hybrid has changed little in the past two model years. That comforting sameness extended to child-safety-seat installation, which remained relatively easy, garnering just a couple of minor complaints from us with regard to the head restraints and seat belts.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | July 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Mazda CX-5: Car Seat Check

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Since its debut for the 2013 model year, the Mazda CX-5 has proved itself a formidable contender among compact crossovers. It particularly distinguished itself in the fun-to-drive category, where the CX-5 only improved when it returned for the 2014 model year with a more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine option. Not a lot has changed for 2015: The CX-5's base price has increased a mere $150, including destination, and for the purposes of car seat installation, all backseat passenger-room dimensions remain identical to the outgoing model.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | July 17, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Lexus RX 350: Car Seat Check

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Lexus' five-seat luxury crossover comes in two versions: the gas-powered RX 350 and hybrid RX 450h. When it comes to interior space, the two crossovers are nearly identical except for backseat legroom. Our test car, the 2015 RX 350, has 36.8 inches of rear legroom, but the hybrid version has slightly more at 37.1 inches. In our tests, we had to move the RX 350's front passenger seat forward to fit one of our rear-facing infant-safety seats behind it.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | July 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru Legacy: Car Seat Check

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Families in the market for a midsize sedan face an overwhelming array of choices, but if you're looking for one with all-wheel drive, the list gets narrowed a quite a bit. One option, the Subaru Legacy, was redesigned for 2015 with fresh exterior styling, a new multimedia system and a more comfortable cabin. There's plenty of room for two child-safety seats in the new Legacy, but parents may have a bit of trouble with the sedan's Latch anchors.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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

2015 Hyundai Genesis: Car Seat Check

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Hyundai's luxury sedan, the Genesis, has been redesigned for the 2015 model year. While its wheelbase grew by nearly 3 inches, rear legroom has decreased from 38.6 inches in the previous generation to 35 inches in the 2015 Genesis. Both of our rear-facing child-safety seats had plenty of room in the Genesis' smaller backseat, however.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | June 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Volvo S60: Car Seat Check

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After an update for 2014, Volvo's sedan gets a new powertrain and some additional safety features for 2015. Although the S60 blurs the line between compact and midsize, the sedan easily accommodated two child-safety seats in our Car Seat Check, with ample room and accessible Latch anchors.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | June 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Chrysler 200: Car Seat Check

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Plenty of families choose a midsize sedan for carting around the kids, and the 2015 Chrysler 200 is bound to be on their shopping list thanks to a redesign that added style, refinement and affordability. A fairly roomy and comfortable backseat coupled with easy-access Latch anchors should make this sedan even more appealing to parents with kids in child-safety seats.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | June 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Volvo V60: Car Seat Check

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The 2015 Volvo V60 is a compact wagon that seems like a good option for families. But families with babies might have a problem fitting their rear-facing infant-safety seat in the V60's backseat while also carrying a passenger in the front seat.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | June 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Volvo XC60: Car Seat Check

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Volvo's compact crossover got some new powertrain options for 2015 as well as additional upholstery and trim choices and some more available convenience features. Its interior tweaks don't affect how child-safety seats fit in the XC60's second row, however. Legroom issues and buried Latch anchors complicated installation.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Only two car seats officially fit, according to our criteria (explained below), but the XC60's wide, flat seat cushion might be able to accommodate three car seats, depending on the car seats and their configuration.

By Jennifer Geiger | June 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Chevrolet Suburban: Car Seat Check

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The Chevrolet Suburban gets a more aggressive look for the 2015 model year. This family hauler has three rows of seats and can seat up to nine people when equipped with a three-seat bench in both the first and second rows. For our test, we had a Suburban LTZ that could seat seven, thanks to second-row captain's chairs and standard bucket seats in the front row.

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 | June 3, 2014 | Comments (1)

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