Which Cars Fit Three Car Seats?

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UPDATE 10/15/2013:
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.

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 vehicle to make our list is the 2014 Honda Odyssey. The minivan has loads of room and plenty of accessible Latch anchors.

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 | October 15, 2013 | Comments (92)

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Nissan Quest

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Before the arrival of her third child, Cars.com Family reviewer BreAnn Ahara placed the Nissan Quest high on her list of favorite minivans. With baby making five, BreAnn had to put her oldest daughter and her booster seat in the third row, but the seats were too narrow to accommodate the car seat. That kicked the Quest down a few notches on the list, BreAnn said. But she maintains that there's still plenty to like about this stylish minivan.

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By Jennifer Newman | January 28, 2013 | Comments (2)

Suburban Dad: Taking My Daughter to College in a 2012 Nissan Quest

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It's a rite of passage for many families: driving your kid off to college. For our daughter, this meant a 1,500-mile trip from the Chicago suburbs to upstate New York. Assisting us on this trip was the 2012 Nissan Quest minivan. Given that I was recently in the Ford Flex for our summer vacation, this gave me a nice opportunity to compare and contrast two different types of family haulers, crossover versus minivan. Here's what we found.

By the numbers
On the way there: 713 miles
Driving time: 11 hours 40 minutes Leg mpg: 22.8

On the way back: 633.6 miles (because we have relatives in the area, we started our return trip 80 miles closer to home)
Driving time: 10 hours Leg mpg: 21.6

Full trip: 1,582 miles (includes miles racked up during the three days we were in upstate New York)

By Patrick Olsen | September 3, 2012 | Comments (3)

Car Storage Wars: Inventive Places to Stash Your Stuff

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Admitting you have a problem is the first step toward recovery: Hi, my name is Jennifer and I have a lot of stuff. Luckily, so does much of the auto-buying public, forcing automakers to get creative about car storage. A few years ago we saw a console bin that could fit a laptop; now that's almost commonplace.

But carmakers continue to get clever with storage spaces, thoughtfully carving out areas, both small and large, to hold — and better yet, conceal — our ever increasing amount of stuff.

Nothing can touch well-known storage kings like Chrysler's minivans with 140.6 cubic feet of cargo volume once the Stow 'n Go seats are folded. That's why I wanted to look at vehicles with storage places that range from inventive (hidden in-seat cubbies) to excessive (10-plus cupholders).

By Jennifer Geiger | June 8, 2012 | Comments (2)

Daily News Briefs: June 7, 2012

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Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne has decided to keep the number of offerings at Dodge and Chrysler brands to no more than five models, according to Automobile Magazine. The Chrysler brand is already below that level at four models, but Dodge has seven models. Primed for the chopping block are the Dodge Avenger and, over time, the Dodge Durango SUV, the magazine reports. The Durango will be replaced by a seven-passenger Jeep model, says the magazine.

In other news:

By Colin Bird | June 7, 2012 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Underappreciated Cars and Trucks

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Good products usually sell themselves … but not always. We've assembled here a list of cars and trucks that should be more popular than they are. In some cases the sales figures aren't bad, but in none of the cases below do the sales match our assessment of the cars' relevance or excellence. That usually means car shoppers can find a bit of a deal, too. Here are our Top 10 Underappreciated Cars and Trucks in no particular order.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | May 7, 2012 | Comments (21)

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Nissan Quest

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With its boxy exterior and bold styling, the 2012 Nissan Quest refuses to blend in with the rounded corners of crossovers and minivans, says Cars.com Family contributor BreAnn Ahara. This minivan is unexpectedly luxurious, especially in a segment that’s geared toward juice boxes and Goldfish crackers. BreAnn’s family of four fit well in this minivan, but she found it difficult to access the third row when her daughters’ child-safety seats were installed in the second row.

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By Jennifer Newman | March 16, 2012 | Comments (0)

2011 Nissan Quest: Car Seat Check

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This Car Seat Check was originally published in March 2011 on MotherProof.com.

The 2011 Nissan Quest is another minivan that's undergone a redesign. The Quest's new look lops a few inches off its exterior length, and in the interior, the second- and third-row seats easily fold forward like a crossover to create a flat load floor.  The Quest seats seven, with two captain's chairs in the second row and a three-seat bench in the third row.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

By Jennifer Newman | November 1, 2011 | Comments (2)

Chrysler, Dodge, VW Minivans Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick

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Chrysler’s pair of near-identical minivans — the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan — as well as the Chrysler-built but Volkswagen-branded 2012 Routan have been named Top Safety Picks in the minivan category by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The trio join the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.

To earn the award, a vehicle must earn the top rating of Good in front, side, rear and rollover crash tests. The vehicle also must be equipped with electronic stability control, which is standard on all 2012 vehicles.

The vehicle also must pass the institute’s roof-strength test. To pass, the roof must withstand a force equal to four times the vehicle's weight before it caves in five inches. Ratings for the Town & Country, Grand Caravan and Routan are based on a roof-strength test conducted for the Town & Country alone. The Town & Country can withstand 4.51 times its own weight.

By Colin Bird | November 1, 2011 | Comments (1)

This Season's Best Tailgating Cars

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Everyone knows we’re huge football fans here at Cars.com. We are an official sponsor of ESPN’s Saturday College Football, we’re just minutes from Soldier Field, and our staff has a long-running fantasy football league (with a certain editor taking the crown repeatedly.)

Tailgating is one of the best parts of going to a football game. You’re wearing your favorite team’s gear, grilling good food, talking to friends and probably throwing around a ball or bean bag.

But what about the cars that need to serve as more than transportation? They have to haul your tailgating gear and often do double duty as a place to sit. Here is our list of the top tailgating machines for the 2011-12 football season.

2012 Honda Ridgeline

There has never been another feature more tailored for tailgating than the watertight trunk under the bed of the Honda Ridgeline (above). Sure, the Ridgeline is an aging platform that hasn’t taken off with the traditional truck buyer, but it is a great tailgater. It can carry five people in comfort, and once you get to the parking lot and open that huge cooler, your neighbors will be struck in awe. Jaws will drop. You’ll be the king of the tailgaters.

By David Thomas | October 6, 2011 | Comments (6)

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