What are the Subaru models that best fit three child car seats across the second row? According to a recent Kelley Blue Book report and a new Consumer Reports study, four Subaru vehicles are among the best.
According to the Kelley Blue Book (KBB) report, Subaru has three models in its lineup that comfortably fit three car seats. KBB says the 2023 Outback, 2023 Forester, and 2023 Impreza are the best in their category.
Consumer Reports also ranked the best cars for fitting three child car seats across the second row. They say the 2023 Subaru Outback and 2023 Subaru Legacy sedan are among the best for families.
In KBB's Best Midsize SUV category, the 2023 Subaru Outback is the second-best model after the Kia Telluride.
3-Across Car Seat Value: $27,145 (Outback) | Expert Rating: 4.6
KBB says, "While it started as a wagon, the Subaru Outback is now, for all intents and purposes, a 2-row midsize SUV. Standard all-wheel drive makes it a great choice for those who live in wintry climates or enjoy off-road adventures. It has 8.7 inches of ground clearance to make it even more versatile on rugged terrain, with 9.5 inches of clearance in the new Wilderness trim. It also has room to carry everything an active family needs, with 32.5 cubic feet for cargo. The IIHS gave the Outback its highest rating for the Subaru's LATCH system: G+."
In KBB's Best Crossovers and Compact SUV category, the 2023 Subaru Forester is the sixth best model after the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, and Hyundai Ioniq 5.
3-Across Car Seat Value: $25,895 (Forester) | Expert Rating: 4.3
KBB says, "The Subaru Forester is a compact crossover with standard all-wheel drive and up to 9.2 inches of ground clearance for traversing more rugged terrain. It has a spacious cabin and good standard features. There's also lots of room for cargo, with 28.9 cubic feet behind the second row."
In KBB's Best Sedans and Hatchbacks category, the 2023 Subaru Impreza sedan and hatchback models are the second-best compact car after the Honda Civic.
3-Across Car Seat Value: $19,295 (Impreza) | Expert Rating: 3.8
KBB says, "The Subaru Impreza is available as a sedan or a wagon (hatchback), which is our pick of the two. Its hatchback design increases its cargo versatility and makes it easier to load bulky items. All-wheel drive is standard, and manual or automatic transmissions are available."
But it's more than fitting a car seat into a vehicle. Today there is a new system called LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children), making properly securing car seats easier and eliminating the need for seat belts to keep them in place. Nearly every car seat and vehicle manufactured after September 1, 2002, must have a LATCH system.
The LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) restraint system makes securing car seats easier and eliminates the need for seat belts to keep them in place. Nearly every car seat and vehicle manufactured after September 1, 2002, must have a LATCH system.
Not all models come with a center LATCH system
Consumer Reports lists the models with center LATCH or center LATCH borrowing.
The best models are, in alphabetical order, Acura MDX, Audi Q7, Ford Expedition, Ford Maverick, Honda Civic, Honda Passport, Kia Carnival, Mazda CX-30, Nissan Rogue, Ram 1500, Subaru Outback, Subaru Legacy, Toyota Corolla Cross, and the Toyota Highlander.
What are the Subaru models best fit three cars across the second row? Kelley Blue Book says the 2023 Subaru Outback, Forester, and Impreza are the best in class. Consumer Reports ranks the 2023 Subaru Outback and Legacy as the best.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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