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The Top 2-Row SUVs For Car Seats - New Subaru Forester Now Ties For Best

Is the 2021 Subaru Forester best for fitting a car seat? Check out the top compact SUVs that make installation a breeze.

Growing families looking for a compact SUV that will best fit their car seats have good choices. A new study from says the 2021 Subaru Forester is rated one of the best. The refreshed 2022 Subaru Forester is arriving soon with more safety features

The Subaru Forester checks many boxes for how safe you will be driving the SUV, and it's one of the most family-friendly. The top box could be because it's one of the best small SUVs for fitting your car seats easily. According to, Forester ranks tops for cars that make car seat installation a breeze.

2022 Subaru Forester features, specs, safety technology, car seats

The new ranking recognizes the vehicles that earned A's for their car seat checks. A car receives A, B, or C grades in categories that test fit for an infant seat, a rear- and forward-facing convertible seat, a booster seat, and the Latch system for ease of use. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives Forester the top rating for ease of use.

The Subaru Forester back seat fits car seats easily

Having a vehicle with
the best LATCH hardware (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) makes a vehicle best for growing families. In recent IIHS testing, the Subaru Forester ranked highest in 2021 model ratings with the top GOOD+ score. 

2022 Subaru Forester features, specs, safety technology, car seats

In the test, the Forester gets near-perfect A grades except for the RFC: Rear-facing convertible car seat, where it scores a B. The other top compact SUV, the Nissan Rogue, gets A's except for the FFC: Forward-facing convertible, achieving a B grade. The Hyundai Santa Fe scores all B's except for Infant: Rear-facing infant seat scoring an A grade. The Mazda CX-5 scored last with two Cs and a B grade. 

The Subaru Forster is family-friendly

In addition to getting near perfect As in car seat installation, the Forester gets the highest IIHS safety scores earning a Top Safety Pick+ award. The next-generation Subaru Forester also features a Rear Seat Reminder upgrade reminding the driver to check the rear seat before exiting the SUV. 

In testing, the 2021 Subaru Forester is one of the best compact SUVs for families. The 2022 Subaru Forester arrives with even more safety technology than the 2021 models. Check out the report below for the latest Forester upgrades.

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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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