By Jennifer Newman on October 31, 2011
This Car Seat Check was first published in September 2011 on MotherProof.com.
The 2011 Land Rover LR4 is one of a few vehicles that can easily fit three child-safety seats in its second row. This SUV also has a two-seat third row that can hold two forward-facing car seats. That's a total of five child-safety seats that the LR4 can handle at one time.
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.
The front seats are adjusted to a comfortable position for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver's seat, and the infant seat and convertible seats are installed behind the passenger seat. We also install the infant seat in the second row's middle seat with the booster and convertible in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit. If there's a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible.
Here's how the 2011 LR4 did in Cars.com's Car Seat Check:
Latch system: While the LR4 can hold five car seats, it has only two sets of lower Latch anchors in the second row's outboard seats. The anchors sit out in the open and are easy to use. Three tether anchors sit midway down the second-row seatbacks. They're also easy to use.
Booster seat: In the second row, the head restraint pushed our booster's seatback forward. The head restraint can be raised, but it's large and didn't quite get out of the way. The seat belt buckles sit in wells, making it easy for the booster to slide over the buckles. The wells also make buckling up a multistep process. Kids will have to pull the buckle out of the well and hold onto it as they try to buckle up independently, which rarely goes smoothly in the younger years. Parental assistance may be required.
Convertible seat: Both the forward- and rear-facing convertibles fit well in the second row. Because there aren't any Latch anchors in the third row, we used the seat belt to install the forward-facing convertible. It also fit well.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Three
How many car seats fit in third row? Two
Editor's note: For three car seats — infant-safety seat, convertible and booster seats — to fit in a car, our criterion is that a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Newman is a certified car-seat technician. A mom of two, she owns a 2013 Subaru Outback crammed with sports gear. Email Jennifer