By Jennifer Newman on October 31, 2011
This Car Seat Check was first published in April 2011 on MotherProof.com.
For 2011, Toyota restyled the Corolla's look and improved the sedan's aerodynamics. The Corolla seats five passengers.
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 Corolla did in Cars.com's Car Seat Check:
Latch system: The Corolla has two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard seats. They're buried in the seat bight, where the back and bottom cushions meet, but they're not tough to get at because the seat cushions can be easily moved out of the way. We did have trouble with one of the Latch anchors, though. The inboard anchor on the passenger side is about a half-inch more inboard than the Latch anchor symbol on the seat, which is supposed to show the anchor's location. The Corolla's three tether anchors are on the rear shelf behind the head restraints and are easy to use.
Booster seat: The high-back booster seat fit well in the Corolla. The seat belt buckle for the outboard position is well-anchored, but the center buckle is right next to it and kept falling behind our booster seat. The positioning of the center buckle might cause problems for kids buckling independently since it doesn't work with the outboard seat belt.
Convertible seat: There was just enough room for our rear-facing convertible car seat. To get the forward-facing convertible to fit, we had to remove the head restraint. Once done, the car seat fit well in the Corolla.
Infant-safety seat: We had to move the front passenger seat forward to create enough room in the second row for the rear-facing infant-safety seat. Our tester's knees were a half-inch shy of hitting the glove box.
How many car seats fit in the second 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