By Jennifer Newman on November 15, 2011
With its angular exterior, the 2012 Cadillac SRX looks fast, and it backs up those looks with a new-for-2012 308-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 that will have Mom and Dad arguing over who gets to drive the kids to school. However, all those angles really hamper the SRX's rear visibility, making the optional backup camera a must-have for this five-seat crossover.
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.
Latch system: The SRX has two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard seats. The rear seats' back cushions are stiff and flush against the anchors, making them difficult to use. It's also tough to use the inboard Latch anchor on the passenger side because it's obstructed by the middle seat's seat belt buckle. There are three easy-to-use tether anchors on the second row's seatbacks.
Booster seat: Our high-back booster fit well in the SRX, and the outboard seats' seat belt buckles are on stable bases, making them easy for kids to use independently. The middle seat's buckle is floppy, though.
Convertible seat: Installing our forward- and rear-facing convertible was difficult because the Latch anchors were so hard to use. Once we managed to connect to the Latch anchors, the convertible — in both positions — fit well.
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