This Car Seat Check was first published in May 2011 on MotherProof.com.
Honda redesigned its best-selling Civic for the 2012 model year. It comes in two body styles — coupe and sedan, which we tested in our Car Seat Check. The sedan's backseat is now larger, with an extra inch of rear legroom.
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 2012 Civic sedan did in Cars.com's Car Seat Check:
Latch system: The Civic has two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard seats. The anchors aren't visible, but they aren't buried too deeply in the seat bight, where the back and bottom cushions meet. The cushions can be easily pushed to the side to gain access to the anchors.
Three tether anchors sit under hinged plastic covers on the Civic's rear shelf behind the head restraints. The tether anchors are easy to use, with a lot of clearance around the anchor bars.
Booster seat: The Civic's flat backseat makes it easy for a high-back booster seat to fit on it. The seat belt buckles are floppy, making them difficult for kids in boosters to use independently.
Convertible seat: The forward- and rear-facing convertibles both fit well in the sedan.
Infant seat: We had to move the front passenger seat forward roughly an inch to create enough room for this car seat to fit properly. This caused our front passenger's knees to push against the glove box.
How many 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.