By Jennifer Geiger on May 23, 2012
You'll have loads of fun driving Hyundai's sleek and sporty Genesis coupe and you'll look good, too — especially after its 2013 refresh. However, parents should be aware that the fun stops just short of the backseat, where it's incredibly difficult to install child-safety seats.
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.
Here's how the Hyundai Genesis coupe did in Cars.com's Car Seat Check:
Latch system: The backseat has room for two passengers and there are two sets of Latch anchors in each seat. The sport seats have firm cushions and the anchors are in slits within the fabric, set deep into the seat. They are difficult to access.
Booster seat: Though the seats are heavily bolstered, the booster seat fit well on the seat. The seat belt buckles are recessed into the bolster, but they sit far enough away from the booster seat that they might be easy for kids to use.
Convertible seat: Though this coupe has fixed head restraints, they didn’t get in the way and the forward-facing convertible fit fine on the seat. It was also easy to install thanks to its rigid connectors and the car’s accessible tether anchors; there’s two of them under hinged plastic covers on the rear shelf. The rear-facing convertible, however, was difficult to install. Flipped this way, the car seat’s base blocked access to the Latch anchors, and their deep placement complicated matters. After two people tried for several minutes to install it, we ended up using the seat belt instead.
Infant-safety seat: For this car seat to fit, we had to move the front passenger seat forward a little bit. The passenger still had enough room. It was difficult to connect this seat’s traditional connectors to the Latch anchors.
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 Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer