By Jennifer Newman on September 19, 2012
Ford's flagship sedan, the Taurus, can seat five passengers, but when child-safety seats are added to the mix, it can only handle two of our car seats in its large backseat, though three car seats nearly fit. This full-size sedan competes with the Toyota Avalon, Chrysler 300 and Hyundai Azera.
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 convertible seat in the second row's middle seat with the booster and infant seat 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 2013 Ford Taurus did in Cars.com's Car Seat Check:
Latch system: The Taurus has two sets of lower Latch anchors that are set closer to the second row's middle seating position. According to the owner's manual, this setup allows parents to use Latch anchors to secure a car seat in any of the three seating positions. However, parents shouldn't double up on the anchors, meaning they should only connect one car seat to each anchor set.
While this setup is a great idea, we found that the Taurus' bolstered seat cushions caused our child-safety seats to sit slightly askew. Most of the anchors are easy to use because of a huge gap in the seat bight, where the back and bottom cushions meet. The inboard anchor behind the driver's seat is difficult to use because it sits behind two seat belt buckles.
Convertible seat: Both the forward- and rear-facing convertibles had plenty of room in the Taurus' backseat, but both seats sat at a slightly awkward angle because of the Latch-anchor placement and seat bolstering. Three tether anchors are on the Taurus' rear shelf and are easy to use.
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