By Jennifer Newman on January 10, 2013
The 2013 Honda Accord's redesign has proven to be popular with car shoppers. In December 2012's sales numbers, the Accord easily made the top 10 with 29,428 cars sold, placing it a No. 6. The Accord sedan is the recent winner of our $26,000 Midsize Sedan Showdown, but what about the Accord coupe? Does this two-door Accord accommodate child-safety seats as well as the sedan?
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 Accord coupe did in Cars.com's Car Seat Check:
Three tether anchors are located on the rear shelf and have hinged plastic covers. The anchors are set close to the head restraints, which didn't leave much room for connecting the anchor to the tether. Admittedly, it's a minor complaint.
Booster seat: Our high-back booster seat was too wide for the coupe's sculpted backseat. The side bolster pushed the booster over slightly and onto the seat belt buckle. We had to manhandle it into position. The buckle is difficult to use because it's floppy and the anchor strap is short, so it sits low against the booster seat.
Convertible seat: The forward-facing convertible fit in the Accord coupe's backseat without any problems. The rear-facing convertible also fit well, but we struggled to install it. We had a difficult time accessing the inboard Latch anchor — partly because of our child-safety seat's design, but also because the middle seat's seat belt was in the way.
Infant-safety seat: We had to move the front passenger seat forward quite a bit for this rear-facing safety seat to fit behind it. This left the front passenger without enough legroom. This car seat's hooklike connectors made accessing the Latch anchors a breeze.
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