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2013 Lexus GX 460: Car Seat Check

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.

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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 2013 Lexus GX 460 did in Cars.com’s Car Seat Check:

There aren’t any Latch anchors for the two-passenger third row. There aren’t any tether anchors here, so it’s not safe to install a forward-facing convertible.

The third row’s flat seat also helped with our booster installation (photo above). Although the head restraints here are fixed, they didn’t interfere with installation. Legroom is a problem, though. With the second-row seat slid all the way back, legroom was tight.

In rear-facing mode, the second row offered plenty of room for the convertible, especially with the seat slid all the way back. The front passenger didn’t need to move the seat forward to accommodate it.

Third-row access: The second row slides forward easily, but a really high step-in and a narrow opening make getting to the third row tough. Kids should be fine, but adults will have to squeeze.

How many car seats fit in third 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.

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