By Jennifer Geiger on Wed Apr 03 19:00:00 GMT-06:00 2013
Land Rover's Range Rover may have shed a few hundred pounds for 2013 thanks to a new lightweight body, but it's still a really large SUV. The five-passenger Range Rover easily accommodated three car seats in its second row, a feat not every SUV can manage.
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 2013 Range Rover did in Cars.com's Car Seat Check:
Latch system: There are two sets of anchors in the outboard seats. The leather seat cushions are firm, but the Latch anchors aren't buried too deeply in the seat bight, so connecting to them wasn’t a problem with the rigid or hook-like connectors.
Booster seat: After raising the head restraint to accommodate the booster, it installed easily and had plenty of space. The outboard buckles are on stable bases, making them easy to reach.
Convertible seat: In forward-facing position, the convertible fit well after we raised the head restraint. Using the Range Rover's tether anchor was easy; there are three of them at the base of the seatbacks.
In rear-facing mode, we had to move the front passenger seat forward just a bit to accommodate the convertible. The front passenger still had plenty of legroom and the seat installed easily. The second row does not slide or recline, and that the middle seat doubles as a fold-down armrest.
Infant-safety seat: This rear-facing seat was easy to install and fit well after moving up the front passenger seat. The front passenger still had plenty of legroom.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Three
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