When Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder critiqued the 2012 Toyota Prius, he called it “an exceptionally efficient car at a relatively low price for people who care more about conservation than the act of driving. Given its success, the formula seems to have worked just fine.” Evidently, that formula has continued working so well that the popular hybrid has changed little in the past two model years. That comforting sameness extended to child-safety-seat installation, which remained relatively easy, garnering just a couple of minor complaints from us with regard to the head restraints and seat belts.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
There are two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard seats. Although the anchors are set deep into the seat bight, the cushions move out of the way with relative ease and both our hooklike and rigid Latch connectors are equally usable. Three sets of tether anchors are located on the seatbacks and are easily accessible.
- Our rear-facing infant seat fit well with minimal forward adjustment of the front passenger seat; while the tester would have preferred more room to stretch out, she had ample room for her knees.
- Our convertible seat fit well in the rear-facing position without needing to move the front passenger seat forward.
What We Don’t
- While the convertible seat also fit well in the forward-facing position, securing the tether anchor required threading it under the head restraint, which isn’t removable. When the head restraint is raised, it flops forward and remains connected to the seat; this made securing the tether strap awkward.
- The booster seat also fit well behind the driver seat, but the seat belt buckles are on floppy straps, which could make them difficult for children to use.