2015 Dodge Charger: Car Seat Check


With its redesigned 2015 Charger, Dodge has shaken up the world of family haulers. This full-size sedan will thrill parents in a variety of ways, from its ability to fit three child-safety seats across the backseat to its available Hemi V-8 engines, including the Charger SRT Hellcat with its 707-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8. We installed car seats into a Charger R/T Scat Pack trim.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Three

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What We Like

  • The Charger has three sets of lower Latch anchors in the backseat. We’re huge fans of this setup because it means that parents have a dedicated set of Latch anchors for each seating position.
  • Despite the rear seat’s fixed head restraint and deep bottom cushion bolstering, our high-back booster seat fit well in the Charger. The seat belt buckles are on fixed stalks, making them easy for children to use independently.
  • Both the rear-facing infant and convertible seats had plenty of room in the Charger. There was no need to move the front passenger seat forward to accommodate either car seat.
  • The fixed head restraint didn’t interfere with the installation of our forward-facing convertible seat. The tether anchors on the rear shelf were easy to use, and the convertible fit well.

What We Don’t

  • The Latch anchors were difficult to access because they sit nearly an inch into the seat bight, where the back and bottom cushions meet, and they’re positioned near the back cushion. Our test car’s stiff leather seats further exacerbated the connection problems. Connection was difficult for both the infant and convertible seats.
  • The middle seat’s Latch anchors were even harder to use because the seat belt buckles crowded the access. Because of this, we used the seat belt to install a car seat in this seating position.

Grading Scale

A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn’t impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.  

B: Plenty of room. One fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.

C: Marginal room. Two fit or connection issues. Difficult to access third row when available.

D: Insufficient room. Two or more fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About’s Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted 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 and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.

We also install the forward-facing convertible 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; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there’s a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. To learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks, go here.

Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.

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Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Newman is a journalist with more than 25 years of experience, including 15 years as an automotive journalist at Jennifer leads the Editorial team in its mission of helping car shoppers find the vehicle that best fits their life. A mom of two, she’s graduated from kids in car seats to teens behind the steering wheel. She’s also a certified car-seat technician with more than 12 years of experience, as well as member of the World Car Jury, Automotive Press Association and Midwest Automotive Media Association. LinkedIn: Instagram: @jennilnewman Email Jennifer Newman

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