CARS.COM — Ford’s two-row SUV got a major update for 2015 and parents will be happy about a few key changes. The new Edge got a host of additional safety features this year, as well as a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – one more star than last year. In our Car Seat Check, we were able to fit three car seats across the Edge’s backseat – another win for families.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Three
What We Like
- There are two sets of Latch anchors in the outboard seats; they sit only about one-eighth of an inch into the seat bight, where the back and bottom cushions meet; connection was easy. The seatbacks recline for even better access.
- Installing the rear-facing infant seat was a breeze and it had plenty of room.
- In both forward- and rear-facing modes, the convertible fit well and had enough space. In forward-facing mode, we raised the head restraint to accommodate the convertible, which required a bit of muscle. Three tether anchors are midway down the seatback and connection wasn’t a problem.
What We Don’t
- Although the booster fit well on the wide, flat seat bottom cushion, we gave it a B grade because the buckle stalks are very short. Kids will have a tough time grasping them to buckle in by themselves.
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 Cars.com’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.