CARS.COM — With its new-for-2015 off-road TRD Pro trim, the Toyota 4Runner is able to handle some pretty rough roads. When it comes to child-safety seats, it can easily fit three of them across its roomy backseat, but this five-seat SUV (a third row is optional and increases capacity to seven) gets docked for its difficult-to-access Latch system in our Car Seat Check. We tested the 2015 4Runner TRD Pro with leather seats.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Three
What We Like
- Three tether anchors are midway down the seatbacks under hinged plastic covers. We didn’t have any problems using them.
- The rear-facing infant seat fit well. There was no need to move the front passenger seat forward.
- The rear-facing convertible also fit well, though we had difficulties using this rigid seat’s Latch connectors with the Latch system.
- For the forward-facing convertible to fit, we had to remove the head restraint. The car seat fit in the 4Runner, but the Latch system created lots of frustration with this seat too.
- Our high-back booster seat fit well on the 4Runner’s flat rear bench. The seat belt buckles are on stable bases. While they don’t stick out too far, we still found them easy to use.
What We Don’t
- The 4Runner has two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard seats. The anchors sit behind small slits in the leather and were difficult to access with our convertible seat’s rigid Latch connectors. Our tester had to pull hard on the slit to open it wide enough to fit the rigid connectors into the openings. We had better luck using the narrow, hooklike connectors from our infant seat with the 4Runner’s Latch anchors.