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2016 Ford Edge: Car Seat Check

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Editor’s note: This Car Seat Check was written in June 2015 about the 2015 Ford Edge. Little of substance has changed with this year’s model. To see what’s new for 2016, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.

CARS.COM — Ford’s two-row SUV got a major update for 2015 and parents will be happy about a few key changes. The Edge added a host of additional safety features in 2015 and received a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — one more star than 2014. In our Car Seat Check, we were able to fit three car seats across the Edge’s backseat — another win for families.

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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.
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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, Jennifer Newman and Matt Schmitz 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 shorter 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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Former Assistant Managing Editor-News Matt Schmitz is a veteran Chicago journalist indulging his curiosity for all things auto while helping to inform car shoppers. Email Matt Schmitz

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