CARS.COM — The redesigned 2017 GMC Acadia is 7.2 inches shorter than its predecessor, so we were surprised when this SUV easily handled child-safety seats in all three of its rows. The Acadia makes the most of its smaller size with second and third rows that don't skimp on legroom. Though it can also be had with just two rows of seats, we tested a three-row Acadia Denali with second-row captain's chairs.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
How many car seats fit in the third row? Two
What We Like
- The two sets of lower Latch anchors in the second row are almost exposed, making them quick to find and use. The third row doesn't have any Latch anchors, but it does have a tether for each seating position. Both the third-row and second-row tether anchors are easy to use.
- Our rear-facing car seats — an infant seat and a convertible — fit well in the second row behind the front passenger seat. There was no need to move the front seat forward to accommodate either of the rear-facing car seats behind it.
- The wide captain's chairs easily fit our forward-facing convertible as well as our high-back booster seat. The seat belt buckles are on stable bases that sit up high enough for kids to grasp.
- Because there are no lower Latch anchors in the third row, we used the seat belt to install our forward-facing convertible, which went in without a hitch. GM notes in its Acadia owner's manual that our Britax Marathon's dual tether straps should be routed around the outside of the head restraint.
- The booster seat also fit well in the third row and the seat belt buckles are on stable bases, making them easy for kids in boosters to use independently.
- The Acadia earned high marks for its third-row access. On the passenger side, the captain's chair collapses and slides forward far enough to create a wide pathway to the third row. Kids can also easily scoot between the captain's chairs.
What We Don't Like
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; editor Matt Schmitz is working toward recertification.
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.