2017 Honda Accord Hybrid: Car Seat Check

Lead_MFR-AC.jpg 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid | Manufacturer image; photo by Angela Conners

CARS.COM — Honda’s redesigned Accord Hybrid excels when it comes to wringing the most out of a tank of fuel, but for families, the question is, does it do well when it comes to accommodating car seats? With a better score on the infant seat than the regular Accord sedan, the answer is a firm yes: The hybrid model earned straight A’s in our Car Seat Check.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

What We Like

  • The two sets of lower Latch anchors are easy to access.
  • We had no trouble installing the infant seat or convertible seat in rear-facing mode and both had ample room; we did not need to move the front passenger seat forward to fit them.
  • After raising the head restraint, the convertible in forward-facing mode went in easily and fit well. There are three top tether anchors behind head restraints and connection was easy.
  • We again raised the head restraint for the booster and it fit well on the lightly bolstered cushions. The buckles are on stable bases, which should make them easier for kids to grasp and use.

What We Don’t

  • Nothing

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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