CARS.COM — Hyundai made a good thing even better with the redesign of its compact car. The 2017 Elantra got revised styling, more safety features and additional creature comforts such as an optional proximity-activated automatic truck. For families, the big news is in the backseat. The 2017 Elantra has an extra inch and a half of legroom over the 2016 model. There was plenty of room for two child-safety seats in the back, and installation was easy.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- The two sets of Latch anchors sit just within the seat bight for easy access. Although the leather upholstery was stiff, we had no problem pushing past it to connect to the anchors, especially with the convertible’s rigid connectors.
- In both forward- and rear-facing mode, the convertible installed easily and fit well. In forward mode, it was easy to connect to one of the three top tether anchors on the rear shelf once we removed the head restraint. In rear mode, we did not need to move the front passenger seat forward to make room.
- The booster fit nicely on the lightly bolstered seat and we didn’t need to raise the head restraint to install it. The buckles are on short stable stalks, so kids should be able to grasp them easily. Note that the middle position’s buckle is floppy, however.
What We Don’t
- We had to move the front passenger seat forward a bit to make room for the infant seat, but the 5-foot-6 passenger had enough knee room.