CARS.COM — School has only just started again, but it's never too early to focus on grades. Out of 65 model-year 2017 and 2018 vehicles tested in our Car Seat Checks between September 2016 and August 2017, only 10 have made this year's Car Seat Check Honor Roll. These vehicles earned the top score of A in all of our Car Seat Check categories, setting them apart as the best for car-seat installation.
Child Passenger Safety Week begins on Sept. 17 and is designed to educate parents and caretakers about the importance of car-seat safety. At Cars.com, we have three certified child passenger safety technicians who install and write our Car Seat Checks. At these checks, we investigate a car's Latch system, which is supposed to make car-seat installation easier but sometimes doesn't, as well as how four different car seats fit into a vehicle.
Our Honor Roll recognizes the cars we've tested during the last year that have ample room for at least two car seats and have Latch anchors that make car-seat installation easier. They are:
Families will find a lot to like about Chevrolet's redesigned-for-2018 compact SUV. Although the Equinox shrank in size this year, there's still plenty of room for two car seats in its ample backseat, and exposed Latch anchors mean installation is a breeze.
The 2017 Genesis G90 is the first model in Hyundai's luxury offshoot brand, and it's got a lot to offer a family willing to spend the roughly $70,000 on a fledgling nameplate still vying for market cachet. The five-seat flagship sedan is comfortable, luxurious and spacious — particularly in the backseat — while offering robust performance and easy-to-use tech features.
With its 2017 redesign, the GMC Acadia is now a mid-size SUV that can be had with either two or three rows of seats. The three-row Acadia earned straight A's in our Car Seat Check and a spot on last year's report card, but how does the two-row version, the Acadia SLT with All Terrain Package, handle car seats? The answer: It was a repeat performance. The five-seat Acadia just managed to fit our three car seats across its second-row bench. The bench seat slides forward and back, and the seatbacks recline for easier car-seat installation.
Honda's Accord Hybrid excels when it comes to wringing the most out of a tank of fuel, but the question for families 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.
Lincoln resurrected a storied name for its new flagship sedan. The 2017 Continental features a backseat that the automaker said can be compared with a private jet; available features include reclining, heated, cooled and massaging seats; audio and climate controls; and sunshades. It sounds too nice for toddlers, but if the Continental is tasked with family duty, it offers plenty of room for two car seats.
Redesigned for the 2015 model year, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class added a new coupe variant to the lineup for 2017. Families with car-seat-age kids will still want to opt for the C300 sedan — for more reasons than just its four-door pragmatism. The C300 we tested earned a perfect straight-A report card in our Car Seat Check.
Subaru offers all-wheel drive on its compact sedan and hatchback, giving it a leg up in this crowded segment, but that's not all that helps the Impreza standout. Redesigned for 2017, the Impreza offers two things that are sure to impress parents: loads of available safety features and plenty of room for two car seats.
Volkswagen's lineup hasn't been great for big families — the automaker no longer sells the Routan minivan and its biggest SUV, the Touareg, only seats five and was just discontinued. The new-for-2018 Atlas changes everything: It's roomy, loaded with family-friendly features and excels when it comes to car seats. There's three sets of Latch anchors across the second row, and three car seats installed easily and fit well.
There are a lot of impressive SUVs in the compact class, but VW's traditionally hasn't been one of them. The previous Tiguan was cramped and inefficient compared with just about any other vehicle in the segment. A redesign for 2018 changes much of that, and families will appreciate two key upgrades: The new Tiguan grows in size and offers an available third row.
Volvo's flagship sedan takes luxury to new heights with a Nappa leather interior decked out in low-gloss wood trim. In the S90's backseat, there's ample room for two car seats, and easy Latch anchors earned this sedan high grades. However, parents should probably avoid the gorgeous cream leather cabin we tested. Kids + cream upholstery = grime.
Chevrolet's electric car deserves an honorable mention for practically defying physics. This compact hatchback packs a lot of backseat space; during one drive, two editors more than 6 feet tall had enough headroom and reasonable legroom in the backseat. Likewise, the Bolt EV had no problem accommodating two car seats; it received one B grade because of its floppy seat belt buckles.