How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2018 Ford Expedition?

2018 Ford Expedition; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

CARS.COM — Ford's Expedition people mover got a redesign for 2018 with more interior room as well as additional comfort and convenience features this year. The Expedition is still a body-on-frame SUV built off the F-150 pickup truck platform, but for 2018, it got more amenities that make it more family-friendly. The three-row Expedition is available in seven- or eight-passenger configurations, and for this Car Seat Check, we tested an eight-seat model equipped with a second-row bench seat; it easily accommodated three car seats.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Three

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

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Solid

  • Second row Latch, grade A: There are three sets of lower anchors, and they're exposed for easy connection; the seatback also reclines to expose them further. There are three top tether anchors a third of the way down the seatback. Access and connection was easy.
  • Third row Latch, grade A: The two sets in the third row are also exposed for easy connection. There are three top tether anchors on the seatbacks and, again, they're easy to use.
  • Infant, grade A: The infant seat went in easily, and the front passenger had ample legroom.
  • Rear-facing convertible, grade A: This seat also was an easy install and fit well.
  • Second-row forward-facing convertible, grade A: After removing the head restraint, the seat fit well and was easy to install. We had no issues connecting the top tether.
  • Second-row booster, grade A: After removing the head restraint, the booster fit well. The Expedition's stable buckles should make it easier for kids to buckle up independently.
  • Third-row entry: A button on the B-pillar vaults the second-row seat forward for a big opening, making ingress and egress easy. The Expedition's running boards also help with its tall step-in height.

So-So

  • Third-row forward-facing convertible, Grade B: The seat was easy to install, but it did not fit well due to the third row's fixed head restraints, which pushed the car seat off the Expedition's seatback.
  • Third-row booster, grade C: The fixed head restraint pushes the booster off the seatback, and the third row's floppy buckles will likely make it tough for kids to buckle up independently.

Skip It

  • Nothing

Grading Scale

Solid indicates an A grade for optimum ease of use and fit. So-So indicates B or C grades for one to two ease-of-use or fit issues. Skip It indicates D or F grades.

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: One room, fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.

C: Marginal room plus one fit or connection issue. Difficult to access third row when available.

D: Insufficient room, plus multiple fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About Cars.com'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. Learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks.

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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