Editor's note: This Car Seat Check was written in March 2017 about the 2017 Honda CR-V. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for the Honda in 2018, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model year vehicles.
If a rising tide lifts all boats, does an improved crossover raise all Car Seat Check scores? In the case of the overhauled Honda CR-V the answer is ... almost. For 2017, America's sweetheart among small SUVs offers updates that make it more stylish, more spacious and more spirited. It also fell just short of a perfect score for its car-seat accommodation due to an albatross carried over from the outgoing CR-V model in the form of a ceiling-mounted rear interior tether anchor.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
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- Latch, grade B: The two sets of lower anchors sit behind slits in the Honda CRV's upholstery and are easy to access. There's also an extra middle anchor. The two outboard top tether anchors sit halfway down the seatback and are easy to see and use. The middle position's top tether anchor is mounted in the car's ceiling and will block the driver's view while in use.
- Infant, grade A: This seat was easy to install and our 5-foot-6-inch front passenger had ample legroom.
- Rear-facing convertible, grade A: This seat also installed easily and our 5-foot-6-inch front passenger had ample legroom.
- Forward-facing convertible, grade A: This seat also installed easily in the forward-facing position and fit well after we raised the head restraint.
- Booster, grade A: The booster fit well after we raised the head restraint. Stable seat belt bases make it easier for kids to buckle up independently.
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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