How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2018 Jeep Wrangler?

2018 Jeep Wrangler; Cars.com photos by Christian Lantry

Jeep redesigned its iconic SUV for 2018 and, although the Wrangler can go just about anywhere, caregivers should use extra caution when taking kids in car seats off the beaten path. The Wrangler's accessible Latch anchors made installing car seats easy, but room issues were a problem for our rear-facing car seats, while seat belt and head restraint issues had us struggling to get our booster safely installed. For this Car Seat Check, we tested a four-door Wrangler.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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Solid

  • Latch, grade A: The two sets of anchors are exposed and larger than usual, so connection is easy. Three tether anchors sit on the seatbacks; they're clearly marked and easy to access.

So-So

  • Infant seat, Grade C: Connection was easy, but the 5-foot-6-inch front passenger was uncomfortable. Her knees were bumping up against the dash.
  • Rear-facing convertible, Grade B: Connection was easy and we could move the front passenger seatback for a little more legroom. Taller passengers will still need more to be comfortable.
  • Forward-facing convertible, Grade B: Another easy install, but the fixed head restraint pushed the convertible off the Wrangler's seatback. The head restraint is narrow, but it still prevents the seat from sitting flush against the seatback cushion, as it should.

Skip It

  • Booster, Grade D: The fixed head restraint also pushed the booster's back off the Wrangler's seatback cushion. In addition, the buckles are on floppy bases and the outboard ones are oddly tethered via an elastic strap to the center of the seat-bottom cushion. This causes the buckle to pull to one side so it's hard to situate the booster without it riding over the top of the buckle. It's also tough to buckle, since it wants to pull to one side.

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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