The verdict: Desert-running off-road capability is what the Ford F-150 Raptor brings to the table, with a long-travel suspension featuring Fox Racing shocks, skid plates, all-terrain tires and unique styling. But it also excels in more … shall we say, domestic roles. The F-150 Raptor has loads of room and easily fit three car seats across its backseat.
Does it fit three car seats? Yes
Take a look at how the Latch system and each car seat scored below in our Car Seat Check of the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor.
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- Latch: The two sets of lower anchors are exposed for easy access and connection. Three tether loops sit behind the head restraints. I needed to consult the truck’s owner’s manual to understand how to use them.
- Infant seat: The seat was easy to install, and the 5-foot, 6-inch-tall front passenger had loads of legroom.
- Rear-facing convertible: Similarly, the convertible also went in easily and had ample legroom.
- Booster: After removing the head restraint, the booster fit well. Buckles on stable stalks should make it easier for kids to buckle up independently.
- Forward-facing convertible: We removed the head restraint so the convertible could sit flush against the truck’s seatback. Connecting to the lower Latch anchors was easy, but connecting to the top tether loop required a trip to the owner’s manual. To connect to the tether loop, route the car seat’s tether strap through the tether loop closest to the car seat, but then connect it to the middle seat’s tether loop. If you try to use the tether strap closest to where the car seat is installed, you won’t be able to get it taut enough to ensure a safe connection. This could be confusing to caregivers, so we gave the convertible a B grade.
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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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