Honda’s three-row Pilot SUV has a lot of fans, and the automaker is building on that vehicle’s winning formula with its newest SUV, the 2019 Passport. The Passport is based on the Pilot, but is smaller with only two rows and seating for five. In our Car Seat Check, the Passport excelled for its easy-access Latch anchors and roomy backseat, but lost points for its difficult-to-access top tether anchors, which must be used when installing a forward-facing car seat.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
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- Latch, grade A: The Passport has three sets of anchors; that’s one more than most vehicles have. The outboard anchors are exposed for easy access and connection; the middle anchors sit just within the seat bight and are also easy to use. There wasn’t enough room to safely install our three car seats in the backseat, however. The extra set of anchors does make the vehicle more flexible because you can use the middle set of anchors to install a car seat, which you normally cannot do in a vehicle with anchors in only the outboard positions. The three top tether anchors sit far down the seatback and are blocked by the cargo floor, which is not ideal, and is the reason our forward-facing convertible received a lower grade.
- Infant, grade A: Connecting to the Latch anchors was easy, and the 5-foot-6-inch-tall front passenger had plenty of legroom.
- Rear-facing convertible, grade A: Again, this seat went in easily and had ample room.
- Forward-facing convertible, grade C: The car seat fit well after we removed the head restraint. Connection to the lower Latch anchors was easy but we had issues connecting to the top tether anchor. The anchors are clearly marked but the actual anchors are far from the anchor symbols on the seatback; they’re set all the way down on the seatback and tough to access because of the raised cargo floor (the cargo floor is raised because of an underfloor storage bin). I needed to move the seat forward and fold it slightly to gain access to the tether anchor before installing the car seat with the lower anchors. There are also cargo hooks nearby, which could confuse caregivers. Cargo hooks are not rated for the same weight as tether anchors and should never be used to secure a car seat.
- Booster, grade B: The booster fit well after I removed the head restraint. The Passport’s floppy buckles could make it difficult for kids to buckle up independently, however.
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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