Editor’s note: This Car Seat Check was written in December 2017 about the 2018 Kia Rio. Little of substance has changed with this year’s model. See what’s new for 2019 or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.
The verdict: Kia redesigned its smallest vehicle for 2018, and the Rio is again available in sedan or hatchback body styles. We tested the hatchback version, and although this subcompact offers more room than expected, we had a tough time accommodating our rear-facing infant car seat.
Does it fit three car seats? No
Take a look at how the Latch system and each car seat scored below in our Car Seat Check of the 2019 Kia Rio.
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- Latch: The two sets of lower anchors sit just within the seat bight and are easy to access and use. Three top tether anchors sit halfway down the seatback and are clearly marked for easy connection.
- Forward-facing convertible: This seat was easy to install and fit well after we raised the head restraint.
- Booster: After we raised the head restraint, the booster fit well. The buckles are on stable stalks, so kids should be able to grasp them.
- Rear-facing convertible: This seat was easy to install and didn’t take up quite as much legroom as the infant. We were able to move the front passenger seat back a bit from where we had it when the infant seat was installed; taller passengers will still need more legroom.
- Infant seat: Although this seat was easy to install, legroom was an issue. Our 5-foot-6-inch front passenger had to sit with her knees sideways touching the glove box.
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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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