Lexus redesigned its mid-size ES 350 sedan for 2019 with a dramatic new face, modern cabin and updated powertrains. For this Car Seat Check, we tested the sport-tuned F Sport model with sport seats, and it got straight-A grades across the board thanks to ample backseat legroom and easy-access lower Latch anchors.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
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- Latch, grade A: The two sets of lower anchors sit under removable plastic covers for easy access. The three top tether anchors sit on the rear shelf; they’re clearly marked for easy connection.
- Infant, grade A: This seat had plenty of room and installation was easy.
- Rear-facing convertible, grade A: This seat also had ample room, and installation again was easy.
- Forward-facing convertible, grade A: After removing the head restraint, this seat fit well. Connecting to the tether was no problem.
- Booster, grade A: This seat also fit well after raising the head restraint. The ES 350’s stable buckles should 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.
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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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