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How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2020 Kia Soul?

The verdict: For 2020, Kia’s funky box got even more spunk. The new Soul wears updated exterior styling, a new base engine and gets some additional convenience features. Although cargo room increases slightly, rear legroom decreases. Luckily, there’s still enough space to comfortably hold two car seats, but some muscle is required for connection to the Latch anchors.

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 2020 Kia Soul GT-Line.

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A Grade

  • Booster: After we raised the head restraint, the booster fit well. The Soul’s stable seat belt buckles should make it easier for kids to buckle up independently.

B Grade

  • Latch: The two sets of lower anchors sit about a half-inch into the seat bight. The upholstery in the GT-Line model is stiff, requiring some muscle to find and connect to the anchors. Three tether anchors sit halfway down the seatback; they’re easy to find and use.
  • Infant seat: Connection to the lower anchors required some muscle. The 5-foot, 6-inch-tall front passenger had ample legroom.
  • Rear-facing convertible: Again, connection could have been easier, but the front passenger had enough legroom.
  • Forward-facing convertible: Connection to the lower anchors required some muscle. After removing the head restraint, the seat fit well. We also needed to remove the cargo cover to connect the top tether strap to the anchor.

C Grade

  • None

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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