The verdict: Mazda’s newest SUV is a subcompact model that fills a tiny gap in the lineup between the CX-3 and CX-5 SUVs. The 2020 CX-30’s backseat has room for two car seats, but we found less than enough legroom to comfortably accommodate our infant car seat when a passenger is sitting in front of it.
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 Mazda CX-30.
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- Latch: The two sets of lower anchors sit under flip-off plastic covers. They’re easy to find and use.
- Forward-facing convertible: This seat was easy to install and, after raising the head restraint, the convertible fit well. There are three top tether anchors high up on the seatback; they’re clearly marked for easy access and connection.
- Rear-facing convertible: The installation was easy. Our 5-foot, 6-inch-tall front passenger had OK legroom, but taller passengers will be uncomfortable.
- Booster: After raising the head restraint, the booster fit well. The SUV’s buckles sit flush with the seat-bottom cushion, so they may be hard for kids to use independently.
- Infant: Latch connection was easy but room was a problem. The front passenger’s knees were grazing the glovebox, which is unsafe because of the airbag (not to mention uncomfortable).
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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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