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How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2020 Subaru Legacy?

The verdict: Redesigned for 2020, Subaru’s mid-size sedan, the Legacy, rides on a new platform and wears beefier styling, and XT models get a newly available turbocharged four-cylinder engine. In the backseat, legroom is plentiful and easy-access Latch anchors made it a breeze to install two car seats.

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 Subaru Legacy.

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A Grade

  • Latch: The two sets of lower anchors sit under Velcro covers, and are easy to find and use. The three top tether anchors are under large, hinged covers. They’re clearly marked and the tethers themselves are body color, so they’re easy to see (ours were red).
  • Infant seat: Latch connection was easy, and the 5-foot, 6-inch-tall front passenger had plenty of legroom.
  • Rear-facing convertible: Again, the install was easy and there was ample legroom for the front passenger.
  • Forward-facing convertible: After we raised the head restraint, the convertible fit well, and we were able to situate it flush against the seatback. It installed easily.

B Grade

  • Booster: The booster fit well after we raised the head restraint. The buckles are on stubby stalks that could be tough for kids to grasp and use.

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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