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How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2020 Subaru Outback?

2020 Subaru Outback

The verdict: Subaru redesigned its popular Outback wagon for 2020, and its additional legroom in the backseat translates to more space for rear-facing car seats. That extra room, coupled with accessible Latch anchors, helped the Outback earn top grades in our Car Seat Check.

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 Outback.

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A Grade

  • Latch: The two sets of lower anchors sit under leather flaps; access and connection are easy. Three top tether anchors sit halfway down the seatbacks. They’re clearly marked and easy to use.
  • Infant seat: The seat installed easily, and our 5-foot, 6-inch-tall front passenger had enough legroom.
  • Rear-facing convertible: Again, the seat was easy to install, and the front passenger still had ample legroom.
  • Forward-facing convertible: After raising the head restraint, the forward-facing convertible fit well. Both Latch and tether anchors were easy to find and use.

B Grade

  • Booster: The booster fit well after we raised the head restraint. The buckles are on short but stable bases; they’re not quite long enough for kids to grasp and use independently, and they can also be pushed down into the seat upholstery, complicating connection. Caregivers should also note that if a booster is installed in the center position, the seat belt straps need to be pulled down from the ceiling, complicating connection and blocking the driver’s view.

C Grade

  • None
2020 Subaru Outback

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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