Editor’s note: This Car Seat Check was written in April 2019 about the 2019 Toyota Prius. Little of substance has changed with this year’s model. See what’s new for 2020 or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.
The verdict: For 2019, the Toyota Prius gains an all-wheel-drive model, making it more versatile in the driving department. In terms of car seats, the hybrid hatchback still excels in room and Latch connection, with ample space for two car seats and easy-access Latch connection.
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 Toyota Prius.
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- Latch: The two sets of lower anchors sit under large upholstery flap. Once the flap is pulled down, they are exposed and easy to use.
- Infant seat: This seat went in easily and our 5-foot, 6-inch-tall front passenger had enough legroom.
- Rear-facing convertible: Again, this seat was easy to install and fit well.
- Forward-facing convertible: Connecting to the lower anchors was easy and after raising the head restraint, the seat fit well. Although the three top tether anchors are clearly marked on the seatback, the anchors themselves are buried in slits in the seatback carpet, complicating visibility and access.
- Booster: Again, raising the head restraint helped this seat fit well. The car’s short buckle stalks sink into upholstery, making them tough for kids to grasp.
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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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