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How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2021 Acura TLX?

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The verdict: The redesigned 2021 Acura TLX is a luxury sedan that’s sleek — and possibly even sexy — but is it kid- and car-seat friendly? With its tight backseat and low roofline, parents wrestling kids into car seats will likely say no to the TLX. 

Does it fit three car seats? No. In fact, save that middle seat for someone you don’t like as it’s not as well cushioned as the outboard seats. 

Take a look at how the Latch system and each car seat scored below in our Car Seat Check of the 2021 Acura TLX. 

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A Grade

  • None

B Grade

  • Infant seat: The rear-facing infant seat just fit behind the front passenger seat, which was adjusted for our 5-foot-7-inch tester. The TLX’s lower Latch anchor setup complicates installing car seats because a long flap hides the anchors. To access them, you have to fold the flap down and then fight it to keep it from covering the anchors while installing the car seat.
  • Forward-facing convertible: Our installer also struggled with the Latch anchor covers when installing the forward-facing convertible. There were no issues getting the car seat to fit in the backseat, and connecting to the top tether anchor went well, though caretakers should read the owner’s manual as there are instructions from Acura about where to route the convertible’s tether strap.
  • Rear-facing convertible: Say it with me: The Latch flap also impeded the installation of the rear-facing convertible. It just managed to fit in the backseat without adjusting the front passenger seat, however. 

C Grade

  • Latch: The TLX’s Latch system seems to be more focused on style than substance. While the long flap that covers the anchors looks attractive, it adds an unnecessary level of complication to car-seat installation. And once exposed, the lower Latch anchors seem to sit deep in the seat. There are two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard seats, and three top tether anchors on the TLX’s rear shelf behind the head restraints.  
  • Booster seat: The TLX has sporty seats with large bolsters that pushed our booster seat over the seat belt buckle, which sits low in the bottom seat cushion. To secure the booster seat, we had to yank the booster toward the door to get enough space to buckle up. This will cause serious complications for a child trying to buckle up on his or her own.

Grading Scale

A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn’t impact driver or front passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.

B: One room, fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing the third row when available.

C: Marginal room plus one fit or connection issue. Difficult to access the third row when available.

D: Insufficient room, plus multiple fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About Cars.com’s Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Chicco KeyFit 30 infant-safety seat, a Graco Contender 65 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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