How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2024 Subaru Crosstrek?

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The verdict: Subaru’s tiny Crosstrek SUV got redesigned for 2024 with fresh styling, updated powertrains and technology upgrades. The Crosstrek earned straight As in our Car Seat Check thanks to easy-access anchors and ample backseat legroom.

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 2024 Subaru Crosstrek.

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A Grade

  • Latch: The two sets of lower anchors sit under removable fabric covers and are easy to find and use. There’s also an extra single anchor for use in the middle position; caregivers should read the owner’s manual to make sure they are using the anchor correctly. The three top tether anchors on the seatback are clearly marked and also easy to use.
  • Infant: This seat was easy to install, and our 5-foot-6-inch front passenger had enough legroom when seated in front of it.
  • Rear-facing convertible: As with the infant seat, the convertible in rear mode went in easily and fit well.
  • Forward-facing convertible: After removing the head restraint to situate the convertible flush against the seatback, it fit well. Installation was easy thanks to the accessible anchors.
  • Booster: We again removed the head restraint for a good fit. The Crosstrek’s large buckle stalks are relatively stable, so kids should be able to grasp and use them independently. Note that the middle seat’s seat belt is attached to the outboard seat’s head restraint.
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B Grade

  • None

C Grade

  • None

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’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.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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News Editor Jennifer Geiger joined the automotive industry in 2003, much to the delight of her Corvette-obsessed dad. Jennifer is an expert reviewer, certified car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats — many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer Geiger

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