So You Want to Put Car Seats in Your 2019 GMC Canyon ...

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The 2019 GMC Canyon mid-size pickup truck has a can-do attitude when it comes to fitting kids' car seats. We installed three types of car seats — infant seat, booster seat, and a convertible seat in rear- and forward-facing modes — into a 2019 GMC Canyon Denali crew cab.

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Like many of its competitors, the Canyon has a less-than-ideal top tether anchor setup. The tether anchors sit behind the rear seats and are difficult to use as well as easy to forget about since they're out of sight. The good news is the Canyon crew cab has a spilt backseat that makes it a little easier to access the tether anchor, since you only have to fold a portion of the rear seatback when installing a forward-facing convertible seat. graphic by Melissa Galicia Vega

We had to use some muscle to connect our infant car seat's hooklike connectors to the Canyon's lower Latch anchors. We also had to move the front passenger seat forward about an inch to accommodate the car seat. The rear-facing convertible installed easily, and the high-back booster seat fit well in the Canyon. A floppy seat belt buckle could make it hard for little ones to buckle up on their own, however.

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Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Newman is a journalist with more than 25 years of experience, including 15 years as an automotive journalist at Jennifer leads the Editorial team in its mission of helping car shoppers find the vehicle that best fits their life. A mom of two, she’s graduated from kids in car seats to teens behind the steering wheel. She’s also a certified car-seat technician with more than 12 years of experience, as well as member of the World Car Jury, Automotive Press Association and Midwest Automotive Media Association. LinkedIn: Instagram: @jennilnewman Email Jennifer Newman

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