The redesigned 2014 Toyota Highlander is a massive stage up from the earlier generation when it comes to family members life. The 2014 model fit 3 child-safety seats across the second row — some thing the previous model could not do — and it has a tether anchor in the third row, making it possible for parents to install a forward-dealing with convertible. The prior-gen Highlander did not have a tether anchor in the third row. Everything isn’;t excellent when it comes to fitting car seats, but the 2014 Highlander has produced excellent progress on this front.
How several vehicle seats fit in the second row? 3
How numerous vehicle seats fit in the third row? 2
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What We Like
- The second-row seats slide forward and back and the seatbacks recline, making it possible for for a great deal of versatility when fitting little ones and their vehicle seats in the back.
- The 2 sets of reduced Latch anchors in the second row’;s outboard seats are largely effortless to use, but the anchors closest to the middle seat are a tiny more difficult to get at simply because of seat belt buckles and other hardware blocking access. Reclining the seatback opened up the seat bight for much better Latch access.
- The rear-facing infant seat match nicely in the 2nd row. We only had to move the front passenger seat forward one “click,” which didn’;t influence our tester’;s legroom or comfort.
- The rear- and forward-dealing with convertibles fit well in the second row.
- The booster seat fit properly in the second row. Though the seat belt buckle is relatively recessed in the seat cushion, the booster did not slide in excess of it because the seats are wide.
- The 2nd row moves forward easily to create a passage to the third row — even with a automobile seat set up — but the opening may possibly not be massive enough for some adults. Children should not have any difficulties acquiring to the third row.
What We Don’;t
- The third row’;s tether strap’;s spot implies a forward-facing convertible must be put in in the middle seating position. We used a seat belt to install it, and the automobile seat match nicely, but our convertible is so wide that we had to jam the booster seat in following to it. There wasn’;t enough area to match our hands among the 2 car seats when buckling up.
- The booster is a tight match even with out the convertible seat up coming to it given that the third-row cupholders jut out into the seating area, pushing the booster above the best of the seat belt buckle.
A: Plenty of space for the vehicle seat and the kid isn’;t going to effect driver or front-passenger legroom. Simple to uncover and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No match problems involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy entry to the third row.
B: Plenty of space. One match or connection issue. Some troubles accessing third row when offered.
C: Marginal space. 2 match or connection troubles. Tough to accessibility third row when obtainable.
D: Insufficient area. 2 or much more match or connection issues.
F: Does not fit or is unsafe.
About Automobiles.com’;s Auto Seat Checks
Editors Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman are certified youngster safety seat installation technicians.
For the Automobile Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The 3 youngster seats are put in in the 2nd row. The booster seat sits behind the driver’;s seat, and the infant and convertible seats are put in 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 3 auto seats will match a little one sitting in the booster seat should be ready to reach the seat belt buckle. If there is a third row, we set up the booster seat and a forward-dealing with convertible. To discover far more about how we perform our Automobile Seat Checks, go here.
Parents need to also bear in mind that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a automobile seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 lbs, including the bodyweight of the kid and the fat of the seat itself.
Autos.com photographs by Evan Sears