it's hard to miss acura's redesigned-for-2019 rdx. the compact suv's bold, in-your-face grille commands attention, as does its edgy chiseled body and angular profile. inside the sporty a spec model we tested for this car seat check were black and red sport seats, a complement to the exterior's eye-catching style. what's more, the backseat isn't just about looks — accessible lower latch anchors and ample room helped the rdx earn high grades.
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- latch, grade a: two sets of lower anchors sit under large velcroed flaps. the large, white anchors are very visible for extra easy connection. the three top tether anchors sit midway down the seatback. they're also clearly marked and connection was easy, but caregivers should be aware of nearby cargo hooks — don't confuse these for the top tether anchors.
- infant, grade a: this seat was easy to install, and there was plenty of legroom for our 5-foot-6-inch front passenger.
- rear-facing convertible, grade a: this was another easy install and again, there was ample room.
- forward-facing convertible, grade a: after we removed the head restraint, the seat fit well and was easy to install.
- booster, grade b: after we raised the head restraint, the booster fit well on the bolstered seat. the rdx's floppy buckles sink into the seat cushion, which will likely make it tough for kids to buckle up independently.
solid indicates an a grade for optimum ease of use and fit. so-so indicates b or c grades for one to two ease-of-use or fit issues. skip it indicates d or f grades.
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 third row when available.
c: marginal room plus one fit or connection issue. difficult to access 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, 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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