for 2019, toyota's largest sedan gets a stylish new look — and the changes aren't just skin-deep. the 2019 avalon rides on a new platform and gets a host of modern tech, convenience and safety features. in the backseat, caregivers of kids in car seats will be impressed by the sedan's ample room and easy-access latch anchors.
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- latch, grade a: the two sets of lower anchors sit under flip-off plastic covers; they're easy to access and use. similarly, the three top tether anchors sit on the rear shelf; they're also clearly marked and easy to access.
- infant, grade a: this seat was easy to install and has plenty of room.
- rear-facing convertible, grade a: again, this seat went in easily and had no room issues.
- forward-facing convertible, grade a: this seat was again easy to install, and after raising the head restraint, it fit well.
- booster, grade a: the booster also fit well after raising the head restraint. the buckle stalks are short but stable, and they don't sink into the upholstery, making them easier for kids to grasp and use.
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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