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Posted at 06:09 AM ET, 07/30/2013

2013 Chrysler 300: Car Seat Check


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Chrysler's largest car is classy and comfortable, and families looking for a sedan that easily accommodates three child-safety seats should add it to their shopping list. The 2013 Chrysler 300 has a roomy backseat and three sets of Latch anchors — one more set than most sedans offer — making it extra versatile when it comes to installing car seats.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Three

What We Like

The three top tether anchors on the rear shelf are under hinged plastic covers and were easy to use.

There was enough room for three child-safety seats in the second row.

The booster was easy to install; the bolstered seat cushions held it snuggly in place. The buckles are on stable bases, making them easy for kids to use.

We did not have to move the front-passenger seat forward to make room for our rear-facing infant seat. It was easy to install and had plenty of space.

What We Don't

We like that there's an extra set of Latch anchors, but we don't like their placement. They sit a quarter-inch into the seat bight behind stiff leather cushions, so access can be complicated. The middle set is practically on top of the seat belt buckle, blocking access.

There was enough room for the rear-facing convertible, but it was complicated to install because of the Latch anchor access.

Again, the Latch anchors made the forward-facing convertible seat tough to install. Also, the fixed head restraint pushed the car seat forward a bit, so it was tough to get it settled. The outboard head restraints are fixed; the middle one is removable.


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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: Plenty of room. One fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row.

C: Marginal room. Two fit or connection issues. Difficult to access third row.

D: Insufficient room. Two or more fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About Cars.com'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 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 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.

Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat.

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By Cars.com  |  06:09 AM ET, 07/30/2013

 
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