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Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 08/06/2013

2013 Land Rover LR4: Car Seat Check

Another model year, another Land Rover LR4 that can handle three child-safety seats across its second row. This five- or seven-seat SUV has been a mainstay on our list of cars that fit three car seats. If you opt for the three-row model, booster seats or forward-facing convertibles fit back there easily.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Three

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

What We Like

The two sets of lower Latch anchors in the second row — there are none in the third — sit out in the open and are easy to use.

In the second row, the booster and forward-facing convertible seats fit well; we were also able to get a good fit in the third row.

Third-row access is excellent, thanks to seats that tumble forward with the push of a button. This creates a sizable opening to the third row.

What We Don't

To fit the rear-facing infant and convertible in the second row, we had to move the front passenger seat forward. This left the tester's knees pushed into the glove box.

The second-row seat belt buckles are on stable bases, but they snap down into a well in the bottom seat cushion. This can be tricky for kids to manage on their own.

It took a while to find the third-row tether anchors, which are tucked under the rear lip of the cargo area. This difficult-to-find location could cause a lot of parents to mistakenly connect to a cargo-area hook.

Big paddlelike head restraints in the third row pushed our forward-facing convertible forward; the third-row seats are small, so this could be a problem for convertible car seats with large bases.


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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  |  02:04 PM ET, 08/06/2013

 
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