2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: Child Safety Seat Fitment Test
June 27, 2011
A while back on another TSX Sport Wagon post I saw a comment asking about how well child safety seats fit. Presumably, the commenter was wondering how well the TSX might work out as a family wagon. Well, I live to serve. I dragged out my collection of kiddie seats over the weekend and strapped them in. Acura versus Britax. Read on.
First up was a Britax Companion reverse-facing seat. If you're unfamiliar with safety seats, these are the ones used for infants, and they're typically the hardest to install because they take up so much legroom. The TSX fared adequately. I first tried the safety seat behind the driver seat that was positioned for me (I'm 5-foot 10-inches). I had to move the driver seat forward a few inches to get the seat installed.
But once the safety seat was locked in, I could move the driver seat back close to its original position, but not my ideal. From the passenger side, things will obviously be just fine as long as you don't have a front passenger. And even if you do, adults fewer than 6 feet tall should still be adequately comfortable.
One thing I do like about the TSX is the cut-out slits for the LATCH anchors. This makes it a lot easier to locate them and then install the buckles.
Next was a Britax Marathon reversible seat. I tried it in a forward-facing position. The TSX had two things going for it: removable rear headrests and not too much bolstering on the seat cushion. Headrests can interfere with getting the safety seat snug against the seatback, while bolstering can interfere with having it sit flush on the bottom. I had to use a towel to help get the right angle on the bottom, but otherwise this went fine, including the LATCH anchors and the tether anchor in the cargo area.
Finally, I threw in a Recaro Vivo booster seat. As long as you can remove the headrest, there's usually no problem putting in a safety seat like this. The only thing I don't really like is the way the TSX's seatbelt buckles are somewhat buried in the seat. They are hard to grab a hold of when you're reaching around the booster seat trying to strap your kid in.
Well, there you have it. Overall, the TSX seems like it'll do fine as a family vehicle from a safety seat standpoint. But I'll really be putting our TSX Sport Wagon to the test in a couple days as I'll be loading my family for a Fourth of July road trip.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 8,639 miles