2015 Hyundai Sonata: Rear-Facing Convertible Car Seat Fits Better On Side
July 8, 2015
Previously, I installed my daughter's rear-facing convertible car seat in the rear center position of our 2015 Hyundai Sonata. It worked out OK, but I had to use the seatbelt to install the seat rather than the LATCH connectors, and my extra-wide First Years True Fit C680 SI car seat blocked use of the rear passenger-side seatbelt.
This time I felt lazy and just wanted to use LATCH, so I put the seat in the rear passenger-side position. Surprisingly, there was still plenty of legroom for a 5'10 tall passenger to ride up front.
This was a much quicker and easier install for two reasons. First, the 2015 Sonata has an excellent LATCH setup. The covers over the lower anchor points are spring-hinged. Press on them with the car seat's connectors and they automatically open at exactly the right angle for the connectors to grab the metal bars.
Second, the seat-bottom cushions in the rear outboard positions are covered with more cloth than the center position (which I think is all leatherette), so the seat doesn't slide around as much during the installation process. I used a pool noodle to get a slightly better angle, but could have gone without it because the level on the seat was in the green zone (green = OK) either way.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 7,908 miles