Rear-Facing Convertible Car Seat Fits Better On Side - 2015 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test
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2015 Hyundai Sonata: Rear-Facing Convertible Car Seat Fits Better On Side

July 8, 2015

2015 Hyundai Sonata

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.

2015 Hyundai Sonata

2015 Hyundai Sonata

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.

2015 Hyundai Sonata

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.

2015 Hyundai Sonata

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 7,908 miles

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