2012 Chevrolet Tahoe: Car Seat Check

Posted on 24. Apr, 2012 by in Auto News

Talk about a family car. The 2012 Chevy Tahoe fit up to nine passengers in three rows of seats. This is more passenger-hauling capability than any new minivan on the market. Of course, we are looking for child safety seats and how well they fit into this SUV. Our test Tahoe had. Seating for seven with captain chairs in the first and second rows and a standard three-seat bench in the third row

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant seat safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back seat turbocharger.

The front seats are adjusted to a comfortable position for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The three child seats installed in the second row. The child seat installed sitting behind the driver's seat, and the infant seat and convertible seats behind the passenger seat. We install the car seat in the second row of the middle seat with the booster and convertible in the outboard seats to see if three car seats fit. If there's a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible.

Here's how the 2012 Tahoe has in Cars.com 's Car Seat Check:

Latch system: Even if the Tahoe has seven seats, it has only two sets of the lower latch anchors which are in the second row captain chairs. The good news is the Latch anchors are easy to operate and easily visible. The Tahoe has three tether anchor, two at the base of the master chairs, and the third is at the base of the third row.

Booster seat: Our high-back booster seat fit well in the second and third row of seats. In both series, the buckles could try problems for kids, buckle up independently present. The caps in the second and third row are floppy and when not in use, they nest in a recess in the bottom cushion.

In the third row (photo above), holds the 50/50-split folding bench seat three passengers, but in our test was only two car seats.

Convertible seat: The forward and reverse convertible fit well in the second row of the Tahoe. Although the captain chairs recline, they do not slide back and forth. Even without this feature, there was plenty of room for the rear-facing convertible. In the third series, we installed the front-facing convertible with a seat belt and the top tether anchor. The convertible fit easily in the third row, but it took a lot of real estate office.

Infant-safety seat: This rear-facing child seat fit well in the second row of the Tahoe.

Third row access: In our test car, the passengers of the third row are obtained by tumbling or a captain's chair with the walkway between the second-row seats.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

How many car seats fit in third row? Two

Editor's note: For three car seats – infant-safety seat, convertible and booster seats – to fit in a car, our criterion is that a child sitting in the booster seat must reach the buckle. Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat.