The Roomiest Cars for Families in 2017

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Child Safety Accommodations

The federal government requires all new vehicles to come with built-in child safety seat hardware, known as Lower Anchors and Tether for Children (LATCH). LATCH anchors are generally found in the vehicle’s second row, and some three-row vehicles also offer a set of hardware in the back. It’s up to the vehicle manufacturers to decide how many sets of LATCH anchors to include, and where to locate them. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) website maps out the LATCH positions in new and late-model vehicles and rates them for ease of use.

If you have young children and you’re shopping for a new vehicle, experts recommend taking your child seats to the dealership with you and test them out in the vehicles you’re considering. If you want to see how they look without going to the dealership, many cars in our rankings have photos with car seats in them. This way you can see how backwards and forwards facing car seats fit in your new set of wheels. And, since life can be unpredictable, we’ll focus on vehicles that offer two or more full sets of LATCH hardware.

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