Question Mazda CX5 - 3 Car Seats

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mama3

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we have a 2014 cx-5 and looking to fit one forward facing, one rear facing and one infant rear facing. We have a variety of seats currently including- diono 3r, chicco key fit, chicco my fit, graco extend to fit. of course aware we'll need to buy different ones to fit. any suggestions?
 
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SafeDad

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we have a 2014 cx-5 and looking to fit one forward facing, one rear facing and one infant rear facing. We have a variety of seats currently including- diono 3r, chicco key fit, chicco my fit, graco extend to fit. of course aware we'll need to buy different ones to fit. any suggestions?

I can't say for certain about the CX-5, sorry. I do know that most compact SUVs make it difficult to 3-across with an infant rear-facing only seat. Some are essentially impossible. The width at the handle often makes it impossible, and even if it does fit, the friction from adjacent seats may make it easier to inadvertently prevent the infant carrier from clicking into the base.

The best possibilities are to have two narrow seats for your older kids, one FF and one RF. The Graco SlimFit3 LX and True3Fit are among the nicer ones, but the Diono Radian and others are also similar in width. Then, depending on the vehicle, installing those two side-by-side will sometimes leave just enough room for something like your KeyFit on one side. In many vehicles, you have to try the infant seat on both the driver and passenger side, as the amount of space can vary a bit with a car seat in the middle.

Using a narrow convertible RF for the infant and using a travel vest for the older, forward-facing child are other options in small vehicles.
 

Brigala

CPST Instructor
Hi, Mama3.

I have a 2021 CX-5 and the only way I know of to get 3 “seats” in the back is to put a child with a Ride Safer Travel Vest in the center position. Now, your back seat may be slightly different from mine so perhaps a little different configuration would work, but according to the specs I can find online your back seat is slightly narrower.

I would try putting the Radian rear facing on the passenger side and the Keyfit rear facing on the driver’s side and see how much space you have left in between. That will help inform us whether what you’re trying to do is in the realm of even possible.

Take a look at this article as it has some good tips for how to squeeze that last little bit of space out of your car. Make sure you took carefully to see whether using the seat belt or the LATCH system buys you more space; usually the seat belt will allow an install closer to the door but not always.

Take some photos and get back to us with the ages/heights/weights of the kids and we’ll see what we can do to help further.

Good luck!!
 

Brigala

CPST Instructor
Clearly I thought I pasted that URL into my reply.

I am not very good at navigating this site on mobile…. Sorry!
 

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