Slim car seat for middle seat/second row of a Toyota Highlander

S

Sarah

Guest
I'm looking to purchase a Toyota Highlander, probably a 2015-2018 year model. The configuration I want is my 5 year old in a 5 point harness seat in the middle seat of the 2nd row. Her brothers who sit on either side are older and don't need car seats. On occasion when we have friend ride with us we would need to be sure the seat next to the car seat would be able to move to allow the passenger to access the 3rd row seat. Does anyone else have experience with this particular vehicle with a 2nd row split bench seat?
 
ADS

ketchupqueen

CPST and ketchup snob
Staff member
Unfortunately, there's significant overlap between the center and passenger seatbelts in this model year range of this vehicle. I'm not sure you can securely install even a very narrow seat (like the Chicco Nextfit) there and still safely and comfortably seat someone on each side.
 

SafeDad

CPSDarren - Admin
Staff member
It is definitely worth a try, especially if the older siblings no longer need a booster seat. A seat like the Graco SlimFit 3 LX (Not the original SlimFit) has a chance to work and allow third row access, but will also be outgrown quicker than wider, taller models like a NextFit or Grow With You. Depending on the torso height and weight of your five year old, this may not be a very good value.



This is in a RAV4, but just to give you an idea- https://carseatblog.com/53035/narro...1-toyota-rav4-hybrid-prime-graco-slimfit3-lx/

As ketchupqueen mentioned, you may have issues with the seatbelt stalks, so be sure to get a free returns policy wherever you buy.

If she is mature enough to start using a booster, a narrow one may be an option as well.
 
S

Sarah

Guest
I decided to also consider an Acura mdx, Toyota 4runner, and Honda Pilot. Any additional thoughts regarding those cars as well?
 
S

Sarah

Guest
Oh, and also she still falls asleep in her car seat often so I feel more comfy with her being in a 5 point. She's 39 lbs and 44" if that helps. 5 years 4 months old.
 

SafeDad

CPSDarren - Admin
Staff member
My recollection is that the Pilot from those years might be a little more friendly to car seats in the middle row, but to be honest I would have to see the exact model year side by side to be certain.
 

Car-Seat.Org Facebook Group

Forum statistics

Threads
219,712
Messages
2,200,164
Members
13,460
Latest member
Newmom2023

You must read your carseat and vehicle owner’s manual and understand any relevant state laws. These are the rules you must follow to restrain your children safely. All opinions at Car-Seat.Org are those of the individual author for informational purposes only, and do not necessarily reflect any policy or position of Carseat Media LLC. Car-Seat.Org makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis. If you are unsure about information provided to you, please visit a local certified technician. Before posting or using our website you must read and agree to our TERMS.

Graco is a Proud Sponsor of Car-Seat.Org! Britax is a Proud Sponsor of Car-Seat.Org! Nuna Baby is a Proud Sponsor of Car-Seat.Org!

Please  Support Car-Seat.Org  with your purchases of infant, convertible, combination and boosters seats from our premier sponsors above.
Shop travel systems, strollers and baby gear from Britax, Chicco, Clek, Combi, Evenflo, First Years, Graco, Maxi-Cosi, Nuna, Safety 1st, Diono & more! ©2001-2022 Carseat Media LLC

Top