Editor’s note: This Car Seat Check was written in October 2018 about the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban. Little of substance has changed with this year’s model. See what’s new for 2020 or see the models compared.
The verdict: If you have loads of people, lots of cargo and something to tow, only a full-size SUV will do. Chevrolet’s largest, the Suburban, has up to eight seats across three rows and ample room for car seats. We tested the 2019 Suburban RST; the Performance Package puts some muscle behind the SUV’s bad-boy looks. Our tester had seats for seven, with captain’s chairs in the second row and a third-row bench seat.
Does it fit three car seats? No
Take a look at how the Latch system and each car seat scored below in our Car Seat Check of the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban.
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- Latch: The two sets of lower anchors sit just within the seat bight, where the back and bottom cushions meet. Access and connection were easy, and they’re a silver color, so they’re very visible. There are two top tether anchors at the base of the seatback; they’re clearly marked and easy to use.
- Infant: There was plenty of room for this seat, and installation was easy.
- Rear-facing convertible: Again, we had no trouble installing this seat and room was ample.
- Third-row forward-facing convertible: The third row lacks lower Latch anchors, so we installed the convertible with a seat belt instead. The convertible fit well after we removed the head restraint. There are three top tether anchors at the base of the seatback, and connection was easy.
- Forward-facing convertible: The fixed head restraint pushes the car seat off of the seatback a bit, so it lost a grade. We routed our top tether strap around the fixed head restraint, and connection was easy. (If your tether strap is a one-strap setup, route it over the head restraint.)
- Booster: The fixed head restraint interfered less with how the booster fit, but the Suburban lost a grade for its floppy buckles, which could make it tough for kids to buckle up independently.
- Third-row access: The second row reclines but doesn’t slide. Despite this, the opening to the third row is still large. The chairs tumble out of the way in a two-step maneuver. The step-in is very tall, however.
- Third-row booster: After removing the head restraint, the booster fit well. The third row also has floppy buckles, however. Also of note: The middle seat’s buckle comes down from the ceiling and blocks the driver’s view when in use.
A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn’t impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.
B: One room, fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing the third row when available.
C: Marginal room plus one fit or connection issue. Difficult to access the third row when available.
D: Insufficient room, plus multiple fit or connection issues.
F: Does not fit or is unsafe.
About Cars.com’s Car Seat Checks
Editors Jennifer Geiger, Jennifer Newman and Matt Schmitz are certified child safety seat installation technicians.
For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a shorter passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver’s seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.
We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row’s middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there’s a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. Learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks.
Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.
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