The verdict: Jeep’s 2019 Grand Cherokee has something huge going for it when it comes to car seats: its size. In our test, the five-seat SUV’s backseat had ample room for three car seats, and our front passenger had plenty of legroom; its lower Latch and top tether anchors, however, need work. For this Car Seat Check, we tested the Limited X model.
Does it fit three car seats? Yes
Take a look at how the Latch system and each car seat scored below in our Car Seat Check of the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
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- Latch: The two sets of lower anchors are recessed into the seat bight, where the back and bottom cushions meet, requiring a little effort to use. Three top tether anchors are hidden under a seatback carpet flap, which could make them tough to find and use.
- Booster: The booster fit well, and the SUV’s fixed head restraint didn’t prevent it from sitting flush against the seatback, although this could be a problem with other types of boosters. The Grand Cherokee’s short buckle stalks could be tough for kids to grasp and use independently.
- Rear-facing convertible: We struggled to connect to the lower anchors, but the 5-foot, 6-inch-tall front passenger had plenty of room.
- Infant: Again, connecting to Latch required extra effort, but our front passenger had plenty of legroom.
- Forward-facing convertible: The fixed head restraint didn’t prevent the convertible from sitting flush against the seatback, although this could be a problem with other types of child seats. Again, however, we struggled to connect to the lower anchors. The convertible was downgraded an additional grade because the three top tether anchors are hidden under seatback carpet flaps. Also, the top tether signage is not near the actual anchors, making them tougher to find.
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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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