Finding a vehicle that suits your needs and the needs of your family can be a challenge, especially if you have several kids. For example, some parents may struggle to fit three child seats across the rear bench, but thankfully, the Chevy Trailblazer was recently identified as one vehicle that makes that exact task a little bit easier.
Per testing from Consumer Reports, the Chevy Trailblazer was highlighted as one of 33 vehicles well-suited to fit three child seats across the second-row bench seat. The Buick Envision was also part of the list. Child seat accommodation is part of the broader Consumer Reports vehicle testing, with the organization assessing vehicles by fitting a rear-facing-only infant seat in the center of the second-row bench, plus a forward-facing convertible seat and high-back belt positioning booster seat for the two outboard positions.
The test revealed which vehicles most easily fit three child seats across the rear bench, including the Chevy Trailblazer. In addition, the test revealed some important factors for buyers to consider when choosing their next vehicle. Seat width, for example, is obviously important for those that need to fit three child seats on the rear bench, but as Consumer Reports points out, larger vehicles do not necessarily offer wider seats, and as such, exterior dimensions alone should not be considered a critical determining factor.
Consumer Reports also states that flat seats without bolstering or contours may make it much easier to install child seats. Securely installing a child seat includes mounting it flush against the seatback and seat cushion, which means heavy bolstering or contours may make the task more difficult. With regard to seat mounting, hardware positioning is also important, especially with regard to the center seat hardware, while hardware that doesn’t overlap between the different seating positions may be helpful as well.
It’s recommended that customers bring their car seats with them to test fit while car shopping, while local car seat technicians and car seat inspection stations may also prove useful.
As a reminder, the Chevy Trailblazer is offered with two engine options, including the turbocharged 1.2L I3 LIH gasoline engine and turbocharged 1.3L I3 L3T gasoline engine. Under the skin is the GM VSS-F vehicle set, while production for the North American market takes place at the GM Bupyeong plant in South Korea.