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2014 Lexus RX 450h: Car Seat Check

Lexus midsize crossover is one of the best-selling luxury vehicles on the market. The popular 2014 RX is available in regular RX 350 and hybrid RX 450h trims. For this Car Seat Check, we tested the five-passenger RX 450h.

Although the second row slides and reclines for passenger comfort, difficult-to-access Latch anchors mean installing child-safety seats isn t easy.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

There are three tether anchors in the middle of the seatbacks; they re easy to use.

It was easy to install the forward-facing convertible, and it fit well on the rear seat.

We didn t need to remove the head restraint to install the booster seat; the outboard seat belt buckles are on stable bases, so kids should have no trouble grasping the buckle. Parents should note that the middle seat s buckle is floppy and will likely be hard for kids to use.

What We Don t

There are two sets of Latch anchors in the outboard seats; they re buried into the seat bight and the seat belt strap blocks access to the inboard anchor, making it difficult to connect. Although the seatback reclines, this didn t help expose the anchors.

We had to move the front passenger seat forward to accommodate the rear-facing infant seat; taller passengers will need more space to be comfortable.

Although we didn t need to move the front passenger seat forward to fit the rear-facing convertible, the installation was complicated by the hard-to-access inboard latch anchor.

Grading Scale

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: Plenty of room. One fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.

C: Marginal room. Two fit or connection issues. Difficult to access third row when available.

D: Insufficient room. Two or more fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About Cars.com s Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 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. To learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks, go here .

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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