Wednesday, July 30, 2014

3 Across Installations: Which Car Seats Will Fit in a Honda Pilot?


When it comes to car safety, you can focus on driving safely and you can focus on choosing a safe car. However, if you have children, you also need to focus on choosing a safe car seat. This is one of a series of reviews and guides I'll write on how well some of the best car seats currently available in the United States fit (or don't fit) particular cars. I will also include information on puzzling combinations I've seen, in terms of which seats fit nicely (or not so nicely) with others in particular vehicles.

You know the basics of best practices in car seat safety: rear-face as long as possible (ideally until 4!), and then forward-face as long as possible (ideally until 8!), and then booster until a regular belt fits your child (which typically happens between 10 and 12).

However, for this information to be helpful, you need to know if a particular car seat will fit in your particular vehicle. Here are my experiences fitting a range of seats inside various years of the Honda Pilot. I'll periodically update each page as I try more seats in more positions.

You can access the complete 3 across guide for every vehicle here and the complete list of recommended seats here.

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Honda Pilot

Guaranteed 3 across installations:

2nd row - Diono Radian R120 / RXT (x3).

2nd row - Diono Radian R120 / RXT, Diono Radian R120 / RXT, Britax Frontier 90.

2nd row - Chicco NextFit, Chicco KeyFit 30, Chicco NextFit.

2nd row - Chicco NextFit, Chicco NextFit, Chicco KeyFit 30.

2nd row - Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 (x3).

2nd row - Britax Boulevard, Britax Parkway SGL, Britax Frontier 90.

2nd row - Britax Frontier 90, Britax Frontier 90, Britax Boulevard / Marathon.

2nd row - Diono Radian R120 / RXT, Graco Snugride 35, Britax Marathon / Boulevard.

2nd row - Graco Snugride 35, Britax Marathon / Boulevard, Britax Frontier 90.

2nd row - Graco Snugride 35, Britax Marathon / Boulevard, Evenflo Maestro.

2nd row - Graco Snugride 35, Britax Marathon / Boulevard, Graco Nautilus.

Tips and Tricks:

The current generation Pilot is 79 in wide and 191 in long, or 3 inches wider and longer than the previous generation. As a result, generally, any seat combination that works in the prior generation Pilot will also work in the current generation.

It is best to install an infant seat (e.g., the KeyFit 30) in the 2nd row right outboard seat instead of a convertible (e.g., the NextFit) when attempting 3 across if access to the 3rd row is required, as it will be easier to remove an infant seat from a base to provide 3rd row access than it will be to continually install and remove the convertible.

2006, 2007, 2008 Honda Pilot

Guaranteed 3 across installations:

2nd row - Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 (x3).

2nd row - Diono Radian R120 / RXT (x3).

2nd row - Britax Boulevard, Britax Parkway SGL, Britax Frontier 90.

2nd row - Britax Frontier 90, Britax Frontier 90, Britax Boulevard / Marathon.

2nd row - Diono Radian R120 / RXT, Graco Snugride 35, Britax Marathon / Boulevard.

2nd row - Graco Snugride 35, Britax Marathon / Boulevard, Britax Frontier 90.

2nd row - Graco Snugride 35, Britax Marathon / Boulevard, Evenflo Maestro.

2nd row - Graco Snugride 35, Britax Marathon / Boulevard, Graco Nautilus.

Tips and Tricks:

As with the current generation Pilot, it is best to install an infant seat (e.g., the KeyFit 30) in the 2nd row right outboard seat instead of a convertible (e.g., the NextFit) when attempting 3 across if access to the 3rd row is required, as it will be easier to remove an infant seat from a base to provide 3rd row access than it will be to continually install and remove the convertible.

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