National Seat Check Saturday took place this past weekend, but if you missed it because it sounded suspiciously like a ska music festival (or for whatever reason), it’s not too late. The event, which wrapped up this year’s Child Passenger Safety Week, encourages parents to get their car seats inspected by a certified technician. Seeing that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children under 13 years old, it really doesn’t matter if it’s that day or not — just get it done, dude.
Cars.com makes this whole process a little easier by giving many of the cars it reviews a “Car Seat Check,” in which certified technicians install car seat and determine how difficult or easy the car makes the job. Each year, the site declares a Car Seat Check Honor Roll, and the most recent edition identifies 6 cars that you might want to consider if you’re in the market and still transporting a tiny person. Because nothing sucks more than looking at a self-installed car seat and wondering: “Is that how it’s supposed to go?”
1. 2017 Ford Escape
After receiving a B on the 2016 Car Seat Check, the Ford Escape studied up and made several changes to their interior, such as making those damn latch anchors easier to access. The booster seats were also praised for helping kids to buckle up independently, because do you have to do everything around here? The answer is yes, yes you do.
2. 2017 GMC Acadia
Car.com was reportedly shocked with the redesigned 2017 Acadia received As across the board. That’s because the new model was shrunken down more than 7 inches in length and 3 inches in width, downgrading it from a full-size SUV to a midsize one. But it still has 3 rows and retails starting at $29,995, so maybe good things do come in smaller packages. Just ask your kid.
3. 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The 2016 Sonata Hybrid is by far the most eco-friendly vehicle to make the honor roll, and it’s more fuel efficient than the 2015 model. You’re technically protecting your kid in 2 ways with this car — if you’re enough of an environmentalist, that is.
4. 2016 Jaguar XF
As much as this sounds like a cologne that 60 percent of the time, works every time, the XF is midsize luxury sedan that’s safe and has features that make “car-seat installation easy as pie, or maybe scones.” Oh Cars.com, you must have a dadbod, too.
5. 2016 Mini Clubman
The 2016 Mini Clubman is great for a parent who wants to stand out, but not because of their wild disregard for safety. With a starting price of $24,950, it’s basically the hipster of vehicles that would’ve made your mustache instantly ironic if it wasn’t for your other mini clubman singing in the backseat.
6. 2016 Toyota Rav4
Cars.com has spoken. Take that Kanye West!