2020 was a tough yr, but it surely gave the Snyder household one thing really particular to understand. In November, we welcomed our second baby, Leokadia (or “Lola” in the event you favor) into our lives. In fact, as our giant son Wollie has already accomplished so many instances, Lola must be pressed into service as a test child for car reviews. So now her Maxi-Cosi Mico 30 toddler car seat will get put in subsequent to her brother’s front-facing Britax Frontier within the again seat of Autoblog‘s long-term 2020 Volvo S60 T8.
One of many issues I really like about Wollie’s Britax is that it’s tremendous simple to swap from car to car if you set up it utilizing a seatbelt — a helpful trait when, in regular instances, my job entails driving a number of vehicles in per week. As a result of bulk of a car seat, it may nonetheless be a problem to maneuver it into some vehicles, and placing it within the again seat of a small coupe generally is a bit like shifting a sofa up a flight of stairs (Pivot!). On this S60 sedan, although, I simply put it in headfirst, rotate it upright and plop it down.
Like I stated, I take advantage of the seatbelt to put in it, which, with this Britax, is less complicated than fussing with the decrease LATCH anchors. The tough half with a front-facing car seat is clipping the highest anchor behind the headrest, which is critical above a sure weight suggestion, and looks like observe even when pointless. These high anchors are coated by plastic items that clip into place. After pulling the duvet off, I needed to attain awkwardly across the headrest within the confines under the rear glass, and get the highest anchor clipped. Then, the duvet may be changed, however the identical confines make that tough as nicely, so that usually discovered itself in a door or seat pocket if the car seat wasn’t going to remain put in for lengthy.
As soon as put in, Wollie was all the time pleased behind the S60, and a passenger sitting in entrance of him might sit in a cushty place with out having to fret about getting kicked within the again. Wollie had room to climb in, flip round and hop in his seat with out my assist, which saves time when making an attempt to load up the car and get the household on the highway.
However, then, in November, got here the day once I needed to set up a car seat base on the opposite facet to accommodate Lola’s rear-facing Maxi-Cosi. For that, I used the decrease LATCH anchors. The lowers have plastic covers that merely flip upward, which suggests I didn’t should discover a long-term storage spot that I’d in the end overlook about. These bases are all the time a ache to tighten, however there’s sufficient room within the again seat for me to kneel on the bottom whereas I tighten the everliving hell out of the belt connecting the LATCH anchors.
Notice: Whereas all three rear seating positions have high anchors, solely the outboard seats have decrease anchors. If you wish to set up any seat within the center, you’ll have to make use of the seat belt.
Assured in my set up, it got here time to clip the precise seat in. Straight away, I might see issues weren’t going to be ultimate. I needed to transfer the driving force’s seat ahead. It wasn’t sufficient. I needed to transfer it ahead once more, and then once more to verify Lola’s seat wasn’t touching the again of mine. As soon as I acquired hers in, I sat within the entrance seat. For this 6-foot-tall driver, the place was uncomfortable. I’d have the ability to drive safely, however I felt as if I used to be curled across the steering wheel, with my knees excessive and my face nearer to the windshield than I’d like.
Ultimately, relatively than swap the seats, I left Lola behind the driving force’s seat and Wollie behind the passenger seat to provide him most area, as he was my solely passenger for about 95% of journeys. After we wanted to all journey collectively, we’d simply take my spouse’s car, however I left the spare base within the Volvo in case we would have liked it. I think the one time I really wanted to drive the Volvo in that compromised seating place was when my spouse acquired a flat tire, and I needed to scoop the household up and carry them dwelling. For a brief drive, it wasn’t as horrible as I’d anticipated, however there’s no approach I’d have pushed like that for greater than, say, an hour.
That’s to not say the Volvo is alone on this drawback. Most smaller-than-full-size automobiles would in all probability require me to sacrifice some consolation to drive in entrance of a rear-facing seat. Now I’ve acquired the subsequent couple years to determine precisely which vehicles these are.
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