Conducts Car Seat Test On Tesla Model 3

SEP 2 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 9 says despite the Tesla Model 3’s “dazzling design and technological wizardry,” it’s ordinary as far as car seats are concerned.

We should be clear here that the word “ordinary” is not used to say that the Tesla Model 3 is a bad choice for car seats. In fact, is simply saying that the car is “normal,” much like many other family sedans when it comes to car seat tests.

According to testing, the Model 3 fits two car seats in the second row. A previous video that we shared shows a family with three children in car seats in the second row (above). This really comes down to what brand and size the seats are. Like many vehicles of this size, you’ll likely be able to get three seats in the Tesla, so it’s up to you. However, we’d feel much safer going with Cars’ recommendation of two car seats since the publication has years of experience with testing.

The test results are as follows:


  • Rear-facing convertible, grade A: This seat had ample room and it was easier to connect to the Latch anchors with the convertible’s chunkier connectors than it was with the infant seat’s thin, hooklike connectors.


  • Latch, grade B: The two sets of lower anchors aren’t set too deeply into the seat bight, but the upholstery is stiff so accessing the anchor required a bit of muscle to connect when installing the infant seat with its skinnier, hooklike connectors. With the convertible seat’s thicker, more rigid connectors, it wasn’t a problem. The three tethers on the rear shelf are clearly marked for easy connection.
  • Infant, grade B: This seat had ample room, but we needed to use a bit of muscle to connect to the Latch anchors.
    Forward-facing convertible, grade B: This seat installed easily, but the fixed head restraint pushed the car seat forward on the seatback, which is not ideal. It should be flush against the seatback.
  • Booster, grade B: The fixed head restraint didn’t interfere with how the booster fit on the seat. The buckles are flush with the seat-bottom cushion, however, which could make them tough for kids to find and use.

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These car seat tests are performed using a Graco TurboBooster seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat, and a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat. Follow the link below for more information related to the grading scale and methodology.



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Who needs children or other passengers in the car? In California, Tesla gets unlimited HOV access as an electric vehicle, only a driver is needed.

Nope. Minivan or full size for those lil F,ers

I’d be more interested in knowing how many Golden Retrievers can fit comfortably. And do the rear windows go down far enough for some nose in the breeze action?

Good questions! We’ll see what we can find. I have the same questions when it comes to cars. Rottie, Pittie, and a little mutt need lots of car space.

This is the real question!

Will fir your dog in Model3?

Thanks for that video. I wish they had let Zinia enter/exit through the rear door and sit on the seat in its normal position. That’s how our dog travels, hooked into a safety harness for highway trips. But the video did show that a large dog car fit its head through the relatively narrow rear window opening.

” A previous video that we shared shows a family with three children in car seats in the second row (above).”

Well, that isn’t technically correct. It will fit 3 children with one in booster. But it will NOT fit 3 “car seat”. Some of the high back booster are narrow enough to allow potentially 3 of them to fit. But for most families who have 3 children across 3 different age groups, the chance of fitting an infant seat, a child seat and high back booster seat with harness is ZERO.

That is one big negative against the Model 3. Model S is much superior in that aspect. Then again, fitting 3 child seat in most midsize sedan would be questionable. Large/full size sedan would be able to do that.

The easiest way to check for fit is to check on the hip room and shoulder room of the 2nd room and see if the number would fit 3 seats across.

Hi – Can 2 average size adults fit in the back seat with a rear-facing infant car seat?