Cars.com Conducts Child Seat Test On Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X

OCT 12 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 11

How does the Tesla Model X stack up when it comes to using car seats?

The Tesla Model X is one of few options for big families hoping to go all-electric. As those families are working to make their final decision, information related to how many car seats can fit in the vehicle, ease of installation, and overall impressions are quite important. Cars.com has completed its detailed car seat test on the Tesla crossover. Let’s have a look at what the publication discovered.

First of all, Cars says you can fit two car seats in the second row of the Model X, as well as two in the available third row. Overall, the test revealed that the Model X is a “mixed bag” as far as installing car seats is concerned. However, there’s a bit of a caveat to that statement.

Installing car seats in the second row proved easy. The Latch anchors were easy to access and use. On the other hand, third-row car-seat installation wasn’t as issue free, but it’s important to note that Cars pointed out its appreciation for the fact that the Model X even has third-row anchors in the first place. While they may not be the easiest to access, many three-row vehicles don’t offer them in the first place.

The test results are as follows:

Solid

  • Infant seat, grade A: This seat was easy to install, and our 5-foot-6-inch-tall front passenger had ample room.
  • Rear-facing convertible, grade A: Another easy install. This seat and our front passenger also had plenty of room.
  • Booster, grade A: In the second row, the fixed head restraint didn’t affect how the booster sat on the seat. Also, the Model X’s stable buckles will make it easier for kids to buckle up independently.

So-So

  • Latch, grade B: In the second row, two sets of anchors sit just within the seat bight, where the back and bottom cushions meet; connection was easy. There are three tether anchors, but they’re buried in carpet and you have to fish around for them to make connection.
  • Forward-facing convertible, grade B: In the second row, the fixed head restraint didn’t interfere with how the car seat fit on the seat. It was easy to connect to the lower Latch anchors, but we had to dig in the seatback carpet to connect to the top tether anchor.
  • Third-row access, grade C: The opening to the third row is small, and the step-in height is tall. What’s worse, the gullwing doors don’t open high enough, so banging your head is inevitable.
  • Third-row Latch, grade C: The two sets of anchors in the third row are deep-set and the upholstery is stiff, complicating access. There are two top tether anchors clearly marked, but they’re also buried in the seatback’s carpet, making it a chore to connect.
  • Third-row forward-facing car seat, grade C: The fixed head restraint didn’t push the car seat off the seatback, but the install wasn’t easy due to buried Latch and tether anchors.
  • Third-row booster, grade B: Again, the fixed head restraint wasn’t an issue with fit, but the buckles are on arms that fold into the seat. Also, the buckle button is black instead of black and red, which decreases visibility. Both of these issues make it hard for kids to buckle up independently.

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  • None

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 Cars.com grading scale and methodology.

Source: Cars.com

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11 Comments on "Cars.com Conducts Child Seat Test On Tesla Model X"

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Joel B

As much as I’d like to get a Model X as a family hauler, it’s the price I can’t justify. Up here in Canada, I’d be looking at least $100,000 CAD. Such a shame, because I think one really would make a decent family vehicle. I hope at some point in the (distant) future, Tesla makes an electric minivan. So far the only competitors out there are the Chrysler Pacifica plug in hybrid, and Volkswagen’s ID Buzz (not out yet).

Joe Martin

I’m hopeful that the second gen Model X will cost sognificantly less. This is the EV segment with the most competition, and I suspect Tesla will take advantage of their decreased manufacturing costs by lowering the base MSRP. They also need to drop the option prices, charging $6,000 to upgrade from a 5-seat to a 6-seat interior is obscene. I consider the Model X minivan as it checks those boxes (three rows and doors that your kids can’t open into other cars or poles, and doors that prevent them from hurting themselves).

Taylor Marks

The pricing for the 6-seat interior is insane – they must have changed that at some point. I remember it used to be that going from 5 seats to 6 seats was a $3000 increase, and then from 6 seats to 7 was a further $1000 increase (so $4000 to go from 5 to 7.)

Now they’ve dropped the price for the 7 seat configuration (only $3000 increase to go from 5 to 7) and massively jacked the price for 6 seats, to $6000 to go from 5 to 6, which means they’ll actually drop the price by $3000 if you want to increase from 6 to 7. You literally pay less to get more.

Joel B

That is insane!

Joel B

I think of the Model X as a minivan as well for that exact same reason – the doors that, when operated by children, won’t smack the car next to them.

Spoonman.

The Pacifica Hybrid is fantastic for this application. We’ve had our three + two cousins in the back rows with no problem at all, and it can do three kids and four adults reasonably well too.

SitterCat

Probably not a minivan, but Model Y is in the works!

ModernMarvelFan

“our 5-foot-6-inch-tall front passenger had ample room.”

I am not that tall, but isn’t 5’6″ on the shorter side?

Model X appears to be large on the outside, but its interior isn’t really spacious. Anyone that is 5’9″ or taller would rub their head with the ceiling in the center seat of the 2nd row or having problem fitting legs in the 3rd row.

Front row is great though. But then again, it is front row of an large “CUV”…

ModernMarvelFan

“What’s worse, the gullwing doors don’t open high enough, so banging your head is inevitable.”

Really? So, all that so called “advantage” is just BS?

I imagine there should be FW update for that. =)

Recoil

The only time the Falcon wing door don’t open high enough is when something is blocking them. Otherwise they are around 8 feet in the air so unless you are one of the tallest people alive you will not be hitting your head on them.

Pushmi-Pullyu

“…the gullwing doors don’t open high enough, so banging your head is inevitable.”

Good grief. I didn’t have to bang my head while climbing into the rear of our Chrysler minivan more than a couple of times before I learned to duck.

Maybe this person should try that. 🙄

And it never occurred to me to suggest that was poor design. It still doesn’t. There’s no good reason for family cars to have enough ceiling height for the average person to stand fully upright.