The Buick Envision is a new (in the US, at least) luxury crossover sold by the Buick division of General Motors. It competes with foreign and domestic 5-passenger luxury SUVs like the Lincoln MKX, Lincoln MKC, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Volvo XC60, BMW X3, Acura RDX, Lexus RX, Lexus NX, and Audi Q5 among families who don’t need a full time 3rd row but who are looking for safety, style, and high-end transportation.
When it comes to safety, the Envision delivers. It’s a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS for 2017, featuring good small overlap, moderate overlap, side, roof, head restraint, and frontal crash prevention scores, showing GM clearly did their homework when designing it.
Given its safe, sturdy, and stylish design, I became curious about which car seats would fit well across the back seat of the Envision. The good news was that you can definitely make 3 across work with several different seats; the bad news is that many of those seats cost a decent amount of money, since the back row is on the narrower end. So which seats worked and which seats didn’t? We’ll get to that in a second. First, let’s take a look at some best practice in car seat selection, orientation, and installation.
The safest configuration we know of when it comes to vehicle safety is rear-facing. I recommend rear-facing your children long past age 1, which is the legal requirement in most states, and going well into the preschool years (ideally until 4!), before forward-facing them in harnessed convertible or combination seats (ideally until 6, 7, or 8!). Once they outgrow their harnessed seats, it’s best to keep them restrained in high-back boosters until they’re physically and psychologically ready to use adult seat belt systems (which typically happens between 10 and 12). We want our little ones in the safest positions we know of for as long as possible to give them the greatest advantages in a collision.
Keeping these ideas in mind, I set to work to find which infant, convertible, combination, and booster seats would work best in 3 across combinations in the Envision. It’s my goal to make this list the most thorough on the Internet. If you find the list helpful when shopping for car seats, you can shop through my Amazon link below. I’ll add more seats as I test them over time.
You can access the complete 3 across guide for every vehicle here and the complete list of recommended seats here. The Canadian car seat guide is here. 3 across car seat images are courtesy of Wikipedia.
2016, 2017, 2018 Buick Envision
Guaranteed 3 across installations:
Clek Fllo (x3).
Clek Foonf (x3).
Diono Radian RXT (x3).
Diono Radian R120 (x3).
Diono Radian R100 (x3).
Chicco KeyFit 30 (x3).
Combi Coccoro (x3).
Tips and Tricks:
The current and only generation of the Buick Envision is 184 inches long and a scant 71 inches wide. What this means is that you’ll be able to fit narrow seats in 3 across setups all day long, but you’ll struggle to fit some (many) of the wider seats unless you’re only aiming for one or two seats installed at a time.
Given the relatively narrow width of the Envision, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of the seat belt system instead of the LATCH anchors to make the most of your available space. And given the shorter length of the Envision, if you’re going with a Radian, you’ll definitely want to pick up the angle adjuster for each Radian you buy; they’ll give you several inches of front-row space back for both the driver and front-row passenger.
If you find the information on car safety, recommended car seats, and car seat reviews on this car seat blog helpful, you can bookmark and shop through this Amazon link. Canadians can bookmark and shop through this link.