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3 Across Installations: Which Car Seats Fit in a Honda Ridgeline?

The Honda Ridgeline is a dark horse. It’s a non-US-branded large pickup sold in the United States, but it’s more domestic than most vehicles in the country, having been assembled in Lincoln, Alabama since 2008. It competes with other giant pickups like the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra, and Dodge Ram, and is more reliable than most of them with the notable exception of the Tundra. In other words, if you’re going to buy a pickup for reliability, this is one of the few worth considering.

Because the Ridgeline is reliable, safe, and a rather good value due to its smaller name recognition in comparison to the other big pickup trucks, it’s become surprisingly popular among rural families with young children. As a result, as I did with the Tundra, I borrowed a few Ridgeline to see if they were as up to hauling 3 car seats across the back rows as they were to hauling bales of hay and blocks of concrete. The good news is that they were more than up to the task. Before getting into the details, however, let’s take a look at rear-facing, forward-facing, and other suggestions for keeping your kids safe in your Ridgeline.

For me, everything starts with rear-facing. To keep your infants, toddlers, and preschoolers as safe as possible, rear-face as long as possible (ideally until 4!). Once your children are too big to rear-face, you’ll then want to forward-face as long as possible (ideally until at least 6!), and then use a booster seat until a regular belt fits your child (which typically happens between 10 and 12). Even if you’re in a large vehicle, you’ll protect your children far more by properly restraining them than by skipping stages.

Now that’s out of the way, let’s take a look at what worked and what didn’t. The fact of the matter is that with a vehicle as large as the Ridgeline, you typically aren’t going to have any issues with 3 across car seat installations in terms of width; your main challenges will have to do with front-to-back room, which depends on your cabin sizes. That said, this is likely to be the most thorough 3 across car seat guide for the Honda Ridgeline on the Internet, and I’ll keep adding to it 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.


2017 Honda Ridgeline


Guaranteed 3 across installations: 

Clek Fllo (x3).

Clek Foonf (x3).

Diono Radian R120  (x3).

Diono Radian RXT (x3).

Diono Radian R100 (x3).

Chicco KeyFit 30 (x3).

Diono Rainier (x3).

Diono Pacifica (x3).

Diono Olympia (x3).

Combi Cocorro (x3).

Chicco KeyFit 30, Britax Pinnacle 90, Clek Foonf.

Clek Fllo, Britax Pinnacle 90, Chicco KeyFit 30.

Clek Foonf, Britax Frontier 90, Chicco KeyFit 30.

Clek Fllo, Britax Frontier 90, Chicco KeyFit 30.

Graco Size4Me 65 (x3).

Graco Contender (x3).

Tips and Tricks:

The second generation of the Honda Ridgeline is close to 79 inches wide and 210 inches long in all trim levels. What this means is that you’re going to be able to fit most anything in the second row as long as you have enough front-to-back space and are willing to use seat belts instead of LATCH for the installations.

2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Honda Ridgeline

Guaranteed 3 across installations: 

Clek Fllo (x3).

Clek Foonf (x3).

Diono Radian R120  (x3).

Diono Radian RXT (x3).

Diono Radian R100 (x3).

Chicco KeyFit 30 (x3).

Diono Rainier (x3).

Diono Pacifica (x3).

Diono Olympia (x3).

Combi Cocorro (x3).

Chicco KeyFit 30, Britax Pinnacle 90, Clek Foonf.

Clek Fllo, Britax Pinnacle 90, Chicco KeyFit 30.

Clek Foonf, Britax Frontier 90, Chicco KeyFit 30.

Clek Fllo, Britax Frontier 90, Chicco KeyFit 30.

Graco Size4Me 65 (x3).

Graco Contender (x3).

Tips and Tricks:

The initial generation of the Honda Ridgeline is close to 78 inches wide and roughly 207 inches long in all trim levels. As with the current generation Ridgeline, what this means is that you’re going to be able to fit most anything in the second row as long as you have enough front-to-back space and are willing to use seat belts instead of LATCH for the installations.

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