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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, 2018 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.

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.

3 Across Installations: Which Car Seats Fit a Buick Envision?

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 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.

v09962p0012016, 2017 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).

Clek Fllo, Diono Radian / RXT, Diono Radian / RXT.

Clek Fllo, Chicco KeyFit 30, Diono Radian / RXT.

Chicco KeyFit 30Clek Fllo, Chicco KeyFit 30.

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.