Deal Breaker for a New SUV or Crossover? (VIDEO)

Our week-long test drive with the 2013 Chevy Traverse is almost over but before they come take the vehicle away tomorrow, I wanted to highlight a specific feature. Not really a good feature but something car manufacturers need to address. Also, this is a feature parents need to pay attention to when vehicle shopping. The Baby Gizmo video today highlights a possible deal breaker for a family with multiple young kids looking for an SUV or crossover vehicle.

UPDATE: I stand corrected. Well, the CPS Tech that I asked stands corrected from what she told me yesterday! You cannot top tether at an angle with the Traverse. I knew it didn’t look right!! Everything else is the same with the video and this still proves to be a deal breaker for many families as you cannot put a forward-facing car seat with top tether in the 3rd row outboard positions.

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I greatly recommend the 2012 or 2013 Honda CRV for parents who want a compact SUV without a 3rd row. Love it! There are latch anchors across the backseat, so you can move baby around. There are 3 anchors for tether straps. One is on the inside roof for the middle seat, and the other two are located behind the back of seat Awesomeness! We only have one child. I also have a Britax car seat, and yes the tether strap is optional. So for parents who DON’T need a 3rd row, the CRV is superb. If you DO need… Read more »

So I’m kinda confused here. Forgive me if I sound like an idiot and feel free to correct me if I’m wrong… But I have a britax convertible car seat and from reading the instructions, it is my impression that the top tether is optional? If that is so, then it shouldn’t make much of a difference as far as a car’s third row…


I would never have thought to look for this while buying. Thank goodness my GMC Terrain has multiple anchor points since I have 2 kids in seats that need them! Deal breaker for this very cautious momma!!

Lisa Long

I agree with needing more tethers. I have a Mazda CX-7 and it comes with 2. I am not sure how many the CX-9 with a 3rd row has.

Yes, this is exactly my problem w/ so many cars, vans, etc. We have a VW Routan and we were moving seats around just this weekend for a trip and I was sooooo mad. I know my friend drives a Ford Explorer that has 3 tethers and they are on the ceiling, which I didn’t know existed. It’s also tough to find cars/vans/suvs with latch in all the seats as well. I feel this is something car manufacturers are not thinking of when designing! I’m honestly on the hunt now for a new car b/c of all the “small” issues… Read more »
Carole Ingram

I agree with that since I have three kids and plan on possible fourth! This car would not work for my family.