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Best convertible car seat for small car

Updated on August 17, 2013

Are you looking for a good car seat for your small car?

Each state in the United States requires each vehicle with a child to have the child locked into a car seat. Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children ages three to 14 that were not in a car seat. By restricting a child in a car seat it can reduce fatalities of up to 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for those younger than four years old. It's really important to strap a child into a car seat since every car ride requires a child to be in a car seat no matter what. But what if you have a small car like a sedan or a coupe, or even a smaller SUV?

Searching for the best convertible car seat for small cars can be difficult, as most car seats tend to be bulky and heavy. Apparently, car seat manufacturers equate safety to bulkiness! So I set out to find car seats for small cars and that's not just based on what the manufacturer says but rather based on feedback from actual users - parents!

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Britax Marathon 70-G3 Convertible Car Seat, Onyx - #1 Bestselling Convertible car seat that also fits small cars

Here's what parents say:

"It's the first child seat I installed where I didn't have to use rolled up towels to achieve the correct level for rear-facing installation. I own a 2010 Dodge Quad Cab (4 door but small back seat compared to the Crew cab). "

"Fits well in my small car (ford focus)"

"Despite it being a bigger car seat, it actually fits BETTER in my small car (Mazda3) than the Cosco Scenera."

Britax Roundabout 55 Convertible Car Seat - Best car seat to use for extended rear facing

Here's what parents say:

"Relatively easy to install (in my Honda civic and Grandma's mini cooper) and not too bulky to fit in our relatively small cars."

"Fits well in my 2010 Toyota Corolla. Even fully reclined in the rear-facing position, the seat does not have to be all the way forward, leaving plenty of room for the front seat passenger."

"It is the easiest seat to install and it fits perfect in my TINY car (Toyota Yaris)."

Evenflo Tribute Five Convertible Car Seat - Affordable option perfect for as a second/spare car seat and for those on a budget

Here's what parents say:

"Small enough for a small car - we put it in the middle of the bach seat and it fits perfectly in our Corolla.

"Size is just perfect for our little 2-door Pontiac Sunfire."

Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat, Saturn
Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat, Saturn

Here's what parents say:

"Small enough for a small car - we put it in the middle of the bach seat and it fits perfectly in our Corolla.

"Size is just perfect for our little 2-door Pontiac Sunfire."

 

Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat - Great compact seat once your baby starts on forward-facing

Here's what parents say:

"I looked at this car seat in stores and compared it to the others. This one was very sturdy without being overly huge/ bulky."

"We tried it in both an SUV and a smaller coupe and found it fit easily in both vehicles.

"Fits great in my Ford Edge"

Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat, Garnet
Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat, Garnet

Here's what parents say:

"I looked at this car seat in stores and compared it to the others. This one was very sturdy without being overly huge/ bulky."

"We tried it in both an SUV and a smaller coupe and found it fit easily in both vehicles.

"Fits great in my Ford Edge"

 

Safety first Alpha Elite Convertible Car Seat - Great for smaller SUVs and CUVs

Here's what parents say:

"I have a decent sized vehicle, but also needed room for several children. I highly recommend this seat to anyone who needs the ability to put more than 1 carseat in their vehicle!"

"Not nearly as large as some of the alternatives - fits the back of our Subaru Forester."

These are some of the best choices of convertible car seats that can be used in a small car. As every parent needs to have a car seat available for their child, it is important to find those that will last a long time and offer the most comfort and the most durability for the money.

Have you found the small car seat you were looking for? - I'd love to hear from you!

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      Thanks for the information about the Best convertible car seat for small car

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      mary-humphrey 4 years ago

      having a toddler myself, I agree completely how important it is to make sure your baby is safe in a good car seat..I drive a tiny car and we put my son in the Safety 1st car seat you have listed... I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good car seat for their baby

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      nasph lm 4 years ago

      Those look really comfy! Great for the little one to drift off to sleep when you're driving.

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      tekaha 4 years ago

      wow lots of info for the parent shopping for a new car seat! great lens!