The verdict: Ford reimaged its full-size pickup truck for 2021 with loads of new safety and convenience features as well as an available hybrid powertrain. In the backseat, the F-150 still offers loads of space for three car seats, and its exposed Latch anchors made installing them a breeze, though caregivers will want to check out the owner’s manual for the correct way to use the truck’s top tether straps. We tested the F-150’s top trim level, the Limited, in a crew-cab (which Ford calls SuperCrew) configuration.
Does it fit three car seats? Yes
Take a look at how the Latch system and each car seat scored below in our Car Seat Check of the 2021 Ford F-150.
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- Latch: The F-150’s two sets of lower anchors are exposed for easy access and connection. The SuperCrew’s backseat has three top-tether loops behind the head restraints; they were easy to use once we looked up their location in the owner’s manual.
- Infant: This seat was easy to install, and our 5-foot-6-inch front passenger had plenty of legroom with the seat installed behind them.
- Rear-facing convertible: Again, this seat went in without any problems, and the front passenger again had ample legroom with the seat installed behind.
- Booster: After removing the head restraint, the booster fit well on the flat seat bottom and back cushions. Boosters should be installed in either the middle or the passenger-side spots of the F-150 because those buckles are rigid and sit high enough for kids to grasp and use independently. The buckle on the driver’s side is floppy and will likely be tough for kids to grasp and use without help.
- Forward-facing convertible: After removing the head restraint, the forward-facing convertible fit well. We had no issue using the lower anchors for installation, but we needed to check the owner’s manual to figure out the truck’s setup for top-tether anchors. SuperCrew models have three tether straps, one behind each head restraint. To connect, the car seat’s tether strap must be routed through the tether-anchor loop closest to the car seat and then connected to the tether anchor loop for the seating position next to it. This wasn’t complicated to do once we read about it in the owner’s manual, but caregivers installing car seats are unlikely to figure this out on their own, as the loops hidden behind the head restraints are unlabeled.
A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn’t impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.
B: One room, fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing the third row when available.
C: Marginal room plus one fit or connection issue. Difficult to access the third row when available.
D: Insufficient room, plus multiple fit or connection issues.
F: Does not fit or is unsafe.
About Cars.com’s Car Seat Checks
Editors Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman are certified child safety seat installation technicians.
For the Car Seat Check, we use a Chicco KeyFit 30 infant-safety seat, a Graco Contender 65 convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a shorter passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver’s seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.
We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row’s middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there’s a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. Learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks.
Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.
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