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How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2022 Hyundai Kona?

hyundai-kona-limited-2022-oem-02-angle--blue--dynamic--exterior--front-.jpg 2022 Hyundai Kona | Manufacturer image

The verdict: For 2022, Hyundai updated the Kona SUV with more dramatic exterior styling and a small increase in length; additional backseat and cargo space; and an updated multimedia system that adds larger screens. Although the backseat remains tiny, the extra room helped the Kona do better for seat accommodations compared with older versions of the subcompact SUV. It still didn’t secure any top scores, however.

Does it fit three car seats? No.

Take a look at how the Latch system and each car seat scored below in our Car Seat Check of the 2022 Hyundai Kona.

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A Grade

  • None

B Grade

  • Latch: The two sets of lower anchors sit just within the seat bight, where the back and bottom cushions meet. They required a bit of muscle to connect to the anchors, especially with our convertible car seat’s skinnier hooked connectors. Three top tether anchors are clearly marked a third of the way down the seatback; they were easy to find and use.
  • Forward-facing convertible: After raising the head restraint, the seat fit flush against the seatback. We needed to use a little muscle to connect to the lower anchors because of their placement in the seat bight. Connecting to the top tether anchor was easy; the strap fit through a pass-through beneath the raised head restraint.
  • Booster: We again raised the head restraint to situate the booster flat against the seatback. The buckles are on short stalks that slide into upholstery pockets, which could make them difficult for kids to grasp. Also, the middle buckle is floppy, making it more difficult for a child to use independently.

C Grade

  • Infant: Again, it required some muscle to connect this car seat to the Latch anchors. We also had to move the front passenger seat quite a bit forward to make room for our 5-foot-6-inch front passenger; with the seat installed in the row behind, her knees were almost grazing the glove box.
  • Rear-facing convertible: As with the infant seat, we struggled a bit to connect to the lower anchors. With the seat installed behind, the front passenger needed more legroom to be comfortable.

Grading Scale

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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