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How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2023 Mazda CX-50?

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The verdict: Mazda’s CX-50 is an all-new compact SUV for 2023. It’s a little larger than the CX-5 in overall dimensions but has very similar legroom.  For this Car Seat Check, we found the SUV’s lower Latch anchors to be very easy to use, but a taller occupant might feel cramped sitting in front of a rear-facing car seat.

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 2023 Mazda CX-50.

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A Grade

  • Latch: The two sets of lower anchors sit under flip-off plastic covers for easy access and connection. Three top tether anchors are buried in fabric on the seatback. They’re clearly marked by an icon but the anchor itself requires digging in carpet to access.
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B Grade

  • Infant: This seat was easy to install, but we had to front the front passenger seat forward a bit to connect. Our 5-foot-6-inch front passenger had OK legroom; taller passengers will be uncomfortable.
  • Rear-facing convertible: As with the infant seat, the installation was problem-free and the front passenger had OK legroom.
  • Forward-facing convertible: Again, connecting to the lower anchors was easy and this seat fit well once we removed the head restraint. Connecting to the top tether anchor required some digging through seatback carpet, however.
  • Booster: After removing the head restraint, the booster fit well. The CX-50’s short buckle stalks will likely be difficult for kids to grasp and use independently, however.

C Grade

  • None
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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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