How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2021 Hyundai Palisade?

Editor’s note: This Car Seat Check was written in August 2019 about the 2020 Hyundai Palisade. Little of substance has changed with this year’s model. See what’s new for 2020 or see the models compared

The verdict: Hyundai’s new-for-2020 people mover, the Palisade, seats seven or eight across three rows and is loaded with safety features and creature comforts. For this Car Seat Check, we tested a Palisade with second-row captain’s chairs and found a lot to like, with ample room and easy-access Latch anchors in the second and third rows.

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 2020 Hyundai Palisade.

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A Grade

  • Latch: In the second row, the two sets of anchors are exposed for easy access and connection.
  • Infant seat: The installation was easy, and our 5-foot, 6-inch-tall front passenger had plenty of legroom.
  • Rear-facing convertible: Again, Latch connection made the install easy, and the front passenger had ample legroom.
  • Forward-facing convertible: In the second row, the convertible fit well after we raised the head restraint. The two top tether anchors sit about a third of the way down the seatbacks; they’re easy to see and use.
  • Third-row Latch: In the third row, there is one set of lower Latch anchors, and they’re exposed and easy to use. The anchors straddle two seating positions (driver’s side and middle), however, so if a car seat is installed using them, the third row only has room for one other passenger. There are two top tether anchors about halfway down the seatbacks on the driver’s side and the middle position. They’re clearly marked and easy to use.
  • Third-row forward-facing convertible: The third-row head restraints don’t raise up or come out, but they’re small enough to not interfere with how the car seat rests on the seat. Latch and tether connection were easy.

B Grade

  • Booster: In the second row, the booster fit well after we raised the head restraint. The SUV’s short buckle stalks can sink into the upholstery, making them tough for kids to grasp.
  • Third-row access: The second-row seats move out of the way easily with the push of a button, but not when car seats are installed. The resulting opening is big enough for kids and small adults.
  • Third-row booster: Again, we had no problems with the third row’s head restraints, but the floppy buckles could prove challenging for kids to grasp and use independently.

 C Grade

  • None

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’s Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger, Jennifer Newman and Matt Schmitz are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon 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.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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