How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2021 Toyota Camry?

The verdict: Toyota’s mid-size sedan, the 2021 Camry, gets some minor updates for 2021, including a revised multimedia system and light styling tweaks. For this Car Seat Check, we tested the performance-tuned TRD model and found a lot to like about its roomy backseat and easy-access latch anchors.  

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 2021 Toyota Camry.

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A Grade

  • Latch: The two sets sit under plastic covers and are easy to find and use. Three top tether anchors are on the rear shelf; they’re clearly marked, but the sedan’s fixed head restraints complicate connection. 
  • Infant: Installing the infant seat was easy, and the 5-foot 6-inch front passenger had a comfortable amount of legroom. 
  • Rear-facing convertible: Again, the seat installed easily and the front passenger was comfortable. 

B Grade

  • Forward-facing convertible: Connecting to the lower anchors wasn’t a problem and the sedan’s fixed head restaurant didn’t interfere with situating the convertible flush against the seatback, but our convertible’s adjustable back was in its lowest position. Raising it to accommodate a taller child will likely be problematic because the fixed head restraint will prevent it from sitting flush against the seatback. The head restraint also interferes with top tether access and connection. The owner’s manual says the top tether strap should be routed over the head restraint before connection to the anchor. The TRD model has fixed head restraints, but other versions may not; make sure to check your vehicle’s owner’s manual as well as your car seat manual for installation specifics. 

 C Grade

  • Booster: The Camry TRD’s fixed head restraint pushes the booster’s back off of the seatback; it should sit flush. The buckles are on very short stalks flush with the seat bottom cushion, which will likely be tough for kids to grasp and use independently.   

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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