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Considering the mixed reviews of the Renegade elsewhere online, I am hoping there are a mix of members here. I was wondering if anyone on here has installed a car seat in the Renegade yet. I noticed the anchors for what look like front facing ones but I am more concerned about rear facing car seats. The wife shuttles the car most places anyway, figured I would ask for future reference. Thanks.
 

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Considering the mixed reviews of the Renegade elsewhere online, I am hoping there are a mix of members here. I was wondering if anyone on here has installed a car seat in the Renegade yet. I noticed the anchors for what look like front facing ones but I am more concerned about rear facing car seats. The wife shuttles the car most places anyway, figured I would ask for future reference. Thanks.
This was a hugely important issue for me. My daughter will be one in 2 weeks and we have never compromised on her car seat and safety gear.

We have a Britax Clicktight Boulevard car seat. Obviously at this age, she's still rear facing and likely still will be for at least another 16 months. The day my renegade was unloaded from delivery, I installed the car seat and found that it wasn't much of an issue in the renegade at all. It fits comfortably with very little compromise from both the baby and the passenger. I even find it easy to get in and out of the back seat behind the driver while carrying her and scooting over to her to put her in.

Luckily our seat has a number of recline options and is relatively compact for the protection it provides. Definitely take your car seat with you if you already have one. If you don't, but from a place like Buy Buy Baby that has a generous return policy so you know you're investing in a car seat you can either use or trade in if necessary.

If you'd like, I can throw some pics up later.
 

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That would be great! Thanks for the response, now all I have to do is find the car seat we feel comfortable with and we can hit the road anywhere when baby comes.
 

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I'm assuming you are referring to the LATCH system new cars have now? You can find car seats which utilize the feature in front and rear facing.

My wife and I bought the Graco Smart Seat all-in-one. It has good padding, it's adjustable, and the base allows you to simply turn the seat when she is ready. Also, you can buy multiple bases and leave them in the cars to make moving the seat simple.
 

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Well my main concern was how much room there was to fit a rear facing car seat. To me it looked like it risked hitting the back of the front seats. I realize now however how the LATCH system works exactly, and that there are car seats out their that have adjustable recline settings so I shouldn't have any issue. Thanks for the info
 

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I know this was months ago. But wanted to let you know. If you decide to extended rear face I would recommend the Diono Radian. It is one of the few (maybe only? ) carseat that allows the carseat to touch the seat in front of it. If that is a worry for you still. It's also nice in smaller cars because it's narrow. My daughter rear faced in a 2002 Liberty in it until she was 4. She's still in the same seat at 5, and should be able to stay five point harnessed in it for a few more years.

(we bought our Renegade last week. I have been reading this site since then, but signed up to post this. hah)
 

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I'll take a forward facing picture if you have one
Sorry, it's in the garage so best pictures as I can right now. We are using the Latch, but about to switch to seatbelt soon. She's almost to the weight where her weight plus car seat weight is too heavy for the Latch. So it's latched and then anchored in the back.

Love this seat, as you can see we still have plenty of room. It can also be rear faced. I had this rear faced in a 2002 Liberty and a 2003 Neon. She rear faced until she was 4.
 

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Sorry, it's in the garage so best pictures as I can right now. We are using the Latch, but about to switch to seatbelt soon. She's almost to the weight where her weight plus car seat weight is too heavy for the Latch. So it's latched and then anchored in the back.

Love this seat, as you can see we still have plenty of room. It can also be rear faced. I had this rear faced in a 2002 Liberty and a 2003 Neon. She rear faced until she was 4.
Thank you, can it also rear-face in the renegade without a problem?
 

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Per the diono their carseats can touch/brace the front. They don't have to, but can. We had it rear facing in a Liberty with no problems. I *think* it touched the front seat. But that's one of the reasons we bought that particular seat. It has steel in it, and has a ten year expiration. We *did* buy the angle adjuster for it when it was rear facing. I think those are 10-15 dollars? Again, it's a narrow seat which frees up room in the back.

If you can find one at a local store they will usually let you place it in your car to see how it fits. I ordered ours online when there was a sale. Or, if you don't have a Renegade yet...I don't see why the dealership wouldn't let you bring your carseat in to see how it fits. Seems silly if they wouldn't.

I just went out and measured from the back of the seat in the Liberty to the back of the front seat where we have it set. And then in the Renegade. I actually have an extra inch in the Renegade from where the Liberty's seat was set. And have room for the Passenger to still move their seat forward and be comfortable. So I don't think it'd be an issue?
 

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My daughter is almost five, but petite (about 38 pounds), so she's still in a forward-facing seat using the LATCH anchors. She's got plenty of room back there. I was impressed to see that the Renegade also LATCH attachments for all three rear seats. This is a rarity in my experience. Few vehicles have the anchors for the middle seat.
 

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My daughter is almost five, but petite (about 38 pounds), so she's still in a forward-facing seat using the LATCH anchors. She's got plenty of room back there. I was impressed to see that the Renegade also LATCH attachments for all three rear seats. This is a rarity in my experience. Few vehicles have the anchors for the middle seat.
I too was surprised by that. I do have to say they are up there as some of the easiest to access latch anchors.
 

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Per the diono their carseats can touch/brace the front. They don't have to, but can. We had it rear facing in a Liberty with no problems. I *think* it touched the front seat. But that's one of the reasons we bought that particular seat. It has steel in it, and has a ten year expiration. We *did* buy the angle adjuster for it when it was rear facing. I think those are 10-15 dollars? Again, it's a narrow seat which frees up room in the back.

If you can find one at a local store they will usually let you place it in your car to see how it fits. I ordered ours online when there was a sale. Or, if you don't have a Renegade yet...I don't see why the dealership wouldn't let you bring your carseat in to see how it fits. Seems silly if they wouldn't.

I just went out and measured from the back of the seat in the Liberty to the back of the front seat where we have it set. And then in the Renegade. I actually have an extra inch in the Renegade from where the Liberty's seat was set. And have room for the Passenger to still move their seat forward and be comfortable. So I don't think it'd be an issue?
Ok thanks for the info! and yeah I ordered my renegade a month ago, but found out it was ordered wrong so I re-ordered a new one this weekend, so I'll be waiting a long while before it comes in.
 

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Ok thanks for the info! and yeah I ordered my renegade a month ago, but found out it was ordered wrong so I re-ordered a new one this weekend, so I'll be waiting a long while before it comes in.
Oh man. That's hard. My purchase was kind of spur of the moment. My husband's Neon was about to die, his grandparents wanted to give us funds for a down payment on a car, we finished a refinance on a house...it all fell into place. So I bought a Jeep that was on the lot already. I'm impatient. I don't know if I could wait! (though obviously you get exactly what you want that way!).
 

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This has been interesting to read. My wife is due in February with our first so I figured anything with 4 doors would do better than my car.
 

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Oh man. That's hard. My purchase was kind of spur of the moment. My husband's Neon was about to die, his grandparents wanted to give us funds for a down payment on a car, we finished a refinance on a house...it all fell into place. So I bought a Jeep that was on the lot already. I'm impatient. I don't know if I could wait! (though obviously you get exactly what you want that way!).
It's great when things fall into place like that! Good for you! And normally I would just find something on the lot, but the renegade had a unique combination of available features that you can't get in any other car, and I found that no dealership near me had the car spec'd I wanted. There was one Jeep that was pretty close to what I wanted, so I test drove it, and loved the way the Jeep felt on the road. I'm okay with waiting because luckily I don't need a new car, it's just that my wife is due in June with our first, and I would like to have a 4 door car in addition to my 2 seater Nissan that I drive to work everyday, and I will easily have the Jeep by then.
 

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Way late to this thread, sorry. I have the Diono Radian and it doesn't fit rear facing for my 6 month old (fire dept check said it's too big for the smaller interior). Any tips on other types of seats that fit well? To make the Radian fit I had to move the front seat more then half way forward and have the back straight up, not doable for my husband who's over 6ft. Any tips are greatly appreciated!! Thanks!
 
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