Car Seat Compatibility Guide + Charts

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Parents tend to hyper-focus on car seats—and for good reason. It’s the one piece of baby gear that keeps your kiddo safe and secure in the car. At GoodBuy Gear, we’re just as committed to keeping your little outfitted safely, which is why we worked with our Gear Experts and GoodBuy Gurus to conduct extensive research on car seat compatibility. 

To give your little one a safe and stylish ride, check out this complete list of the best car seat brands, plus a comprehensive guide to the strollers each manufacturer’s infant car seats click right into.

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Jump to the brand of your car seat below to see what strollers it’s most compatible with. 

 

How To Check if a Car Seat Will Fit In Your Car 

The best way to check if a car seat is compatible with your vehicle is to try before you buy, says Child Passenger Safety Technician Jennifer Saxton. “Most retailers will allow you to bring the car seat out to your vehicle to install it and see if it fits, can be installed tightly and works for the dynamics of your family.” Here’s a quick run-down of what to look for during your test fit: 

  • Check for overhang: Many infant car seats require 80 percent of the car seat to sit on top of the vehicle seat. (Some require all; others do not specify.)
  • Assess the angle: Be sure you can achieve the proper angle according to the instructions and the angle indicator on the shell of the car seat or the one on the base. 
  • Give it a wiggle: Where you have routed the seat belt or LATCH strap (the two anchors built into all cars manufactured after 2002), the car seat should move less than one inch from side to side and back to front.
  • Consider access: If you want to install the car seat in the center, be sure you can easily remove the infant carrier from the base or remove baby from a rear-facing convertible seat. (Kids don’t sit forward-facing until well into their toddler years.)

Do All Car Seats Fit in Cars? 

All car seats sold in the United States must meet federal safety requirements, but that doesn’t mean all car seats sold fit in all cars. Studies suggest the angles of vehicle seats and child safety seats don’t align properly nearly 42 percent of the time. According to the NHTSA, it can be particularly difficult to install a car seat in pickup trucks, two-door vehicles or in cars with small rear seats, deep bucket seats, split bench seats or forward-anchored belts. 

Consult your car seat manual and your vehicle owner’s manual for more guidance—and always do a test installation before using the seat to make sure it fits properly. 

Car Seat and Stroller Compatibility Guide 

One of the big benefits of infant car seats is that you don’t have to take your little one out of their safety harness (and then put them back in!) at every stop you make. But you won’t always want to lug around a heavy car seat, either. Having a travel system or a stroller that’s compatible with your specific car seat can help take the load off. 

Here’s a comprehensive look at some of the best car seat brands and the strollers they’re compatible with. 

Britax Car Seats 

 Britax Boulevard ClickTight Convertible Car Seat, Circa

While Britax may not have the most extensive line of products, our gear experts say the car seats they do manufacture have been perfected for safety. And because a safe seat is one that’s installed correctly, you’ll love the patented “ClickTight” technology. Easy-to-read indicators guide you through an installation that’s as simple as buckling a seatbelt. 

Here is a list of strollers compatible with Britax car seats: 

Stroller Brand 

Stroller Model 

Compatibility 

Baby Jogger

City Mini 2

Adapter needed

Baby Jogger

City Select

Adapter needed

BOB Gear

All Terrain Pro

Adapter needed

Britax

B-Lively

No adapter needed

Britax

B-Clever

No adapter needed

Bugaboo

Donkey3

Adapter needed

Bugaboo

Fox 2

Adapter needed

Joovy

Caboose Ultralight Graphite

Adapter included

Joovy

Caboose S

Adapter needed

Joovy

Qool

Adapter needed

Joovy

Twin Roo+

Adapter needed

Maxi-Cosi

Lila

Adapter needed

Maxi-Cosi

Tayla

Adapter needed

Mockingbird

N/A

Adapter needed

Thule

Glide 2

Adapter needed

Thule

Urban Glide 2 Single/Double

Adapter needed

 

Our GBG Picks

 

Shop Britax Car Seats

 

UPPAbaby Car Seats 

UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat, 2021, Jake (Black)

UPPAbaby car seats are a great option, because the merino wool is naturally flame retardant. The luxe seats also click seamlessly into the brand’s strollers, no car seat adapters necessary (as long as you’re using it as a single stroller). You can also configure two infant car seats onto the stroller with adapters—great for parents of twins who need a double stroller. For added functionality, if you have older children, you can click in a bassinet for the baby and a regular stroller seat for the toddler at once. 

Here is a list of strollers compatible with UPPAbaby car seats: 

Stroller Brand 

Stroller Model 

Compatibility 

Joovy

Caboose Ultralight Graphite

Adapter included

Joovy

Twin Roo+

Adapter needed

Mima

Xari

Adapter needed

Mima

Xari Sport

Adapter needed

Mockingbird

N/A

Adapter needed

Thule

Glide 2

Adapter needed

Thule

Urban Glide 2 Single/Double

Adapter needed

UPPAbaby

Vista

No adapter needed

UPPAbaby

Cruz

No adapter needed

 

Our GBG Picks

 

Shop UPPAbaby car seats

 

Chicco Car Seats 

Chicco Keyfit 35 ClearTex Infant Car Seat

All of Chicco’s seats—both their infant seats and convertible seats—have great safety ratings. Plus, parents love that the seat fabric removes easily, so you can wash your child’s seat hassle-free. This is particularly great for any kids who tend to get car sick. 

Here is a list of car seats compatible with Chicco car seats

Stroller Brand 

Stroller Model 

Compatibility 

Baby Jogger

City Mini 2

Adapter needed

Baby Jogger

City Select

Adapter needed

BOB Gear

All Terrain Pro

Adapter needed

Bugaboo

B5

Adapter needed

Bugaboo

Donkey3

Adapter needed

Bugaboo

Fox 2

Adapter needed

Chicco

KeyFit

No adapter needed

Joovy

Caboose Ultralight Graphite

Adapter included

Joovy

Caboose S

Adapter needed

Joovy

Qool

Adapter needed

Joovy

Twin Roo+

Adapter needed

Maxi-Cosi

Lila

Adapter needed

Maxi-Cosi

Tayla

Adapter needed

Mockingbird

N/A

Adapter needed

Thule

Glide 2

Adapter needed

Thule

Urban Glide 2 Single/Double

Adapter needed

Thule

Sleek

Adapter needed

 

Our GBG Picks

 

Shop Chicco Car Seats

 

Peg Perego Car Seats

While all car seats manufactured in the US are safe, Peg Perego goes a step above by offering additional safety features in their car seats like the popular Peg Perego Primo Viaggio, an anti-rebound bar and load leg technology. These two items reduce movement in the event of a collision. (Most manufacturers offer one or the other.) The brand is also known for their sophisticated designs. The biggest limitation: The brand’s strollers are pricey, and their seats aren’t compatible with many strollers, even with car seat adapters. 

Here is a list of strollers compatible with Peg Perego car seats: 

Stroller Brand 

Stroller Model 

Compatibility 

Baby Jogger

City Mini 2

Adapter needed

Baby Jogger

City Select

Adapter needed

BOB Gear

All Terrain Pro

Adapter needed

Bugaboo

Fox 2

Adapter needed

Joovy

Caboose Ultralight Graphite

Adapter included

Joovy

Twin Roo+

Adapter needed

Thule

Glide 2

Adapter needed

Thule

Urban Glide 2 Single/Double

Adapter needed

 

Clek Car Seats 

Clek Foonf Convertible Car Seat, 2022, Pitch Black

Clek manufactures both infant and convertible car seats, but our gear experts say their convertible seats are particularly notable. The interior has a layer of steel that makes them virtually indestructible. Their infant seat has an important claim to fame, too, though. The seat can be installed via the LATCH system—no base needed. This makes it especially easy for use in cities where parents may take taxis and ride shares more often.

Here is a list of car seats compatible with Clek car seats: 

Stroller Brand 

Stroller Model 

Compatibility 

Baby Jogger

City Mini 2

Adapter needed

Bugaboo

Ant

Adapter needed

Bugaboo

B5

Adapter needed

Bugaboo

Donkey3

Adapter needed

Bugaboo

Lynx

Adapter needed

 

Our GBG Picks

 

Shop Clek Car Seats

 

Nuna Pipa Car Seats 

Nuna seats are undeniably expensive, but they have lots of bells and whistles, including a built-in privacy shade/sun shade and a rigid latch base for easy installation. The PIPA LITE is also the lightest traditional infant seat on the market—great for parents of multiple children who frequently tote the car seat from place to place. 

Here is a list of car seats compatible with Nuna PIPA car seats: 

Stroller Brand 

Stroller Model 

Compatability 

Baby Jogger

City Mini 2

Adapter needed

Baby Jogger

City Select

Adapter needed

Babyzen

Yoyo+

Adapter needed

Bugaboo

Ant

Adapter needed

Bugaboo

B5

Adapter needed

Bugaboo

Donkey3

Adapter needed

Bugaboo

Lynx

Adapter needed

Joovy

Caboose Ultralight Graphite

Adapter included

Joovy

Caboose S

Adapter needed

Joovy

Qool

Adapter needed

Mockingbird

N/A

Adapter needed

Nuna

All models

Adapters included/not needed

Thule

Glide 2

Adapter needed

Thule

Urban Glide 2 Single/Double

Adapter needed

Thule

Sleek

Adapter needed

 

Our GBG Picks

 

Shop Nuna Pipa Seats

 

Maxi-Cosi Car Seats 

Maxi-Cosi Pria Max 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat, 2021

Parents love Maxi-Cosi car seats, because most stroller manufacturers make Maxi-Cosi adapters. What’s more, the seats are relatively inexpensive, lightweight and easy to install. Overall, the fabrics are all very soft to ensure baby’s comfort, too. 

Here is a list of car seats compatible with Maxi-Cosi car seats: 

Stroller Brand 

Stroller Model 

Compatibility 

Baby Jogger

City Mini 2

Adapter needed

Baby Jogger

City Select

Adapter needed

Babyzen

Yoyo+

Adapter needed

Bugaboo

Ant

Adapter needed

Bugaboo

B5

Adapter needed

Bugaboo

Donkey3

Adapter needed

Bugaboo

Fox 2

Adapter needed

Bugaboo

Lynx

Adapter needed

Joovy

Caboose Ultralight Graphite

Adapter included

Joovy

Caboose S

Adapter needed

Joovy

Qool

Adapter needed

Joovy

Twin Roo+

Adapter needed

Maxi-Cosi

Lila

Adapter included

Maxi-Cosi

Tayla

Adapter included

Mockingbird

N/A

Adapter needed

Thule

Glide 2

Adapter needed

Thule

Urban Glide 2 Single/Double

Adapter needed

Thule

Sleek

Adapter needed

 

Our GBG Picks

 

Shop Maxi-Cosi Seats

 

Common Mistakes When Choosing Car Seats

As mentioned, all car seats sold in the United States—whether a budget-friendly brand like Graco or a splurge like Cybex—must meet rigorous safety standards, so any car seat you can purchase in the US is suitable for use. Here’s the catch though: Just because a car seat is safe, doesn’t mean it’s suitable for your car or your lifestyle.

With that in mind, here are some of the biggest mistakes people make when choosing car seats: 

  • Not reading the instruction manual that comes with the seat: These pamphlets are gold mines of information. They contain everything you need to know about the seat, including vital installation guidelines, any warnings to be aware of and specific usage instructions. 
  • Not reading the vehicle owner’s manual: Similarly, vehicle owner’s manuals include very specific information about installing car seats in that particular model of car. This information will equip you with the knowledge you need to know if your car seat is compatible with your vehicle. 
  • Not checking for recalls: Even a brand new product could end up being recalled for various reasons. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s website or the NHTSA’s handy tool. And once you have your car seat in hand, be sure to register it directly with the manufacturer, so you’ll be notified in case of a recall. Update your address on their website if you happen to move. 
  • Choosing the wrong type of car seat: Children should be rear-facing for as long as possible, as long as they’re within the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat's manufacturer. Cross-reference this often, especially as your child approaches those limits—kids grow quickly and unexpectedly. For more information, read our guide to when to change car seats

Tips for Installing a Car Seat Correctly 

When installing a car seat, reading the instructions—both for your car seat and your vehicle—is one of the most important first steps. Give yourself about an hour to read through the manual, and then try to install the car seat on your own. (Pro tip: Many parents find the LATCH system more intuitive than routing the seat belt, but choose whatever method suits your car and feels most comfortable to you.) Don’t forget to ensure the car seat is sufficiently on the vehicle's seat, is sitting at the right angle and is nice and snug. 

To give yourself peace of mind, reach out to a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician to verify the installation and set up was done correctly. There are even organizations like Tot Squad that allow you to make a virtual appointment, so you can do your safety check right from the comfort of your own home. 

Though all car seats are manufactured to meet strict safety guidelines, some models go above and beyond, offering additional safety features. When shopping, it’s also worth looking at conveniences, like car seat-stroller compatibility. Having a seat that clicks right into your stroller is a huge time-saver, especially for parents of multiple children. And forget the burden of carrying a heavy seat—you can’t put a price on the fact that you won’t have to wake your sleeping baby just to get out of the car. 

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