How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2022 GMC Sierra?

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The verdict: GMC updated its Sierra 1500 pickup for 2022 with fresh styling, more off-road ability and an upgraded cabin. We tested a crew-cab Sierra 1500 in the Denali Ultimate trim and found its backseat easily accommodated three car seats thanks to no-nonsense lower anchors and ample legroom.

Does it fit three car seats? Yes.

Take a look at how the Latch system and each car seat scored below in our Car Seat Check of the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500. graphic

A Grade

  • Latch: There are two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard seats; they’re exposed for easy connection. The truck has three tether anchors behind the head restraints. To use the tether anchors, you’ll need to run the tether strap through the tether loop directly behind your car seat and then connect the strap to the tether anchor behind the head restraint next to your car seat. It can be confusing, so check the owner’s manual for more info.
  • Infant seat: This rear-facing car seat was easy to install and fit well. Our front passenger had plenty of legroom in front of it.
  • Rear-facing convertible seat: This car seat was also a breeze to install and again, legroom was not an issue.

2022 GMC Sierra 1500 | photo by Jennifer Geiger

B Grade

  • Forward-facing convertible seat: Connecting to the lower anchors was again easy, but the top tether setup can be a little tricky because of placement. After removing the head restraint, the convertible fit well in forward mode.
  • Booster: Once we removed the head restraint, our high-back booster seat fit well on the Sierra’s wide rear seats. The middle and passenger-side seats have tall, stable buckles, which should be easy for kids to grasp and use. The driver-side buckle is floppy and sinks into the cushion, making it difficult to find and use. (We install the booster on the driver’s side in our Car Seat Checks.)

2022 GMC Sierra 1500 | photo by Jennifer Geiger

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 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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