How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2020 Nissan Maxima?
Editor’s note: This Car Seat Check was written in April 2019 about the 2019 Nissan Maxima. Little of substance has changed with this year’s model. See what’s new for 2020 or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.
Nissan updated its full-size Maxima sedan for 2019 with lightly refreshed exterior styling, an updated interior, and some new tech and safety features. We last performed a Car Seat Check on the model-year 2016 Maxima, and it got high scores. This new model follows suit thanks to easy-access Latch anchors and ample room for two car seats in its backseat.
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 2019 Nissan Maxima.
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- Latch: The two sets of lower anchors sit under pop-off plastic covers and are colored blue for good visibility; connection was easy. The three top tether anchors are also blue and easy to find and use; they sit on the rear shelf under hinged plastic covers.
- Infant: This seat was easy to install and had ample room. Our 5-foot, 6-inch-tall front passenger had lots of legroom.
- Rear-facing convertible: As with the infant seat, the rear-facing convertible went in without a problem and had plenty of room.
- Forward-facing convertible: This was another easy install, and after removing the head restraint, the forward convertible fit well.
- Booster: We again raised the head restraint to get a good fit for the booster. The Maxima’s stable buckles mean it should be easy for kids to grasp and use them independently.
Solid indicates an A grade for optimum ease of use and fit. So-So indicates B or C grades for one to two ease-of-use or fit issues. Skip It indicates D or F grades.
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 third row when available.
C: Marginal room plus one fit or connection issue. Difficult to access 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, 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.
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