By Jennifer Newman on Mon Oct 31 21:53:00 GMT-06:00 2011
This Car Seat Check was originally published in March 2011 on MotherProof.com.
The 2011 Nissan Quest is another minivan that's undergone a redesign. The Quest's new look lops a few inches off its exterior length, and in the interior, the second- and third-row seats easily fold forward like a crossover to create a flat load floor. The Quest seats seven, with two captain's chairs in the second row and a three-seat bench in the third row.
For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.
The front seats are adjusted to a comfortable position for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver's seat, and the infant seat and convertible seats are installed behind the passenger seat. We also install the infant seat in the second row's middle seat with the booster and convertible in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit. In the third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible.
Here's how the 2011 Quest did in Cars.com's Car Seat Check:
Latch system: The Quest has two sets of lower Latch anchors in the second row's captain's chairs. These anchors are recessed in the seat bight, where the back and bottom cushions meet. The third row has one set of lower Latch anchors that's also buried in the seat bight.
The second row's two tether anchors are at the base of the captain's chairs, and the third row's two tether anchors are midway down the seatback. They're out in the open and easy to use.
Booster seat: In the captain's chair, the high-back booster fit snuggly in all directions. The seat belt buckle is recessed in the bottom cushion, which could make it difficult for some kids to use, but at least it's not floppy.
Convertible seat: We struggled to get the Roundabout convertible's rigid Latch connectors attached to the recessed Latch anchors in the captain's chairs. Reclining the seatback helped to open the seat bight and give us a little better access. Once connected, the forward- and rear-facing convertible fit well.
Infant-safety seat: Unlike the Roundabout, the Graco SnugRide infant-safety seat has traditional Latch connectors. That made it much easier to connect them to the Latch anchors. This rear-facing car seat also fit well in the second row, with plenty of room for it.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
How many car seats fit in third row? Two
Editor's note: For three car seats — infant-safety seat, convertible and booster seats — to fit in a car, our criterion is that a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Newman is a certified car-seat technician. A mom of two, she owns a 2013 Subaru Outback crammed with sports gear. Email Jennifer