2015 Infiniti QX70S: Car Seat Check

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Last year, Infiniti’s sporty two-row crossover dumped its FX prefix for a QX, and thus the FX37 became the QX70. Now, for the 2015 model year, the QX70 has dropped its low-selling 5.0-liter V-8 engine offering, opting instead just to go with the more popular 3.7-liter V-6.

We last tested the QX70 more than a year ago when it went by the different moniker, though some of our complaints about legroom, Latch anchors and tether anchors feel the same. Still, the luxury crossover’s letter grades generally went unchanged, and in the case of the rear-facing convertible seat even improved from a C to an A. Find out how well it made the grade below.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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What We Like

  • The rear seats recline, but don’t slide, and the head restraints are removable. There are two sets of Latch anchors in the outboard seats, accessible through slits in the seats.
  • Our rear-facing convertible seat installed with ease and didn’t require moving the front passenger seat forward to fit it.
  • The forward-facing convertible seat fit well once we removed the head restraint, likewise for our booster seat, which installed easily thanks to stable bases on the outboard seat belt buckles.
  • Our high-back booster seat fit well in the QX. The outboard seat belt buckles are on stable bases, which make it easier for young ones to buckle up independently.

What We Don’t

  • The Latch anchors are set deep — like 2 inches-deep — in the seat bight, while tether anchors are flush against the seatback and required multiple attempts to hook the tether connector to it.
  • Our infant seat required moving the front passenger seat forward to accommodate it and, while it left just enough legroom and knee room, space was tight.
  • Installing the forward-facing seat posed some difficulty due to the tether-anchor issue, and required several attempts to get the tether connector’s hook between the anchor and seatback.
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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: Plenty of room. One fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.

C: Marginal room. Two fit or connection issues. Difficult to access third row when available.

D: Insufficient room. Two or more fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About’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 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 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. To learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks, go here.

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. photos by Evan Sears

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Former Assistant Managing Editor-News Matt Schmitz is a veteran Chicago journalist indulging his curiosity for all things auto while helping to inform car shoppers. Email Matt Schmitz

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