Nissan's subcompact crossover may stand out for its out-of-the-box styling and peppy, maneuverable road manners, but it falls flat in terms of backseat space. The Nissan Juke has seating for five passengers, but we were barely able to fit two car seats in its tiny backseat. There was not enough room for our rear-facing car seats, so they scored poorly in the Car Seat Check.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- There are three top tether anchors midway down the seatback, and they're clearly marked for simple connection.
- After removing the head restraint so the forward-facing convertible's back sat flush against the seat, the convertible fit well. We gave it a B grade, however, because of Latch connection issues.
What We Don't
- The two sets of lower Latch anchors sit just inside the seat bight, but they're crowded by the seat belt buckles, complicating access. They are also set narrowly apart so the base of our convertible car seat blocked access to the anchors.
- We had to move the front passenger seat all the way forward and adjust the seatback to a more upright angle to make room for the rear-facing infant seat. Our passenger had to sit with her knees sideways and against the glove box. On the bright side, Latch connection was a bit easier with the infant seat's thinner, hooklike connectors.
- In rear-facing mode, the convertible also took up too much legroom. We had to move the front passenger seat all the way forward, but we were able to set it to a slightly less upright angle; our test passenger remained uncomfortable. This seat was also a challenge to install because of the Latch connection issues.
- After removing the head restraint so the booster's back sat flush against the seat, it fit well. The Juke's recessed buckles will be a challenge for kids to find and use, however.
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 Cars.com'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 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-6 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.