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2015 Nissan Rogue: Car Seat Check

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Redesigned for the 2014 model year, the Nissan Rogue now has a roomy backseat with 37.9 inches of legroom that makes it well-suited to hauling rear-facing child-safety seats or teens and adults. This compact SUV now has an available third row, which is best-suited for kids, but our tester didn’t have that option.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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What We Like

  • The 2015 Rogue has two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard seats. The anchors sit in the seat bight, where the back and bottom cushions meet, but they’re easy to access because the cushions move easily out of the way.
  • The rear-facing infant and convertible seats installed easily. All that rear legroom paid off because we didn’t need to move the front passenger seat forward to accommodate these car seats.
  • The forward-facing convertible also fit well, as did the high-back booster seat. Flat seat cushions and easy-to-access Latch anchors made it a breeze to install these seats.

What We Don’t

  • There are three tether anchors in the Rogue. Two of them are partway down  the outboard seatbacks, but the third is in the ceiling of the cargo area. When in use, the strap hinders the driver’s rear visibility.
  • The backseat’s seat belt buckles sink into the seat cushion when pushing the latch plate into the buckle. This makes it tough for kids to buckle up independently.

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 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-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.

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