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2016 Infiniti QX60: Car Seat Check

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CARS.COM — Infiniti’s three-row SUV gets an update for 2016 and the QX60’s subtle styling tweaks give it even more of a fluid, refined look. Inside, parents will likely be impressed by both the SUV’s upscale appointments and child-safety seat accommodations — especially in the second row. The passenger-side portion of the bench seat is designed to slide and tilt forward with a forward-facing child-safety seat installed, creating a clear walkway to the third row.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

What We Like

  • The second row’s two sets of Latch anchors sit just within the seat bight, where the back and bottom cushions meet, and were easy to access and use, as were the three top tether anchors found midway down the seatbacks.
  • In the second row, the forward-facing convertible fit well and went in easily after removing the head restraint. In the third row, we used the seat belt to install it and it also fit well after removing the head restraint.
  • In rear-facing mode, the convertible was easy to install and the front passenger had ample legroom.
  • The infant seat was another easy installation. Although we moved the front passenger seat up a bit to accommodate the seat, our 5-foot-6-inch tester was still comfortable.
  • In both the second and third rows, the booster fit well after removing the head restraints. The buckles are on stable stalks, making them easier for kids to grasp and use.
  • Third row access is good; the second-row seats collapse and slide easily, creating a fairly large walkway to the third row. On the passenger side, the seat also tilts so a forward-facing car seat can remain installed.

What We Don’t

  • There are no lower Latch anchors in the third row, but there is one top tether anchor on the passenger side.
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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 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. 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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News Editor Jennifer Geiger joined the automotive industry in 2003, much to the delight of her Corvette-obsessed dad. Jennifer is an expert reviewer, certified car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats — many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer Geiger

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