CARS.COM — Lexus’ smallest SUV comes in gas- and hybrid-powered trims in the NX 200t and NX 300h. Families with kids in forward-facing car seats or boosters will find enough room, but those with younger kids in rear-facing seats will feel the pinch. For this Car Seat Check, we tested the NX 300h.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- The two sets of lower Latch anchors sit less than an inch into the seat cushions and access is easy.
- After removing the head restraint, the forward-facing convertible fit well and was easy to install. We had no trouble connecting to the top tether anchor. The NX 300h’s two outboard top tether anchors are well-marked and midway down seatbacks under hinged plastic covers.
What We Don’t Like
- The middle seat’s top tether anchor and seat belt are in the ceiling. When in use, both reduce the driver’s already limited rear visibility due to the small rear window.
- Although the rear-facing infant seat went in without a problem, we had to move the seat forward significantly to fit it. Our 5-foot-8-inch tester’s knees were about a quarter-inch from touching the glove box.
- The rear-facing convertible installed easily and took up less legroom than the infant seat, but we still had to move the front passenger seat forward to accommodate it.
- The booster fits well, but the buckle stalks are embedded into the bottom cushion, making them difficult for kids to grasp and use independently.