How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2018 Nissan Kicks?

Nissan’s lineup is full of SUVs, and the automaker’s newest — arguably — is also its tiniest. The 2018 Nissan Kicks’ diminutive size means it’s no surprise that it doesn’t get very high grades when it comes to car seats. The subcompact SUV’s lack of rear legroom and its inconsistent lower Latch anchors gave it small hope of getting A’s in our Car Seat Check.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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  • Latch, grade B: The two sets of anchors are mixed in terms of ease of use. The anchor on the outboard side is exposed, but it’s less so on the inboard side because of the seat angle. Also, the middle position’s seat belt strap covers the inboard anchor, making it more difficult to access. The three top tether anchors on the seatback are clearly marked and easy to access.
  • Forward-facing convertible, grade B: After removing the head restraint, the convertible fit well, but we had a little trouble connecting to the inboard Latch anchor.
  • Booster, grade B: After removing the head restraint, the booster fit well. The buckles are flush with the seat-bottom cushion, however, and the booster tends to ride over them. This will likely make it difficult for kids to buckle up independently.
  • Infant, grade C: After moving the front passenger seat up to accommodate the infant seat, our 5-foot, 6-inch front passenger had merely OK legroom; taller passengers will be uncomfortable. Accessing the outboard Latch anchor was easy, but connecting to the inboard anchor was more complicated.
  • Rear-facing convertible, grade C: As with the infant seat, we again had to move the front seat forward, and our front passenger had just OK legroom. We also experienced similar connection issues with the rear-facing convertible.

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Grading Scale

Solid indicates an A grade for optimum ease of use and fit. So-So indicates B or C grades for one to two ease-of-use or fit issues. Skip It indicates D or F grades.

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: One room, fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.

C: Marginal room plus one fit or connection issue. Difficult to access third row when available.

D: Insufficient room, plus multiple 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 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. Learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks.

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.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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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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