There’s stiff new competition in the mid-size SUV class for 2019 thanks to the all-new Honda Passport and a redesigned Hyundai Santa Fe. Nissan is striving to keep up by making some revisions to its Murano. The mid-size SUV seats five, and we were able to safely and comfortably install three car seats across its backseat — but it wasn’t exactly pretty. We installed the infant car seat in the middle position using the seat belt, which comes down from the ceiling and impedes the driver’s view. Aside from that, the Murano got straight A’s across the board in our Car Seat Check.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Three
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- Latch, grade A: The two sets of lower anchors are exposed for easy access, and three top tether anchors are clearly marked and set high on the seatback for easy connectivity.
- Infant, grade A: This seat was easy to install, and the 5-foot, 6-inch-tall front passenger had ample legroom.
- Rear-facing convertible, grade A: Again, the seat went in easily and left ample room.
- Forward-facing convertible, grade A: After removing the head restraint, the seat fit well and went in without a problem.
- Booster, grade A: After again removing the head restraint, the booster fit well. The Murano’s stable buckles should make it easier for kids to buckle up independently.
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 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. 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.
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