The verdict: Infiniti’s largest SUV, the QX80, got redesigned for 2018, and for 2020 got a revised multimedia system, the next generation of the dual-screen InTouch multimedia system that Infiniti has used elsewhere in its lineup. The 2020 QX80’s legroom in the second and third rows is unchanged from 2019, and there’s plenty of room for car seats.
The large SUV seats seven with second-row captain’s chairs or eight with the available second-row bench seat; we tested a model with captain’s chairs. Previously, we tested a version with the bench seat.
Does it fit three car seats? No.
Take a look at how the Latch system and each car seat scored below in our Car Seat Check of the 2020 Infiniti QX80.
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- Latch: The two sets of anchors in the second-row captain’s chairs are exposed once the pop-off covers are removed; they’re easy to find and use. There are no lower anchors in the third row.
- Infant: Connection to the Latch anchors was easy, and our 5-foot, 6-inch-tall front passenger had a ton of legroom after the infant seat was installed.
- Rear-facing convertible: As with the infant seat, this seat went in easily and had plenty of room.
- Forward-facing convertible: In the second row, installation was easy with the lower anchors and the seat fit well after we raised the head restraint. There are three top tether anchors all the way down the SUV’s seatback; the outboard ones are marked but the middle one is hidden under a flap, knocking this seat’s score down a bit.
- Booster: In the second row, the booster fit well after we removed the head restraint. The buckle stalks sink into the upholstery, which could make them tough for kids to use independently.
- Third row forward-facing convertible: We removed the head restraint to situate the car seat flat against the seatback and used the seat belt to install it since there are no lower anchors. The third row has just one top tether anchor, and it’s positioned awkwardly in the lip of the cargo area. When it’s in use, the anchor cuts into cargo space. Connection is awkward because you have to remove the QX80’s cargo net and mat to access it.
- Third-row booster: After removing the QX80’s head restraint, the booster fit well. The buckle stalks are on floppy bases, however, making them tough for kids to use independently.
- Third-row access: The Infiniti QX80’s second-row seats tumble forward with ease, but the tall step-in height will be tough for smaller kids to manage independently. Also, the seats don’t tumble forward when car seats are installed. Climbing over the second row’s big console storage box to get to the third row is difficult, too.
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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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