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How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2020 Nissan Pathfinder?

2020 Nissan Pathfinder

Editor’s note: This Car Seat Check was written in June about the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder. Little of substance has changed with the 2020 model. See what’s new for 2020 or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.

The verdict: Nissan’s 2019 Pathfinder SUV has seats for seven across three rows, and car seats fit well in just about every spot thanks to easy-access Latch anchors and ample room. There are no lower anchors in the third row, however.

Does it fit three car seats? No. We comfortably fit two car seats across the second-row bench and two car seats in the third row, but there is only one top tether anchor (on the passenger side) in the third row, so only one forward-facing car seat can be installed there.

Take a look at how the Latch system and each car seat scored below in our Car Seat Check of the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder.

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A Grade

  • Latch: In the second row, there are two sets of lower anchors and three easily identifiable top tether anchors midway down the seatbacks. Access and connection are easy. There are no Latch anchors in the third row and just one top tether anchor; it’s positioned toward the bottom of the seatback, but it’s well marked and easy to use.
  • Infant seat: The seat installed easily, with no need to move the front passenger seat forward.
  • Rear-facing convertible: The seat installed easily, with no need to move the front passenger seat forward.
  • Forward-facing convertible: In the second row, we were also able to install the convertible seat in the forward-facing position with ease. The seat fit well after raising the head restraint.
  • Third-row forward-facing convertible: The forward-facing convertible seat fit well in the third row when we installed it using the seat belt, but a car seat with a larger base than our Britax Marathon model may run into crowding problems on the downsized rear seat cushions. The third row’s fixed head restraint is narrow enough so as not to interfere with how the convertible fits on the seatback.

B Grade

  • Booster: Our booster fit well in the second row, but the seat belt buckles sink into the wells between the cushions, which could make them tough for kids to grasp and use.
  • Third-row entry: The second row collapses and slides easily. The opening is a decent size, but the step-in is tall.
  • Third-row booster: The booster fit well in the third row, but again, the seat belt buckles sink into the wells between the cushions, which could make them tough for kids to grasp and use.

C Grade

  • None

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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