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How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2020 Nissan Sentra?

2020 Nissan Sentra

The verdict: The Nissan Sentra is redesigned for 2020, and the compact sedan is barely recognizable. It wears fresh new styling, rides on a new platform and gets a new powertrain. In the backseat, we found a lot to like — namely more room than expected from a compact sedan and easy-access Latch anchors. Our model’s fixed head restraints caused some problems, however.

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 Nissan Sentra.

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A Grade

  • Latch: The two sets of lower anchors are visible just within the seat bight, where the back and bottom cushions meet, and they’re easy to use. Three top tether anchors sit on the rear shelf under hinged plastic covers; they’re body-colored, so they’re easy to see.
  • Infant seat: This seat went in easily and our 5-foot, 6-inch-tall front passenger had enough legroom.
  • Rear-facing convertible: Again, we had no trouble installing this seat, and the front passenger still had ample space.

B Grade

  • Forward-facing convertible: This seat was easy to install with the lower anchors and we had no trouble connecting to the top tether anchor. However, the fixed head restraint prevented the convertible from sitting flush against the seatback the way it should.

C Grade

  • Booster: As with the forward-facing convertible, the fixed head restraint prevented the booster from sitting flush against the seatback as it should. The buckles sink into the cushion when pushed, which could make them tough for kids to use independently.

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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