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How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2021 Infiniti QX80?

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The verdict: Infiniti’s largest SUV, the QX80, was redesigned for 2018, and for 2020 it got a revised multimedia system. For 2021, the QX80 has a new trim level lineup — Luxe, Premium Select and Sensory — and all versions of the luxury SUV get an updated rearview camera mirror. 

The large SUV seats seven with second-row captain’s chairs or eight with the available second-row bench seat. For this Car Seat Check, we tested a Premium Select trim with captain’s chairs. Previously, we tested a version with the bench seat. There’s a lot to like about this luxury hauler, especially its easy-access lower Latch anchors and ample legroom.  

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 2021 Infiniti QX80.

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A Grade

  • Latch: The two sets of lower Latch 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 Latch anchors and the seat fit well after we raised the head restraint. The two top tether anchors sit halfway down the seatbacks and are easy to find and use. 
2021 Infiniti QX80 car seat anchors 2021 Infiniti QX80 | Cars.com photo by Jennifer Geiger

B Grade

  • 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 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. Also, the middle position’s buckle comes down from the ceiling and will block the driver’s view when in use.
  • 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 Latch anchors in the third row. The third row has just one top tether anchor on the passenger side. It’s nestled into the seatback carpet and must be dug out before you can connect. Caregivers should also be careful not to confuse the QX80’s many cargo hooks for the top tether anchor. Cargo hooks can not be used as car seat anchors. 

C Grade 

  • 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.

Grading Scale

 

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 the third row when available.

C: Marginal room plus one fit or connection issue. Difficult to access the 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 and Jennifer Newman are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Chicco KeyFit 30 infant-safety seat, a Graco Contender 65 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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