infiniti's three-row suv hasn't been updated in a while, but the 2019 qx60 is still competitive in many ways. families will find an appealing blend of comfort, room and luxury amenities; second-row lower latch anchors that are tough to access and a lack of third-row lower anchors are misses, however. for this car seat check, we tested an uplevel lux trim.
how many car seats fit in the third row? two
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- latch, grade b: the second row's two sets of lower anchors are set in cutouts in the upholstery. it looks like the anchors would be easy to access because of the cutouts, but they're buried and set up high against the seat cushion, so access takes some muscle; getting to the inboard anchor requires extra maneuvering. the three top tethers on the seatbacks are easy to find and use.
- infant seat, grade b: there was plenty of room for the seat, but accessing the latch anchors took some muscle.
- rear-facing convertible, grade b: again, this seat had ample room, and our 5-foot, 6-inch-tall front passenger was comfortable. we still struggled a bit to access the latch anchors, however.
- forward-facing convertible, grade b: after removing the head restraint, the seat fit well. however, connection once again wasn't easy.
- booster, grade b: we raised the head restraint so the booster's back sat flat against the qx60's seatback. the buckles are on short stalks and sit flush with the seat cushion; this could make them difficult for kids to grasp and use.
- third-row access, grade b: the step in is tall, but the opening is big thanks to second-row seats that collapse and slide far forward for entry. they also tilt and slide when a forward-facing car seat is installed, though not as far forward.
- third-row forward-facing convertible, grade a: after removing the head restraint, the seat fit well. there are no lower anchors in the third row, so we used the seat belt to install the convertible. the third row's sole top tether anchor is on the passenger-side seatback; it's easy to find and use.
- third-row booster, grade b: after removing the head restraint the booster fit well. the buckles are again flush with the seat cushion, however, which will make them hard for kids to grasp.
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 '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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