CARS.COM — Nissan’s midsize sedan got an update for 2016 with refreshed styling outside and some newly available features inside. Although the Altima sedan has a fairly roomy backseat, difficult-to-access Latch anchors complicated car-seat installation.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- Although the Altima has a fixed head restraint in the rear seats, it didn’t interfere with our booster’s fit on the seatback. The buckles are on short but stables bases and should be easy for kids to grasp and use.
What We Don’t
- The two sets of Latch anchors are not set too deeply within the seat bight, but the inboard anchor was tough to access because it is crowded by the seat belt buckle. We had trouble connecting with both the infant’s narrow, hooklike connectors and the convertible’s rigid connectors.
- We had to move the front passenger seat forward to make room for the infant seat. Our 5-foot-6-inch tester had enough kneeroom to sit comfortably, but taller passengers will need more.
- In both forward- and rear-facing mode, we struggled to connect to the inboard Latch anchor when installing the convertible seat. There was enough room to fit the car seats; we were able to move the front passenger seat back to a comfortable spot.
- The fixed head restraint pushed the forward-facing convertible forward on the seat cushion, but gradually tightening the top tether strap while nestling the convertible on the seat helped situate it. The three top tether anchors on the rear shelf were easy to access.
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: Plenty of room. One fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.
C: Marginal room. Two fit or connection issues. Difficult to access third row when available.
D: Insufficient room. Two or more fit or connection issues.
F: Does not fit or is unsafe.
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. To learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks, go here.
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.