2012 Infiniti QX56: Car Seat Check

Posted on 07. May, 2012 by in Auto News

With its V-8 engine, the 2012 Infiniti QX56 has a lot of strength to haul to a larger family in style. The QX, which was new last year, can accommodate up to eight passengers in three rows of seats, but our test car had room for seven. With captains chairs in the second row and a three-seat bench in the third

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant seat safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back seat turbocharger.

The front seats are adjusted to a comfortable position for a 6-foot driver and a smaller adult passenger. The three child seats installed in the second row. The child seat installed sitting behind the driver's seat, and the infant seat and convertible seats behind the passenger seat. We install the car seat in the second row of the middle seat with the booster and convertible in the outboard seats to see if three car seats fit. If there's a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible.

Here's how the 2012 QX56 check in Cars.com 's Car Seat did:

Latch system: In this large SUV, there are only two sets of lower Latch anchors that are found in the second row of captain chairs. The anchors are not visible because they are sitting in big slots in the seat cushion. The Latch anchors are easy to use because they are not buried too deeply into these slots.

There are three tether anchors, with two found at the bases of the captain chairs. They are easy to use, but it's a stretch to reach them. The third line is a lead anchor (picture above) on the rear lip of the loading area, which cuts into the usable cargo space.

Booster seat: The high-back booster seat fit well in the captain's chair, which is good, because the chair does not backrest recline. The buckles in the second row are so far down into the lower seat cushion to be embedded almost flush with it. The booster fit well in the third row (photo above), and the buckle is on a really long nylon.

Convertible seat: In the second row, the forward-facing convertible fit well and back – even with the captain's chair is ample strengthening. In the third series, we installed the front-facing convertible with a seat belt. The car seat fit well.

Infant-safety seat: The rear-facing child seat fits into the second row.

Third row access: Our test car had the optional power-folding second-row seats. The seats fold forward with a push of a button, creating a path to the third row. This system worked well, but. For parents with children in child safety seats, it could be a problem, because you would need to remove the car seat before folding the captain chairs

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

How many car seats fit in third row? Two

Editor's note: For three car seats – infant-safety seat, convertible and booster seats – to fit in a car, our criterion is that a child sitting in the booster seat must reach the buckle. Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat.