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BabyDrive Verdict

After driving the Nissan Navara I couldn't imagine that Nissan was capable of making a BabyDrive friendly vehicle that catered for child restraints and family requirements but actually, they have!

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The Pathfinder has fantastic in-cab storage, it has 10 cup holders throughout the three rows of seats and door bins that all cater for various usable size bottles and cups.

I LOVED the ones in each of the rear doors that are perfectly positioned for forward facing kids.

Excellent glove box, map pocket and central console storage box storage and the little things like the glasses case and phone and door wells are all there too.

The boot capacity is very good and with all seven seats in use, I can get 8 shopping bags in the boot. I could even get the Britax Flexx single stroller in with three shopping bags or the Britax Flexx tandem stroller in the boot space with one shopping bag!

When only using five seats in the Pathfinder the boot space is epic! It would hold 18 shopping bags and you would definitely fit any size dog in the back there!

I could fit the Mountain Buggy Duet twin stroller with 11 shopping bags.

The Britax Flexx single and tandem stroller fitted with 14 shopping bags and the Britax Holiday compact stroller is so small it fitted with the maximum 18 bags.

The Pathfinder also exceeded expectation with its seating capacity. There are two ISO Fix points, one in each of the second-row seats.

There are four top tether anchor points in the back rests of all three second-row seats and there is one in the right-hand third-row seat! This was fantastic and allowed me to install four child seats using the seat belts and top tether points. In the third row I installed the Britax Maxi Guard Pro forward facing booster seat.

The seats were relatively easy to install and the only thing I had problems with was getting the top tether strap through the central seat headrest bars, as they were too close together making it very difficult.

There was good space for forward facing and rear facing seats across the middle row. I installed the Britax Unity infant capsule rear facing on one side, the Britax Graphene forward facing in the middle seat and the Britax Platinum Pro would fit forward or rear facing in the other outside seat.

Legroom was also very good in the Pathfinder. The second-row seats are split 60:40 and both sides slide to adjust the legroom. I found I could sit in the third row comfortably with a rear facing child seat in the second row (and the second-row seat in the furthest back position) and the driver's seat has plenty of room for most size drivers.

The second-row seats also have a mechanism that allows you to move an outer seat forward with a child seat installed and have enough room to climb through to the third-row seats. The child seat MUST be using the ISO Fix and top tether connectors though, not the seatbelt and top tether.

I felt that the media system really let the Pathfinder down. The reversing camera was blurry and poor quality image, there was no Apple Car Play or Android Auto and the media system was just hard to use and connect my phone to and there was also no sat-nav in this model.

The Pathfinder drives well and for a BIG car accelerates well out of junctions, the central console is a bit of a jumble of controls, knobs and dials and could do with minimising! It is just a bit noisy and I found when I parked up would beep constantly for doors, boot door or anything it felt like beeping for!!! Which would definitely disturb my daughter when she's sleeping!

The Nissan Pathfinder scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2013.

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Tace Clifford
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Tace Clifford founded BabyDrive in 2017 after discovering a huge information gap in mainstream car reviews that left new parents and expanding families in the dark when it came to one of the biggest purchasing decisions of their lives.


  1. Thank you so much for all your reviews. They’ve been really helpful. I was scanning a lot of other sites for information to help us decide which car would fit 3 car seats for children under 3 and best suit our general needs and budget.
    In addition to your information, I have measured the back seats of some of these models to test which seats will fit based on measurements. I’ve found that really useful in determining combinations of car seats for different vehicles. I’m just a little unsure of how the middle seat will be fitted without the isofix option.

    • Hi Rebecca, I’m glad you’ve found the reviews helpful 🙂 You would use the cars seatbelt and the top tether anchorage to fix the child seat in place. You use either the ISOFix or seatbelt when instaling a child seat but you always use the top tether anchorage.

  2. I loved this review. Thankyou. I just puchased a new pathfinder this week and am struggling with the top anchor belts staying in place. The other of the seats slopes too much and the belts slide off the side no matter how firm I have them. I read in your comments something about threading through the headrests? What are your suggestions for a safe installation?

    • Hi Rachel, I had it explained to me like a bra strap, if the straps can fall off the sloping shoulders or in this case the car seat shoulders slope, then thread it between the headrest posts. But I would suggest you could check with the ACRI, whose link is on the right-hand side of our website because they are the best people to answer installation questions for you 🙂

  3. Hi I’ve recently bought a pathfinder and need to fit 3 baby seats across and would ideally like to use the isofix for rear access. What baby seats do you think this would work with? Thanks

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