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BabyDrive Verdict

The Nissan Pathfinder was one of the few cars I had previously tested that had great access to the third-row seats, so I was keen to get in a 2019 model and do some more testing for BabyDrive!

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Let's start there with the seats. I could fit four child seats in the Nissan Pathfinder; three in the second row and one in the third row. There are top tether anchorages in the back of all three second-row seats and one in the back of one third-row seat, plus ISOfix points in the two outer second-row seats.

The seat behind the driver can slide forward with a child seat installed using ISOfix and allow a nice big access to the third-row seats, although I did find this worked better with two child seats in the second-row so that it doesn't hit against the central child seat.

Leg and headroom is good we could sit a 180cm passenger in the front, a rear-facing child seat in the second-row and I could sit behind in the third-row and I'm 162cm.

There are air vents in both rear rows of seats, which is excellent for keeping rear passengers cool in summer.

Storage is really good in the Nissan Pathfinder, with ten cup holders throughout the car! Two are in the second row doors and I've found them really useful for holding my daughters drink bottle so she can easily reach it and for adults my new reusable Luxey Cup fits well in them too.

The glove box and central console box are both generous in size to house the headphones and controller for the two DVD players in the back of both front headrests.

We did find the DVD players pretty helpful on long journeys but my daughter becomes obsessed and I started to wonder how we would ever live life without it!! You can control these individually from the front media screen which is helpful.

Storage in the boot of the Pathfinder is very good. As a five-seater it held twenty shopping bags; that's two more than the Ford Everest and the Mazda CX-9.

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When using all seven-seats I could still fit all types of pram or stroller in the boot with a little shopping which is excellent.

The media system in the Nissan Pathfinder is a bit outdated, it doesn't have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and is controlled by a lot of buttons on the dash that are within the touch screen in more modern cars. The screen is quite basic, which at least makes it quite easy to navigate.

You can control the rear climate from the front which is excellent.

The reversing camera image is quite pixellated but you do get a handy overhead image too.

One of my favourite features is you can mute the parking sensors with a button on the steering wheel, making it very BabyDrive friendly when you don't want to disturb sleeping children!

However, the Nissan Pathfinder is generally quite a loud car to drive, the visibility is tricky out of the back when it's loaded up with four child seats and you realise it is a large SUV.

The Nissan Pathfinder got a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2013, so Child Occupant Safety was not tested. The Nissan Pathfinder has six airbags as standard and a very good seatbelt removal visual for all three rows of seats.

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  1. I would love to see the cars tested with 0-8 car seats (infa grandeur, maxi guard etc), 3 across, FULLY EXTENDED, as I’m shopping for a car right now that will fit my bigger (still young enough for car/booster seats) kids, and a lot of cars won’t work because, while they fit three across while car seats are lower, once the side two seats extend up the head rest bangs in to the top of the door frame/roof where they curve together. Turning out to be very difficult to find what will fit.

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