The Child Safety Seat Diaries - 2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke: The Child Safety Seat Diaries

May 23, 2011

2011 nissan juke with kid seat It could happen. You buy a Nissan Juke because you love it and then the stork makes an unexpected appearance at your door. Just because you might not buy a Juke as a family car doesn't mean it will never ever ever do duty as such. (My husband and I had two Civic coupes when we had our first kid 5 years ago, and we still have one of the coupes even though we now have two life obstacles, I mean, adorable munchkins).

Technically, the seat fits back here. It's not touching the back of the front passenger seat in this shot.

So, how would life as a front passenger be in a Juke with a rear-facing child safety seat? Bounce with me to the jump to find out...

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, @ 5,969 miles

2011_nissan_juke_pass.jpg In a word, cramped. I measured the space between the seat cushion and the dashboard: 6 inches. I also sat there. I'm 5"8'. My knees and shins were firmly wedged against the glovebox.

Now you could sit in the back with the baby, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recently changed the recommendations on how long to keep a baby rear-facing, upping it from one year to two years. Those two years of your kid's life will seem to be gone in a flash. The time in the back seat? Not so much.

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