2014 Nissan Rogue: A Rear-Facing Convertible Car Seats Fits, But I Do Not
December 16, 2014
My current personal vehicle is a 2014 Mazda 5. It's a Grand Touring, and my husband and I make the payment on it every month. I mention that here because we chose our small Mazda minivan after much deliberation, and based on its available third-row seat (although not on the SL trim level), the 2014 Nissan Rogue is another vehicle we could have considered.
As you see here, the Rogue was able to accommodate my daughter's gigantic rear-facing car seat, the First Years C680 SI. I did have to use a pool noodle to achieve the correct angle, but we also have to use one in our Mazda 5. The only real hassle during the installation process was finding the lower anchors. They're simply buried in the Rogue's rear seats, and hooking the connectors onto them (whilst compressing the car seat) was a blind exercise that I found frustrating and tiring. Welcome to parenthood, though, where almost every endeavor is tiring. No doubt, I'll get better at installing a car seat with the LATCH system with practice.
Although the car seat fit, the 2014 Rogue would not be a great option for our family.
See, once the car seat is installed with the Rogue's rear seat in the rearmost position on its fore/aft-adjustable track, there is almost no room left for a front passenger of my height (5 feet, 10 inches) to sit comfortably or even safely. In the Mazda, I'm not exactly luxuriating in the front-passenger seat, but riding there for 30 minutes or even an hour is no problem.
Obviously, if I already owned a Rogue, the easy solution here is just to get a different convertible car seat. This particular First Years seat has a high seat-back to enable taller children (like mine) to stay rear-facing longer, but that also makes the seat a tighter fit in some cars. The large side wings on this seat give it plenty of lateral bulk as well and are to me desirable side-impact protection, particularly given the Mazda 5's "Marginal" IIHS side-impact crash test rating. That rating came out after we already had the van.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 16,015 miles