Convertable Carseat Recommendations for COMPACT cars?

Adrienne - posted on 04/28/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any recommendations for a convertable carseat that will fit well into a compact car but still has good safety ratings?

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Adrienne - posted on 05/22/2010

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Thanks everyone. We ended up going with a Britax Boulevard for our main vehicle and the Sunshine Kids Radian80SL for a secondary vehicle.



We really liked the safety ratings for the Boulevard and our main vehicle is larger so we weren't concerned with the size of the seat or having to take it in and out because it'll just stay in that vehicle 24/7.



The secondary carseat was a tougher choice because we rarely take our son in that vehicle and it's also a very compact car. However, we obviously needed a secondary carseat that could be kept in that car or easily installed in other cars like the grandparent's. We chose the Radion80SL because of it's slim size, you could fit 3 across a backseat if you needed, its fast and easy installation, and because it can be folded flat to be kept in a trunk or for travel. It even comes with a shoulder carrying strap or you can purchase a carrying bag if you're planning on flying to a destination and you'd like to check it. Also, despite its smaller size, it doesn't compromise on the rear or forward-facing weight limits. The versatility of this seat made it an easy choice. I hope that helps because I've spent about a month researching and finally came to this conclusion. I know it won't be the right choice for everyone but hopefully it'll save someone else some research time.



Here's the links to the carseats to save you even more time. :-)



Britax Boulevard:

http://www.britaxusa.com/car-seats/boule...



Sunshine Kids Radian80SL:

http://www.skjp.com/product/97556/185XX/...



Travel Bag for Radian80SL:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sunshine-Kids-...

(You can find this at several different places, this was just an example.)

Lacy - posted on 05/02/2010

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The head-bobbing is also something we have a problem with. I have to tilt the seat back so the ball is in the red instead of the green otherwise his head rolls forward and there is nothing I can do to prop it up because the angle of the seat.

Tessa - posted on 04/30/2010

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I just bought a Graco MyRide65. It rear faces until 40 lbs ( I wanted a carseat that would rear face as long as possible) and will forward face to 65 lbs in a 5 point harness (it was also very important to me that he stays in a 5 point harness as long as possible) for $120. From what I've read it isn't really tall like the expensive Sunshine Kids/Radians (those rear face till 45 lbs!), but it still enables you to keep your child rear facing and harnessed to a pretty high weight.

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Erica - posted on 02/10/2012

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We have the Graco My Ride 65 & have been using it both rear & forward facing for the past 1.5 years- my little guy's head has never bobbed once! Although now that he's getting older sometimes he fights how the seat is reclined... he wants to see the world!

Adrienne - posted on 05/28/2010

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My husband just installed the Radian80 SL in his compact car and it fits great! For mommas trying to something to fit in cars with limited space, I'd definitely look into this one.

Meghan, it doesn't lean way back either and it's level in his car. My husband has his seat almost all the way back and it's not a problem.

Adrienne - posted on 05/22/2010

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We haven't installed it yet so I'm not sure exactly but I will let you know this week when we do. You can also look at the pictures on its webpage to help get an idea.

Jenn - posted on 05/14/2010

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I bought the Safety 1st Alpha Omega, and I agree that it isn't good for moving from car to car, but I don't have any problems with head-bobbing while sleeping. It has the 5-point harness, can be rear facing, can be forward facing, and becomes a seat-belt booster so it lasts a long time. I drive a Honda Accord and it fits well in my car.

Nicole - posted on 05/05/2010

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We have the Britax Boulevard for both our girls. Rear-facing, we have to move the passenger seat up to fit well, so it's not exactly "roomy." But the safety ratings are excellent, it's comfortable, easy to use, and we've had no issues. Expensive yes, but we think it's been worth it. I drive a "compact" subaru impreza outback.

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I spent weeks reading reviews and safety features and was down between the Britax Marathon and the Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite and bought the Safety 1st just because it's 1/2 the price of the Britax. It is a little hard to set up for rear facing due to the straps so I don't recommend it if you have to move it from vehicle to vehicle. I have a Kia Rio and it fits in that. I'm very happy with my purchase.

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PS - Speaking of sleeping, how does everyone find the head-bobbing situation with the Graco MyRide?

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The graco myride 65 is something we're considering, too. We have a Mazda3 hatchback and the Safety 1st Enspira AND Alpha Omega were both BRUTAL. We had to tip them BELOW the level indicator on the seat for her head to not roll forward when she sleeps. It's insane that they can't just build one that doesn't need to be tipped back so far, forfeiting the passenger seat of the vehicle until they switch to forward facing.

Lacy - posted on 05/02/2010

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I have been using the graco myride 65 for a couple months now and though it is a very nice carseat I wish I had bought something a little smaller. I drive a rav4 and I find its huge in the backseat. Since it takes up so much space it is very awkward getting my son in and out of it. Though there is nothing wrong with the actual carseat itself.

Brandi - posted on 04/30/2010

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I love my Graco MyRide 65 and so does my princess... We have a compact car and this works great for us.I love it.. Not to mention she loves having the room...The two cup holders are also a plus...One for a bottle and the other for small toys....and the price isnt too bad for what you are getting....I call it her little Cadillac

Jessi - posted on 04/29/2010

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Our Graco comfort sport gives about four more inches of room than our other seat and has decent safety ratings.

Molly - posted on 04/29/2010

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I dont know any personally, but I use amazon and have yet to be disappointed, the user reviews are very helpful.

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