We bought this for our 8 month old princess. It is very cushy & comfortable. The padding is the thickest I found in car seats. The seat is a bit awkward to get the baby in rear facing even with it reclined all of the way. It is very sturdy with no movement with the latch system. But, unless you have a long waisted infant then the shoulder straps won't meet the top of the shoulders. Insertion of the shoulder belts were about 1.5\" above her shoulders.
I think this is a high quality & safe carseat but it just did not serve our needs. I drive a Lexus RX (bubble SUV) and I have a 20lb 13 month old. We wanted our son to remain rear facing as long as possible for safety reasons. But due to the height and bulk of this seat I could not see out of my backseat passenger window with the Recaro rear facing, so I felt that was a safety risk for my driving since we live in a major city with lots of traffic. Also even though my son is small for his age (5th percentile) his feet were kind of jammed up against the back of my car seat when he was rear facing. So I knew that it would not be practical to keep him rear facing in the Recaro as long as we would like. This seat has a much larger & non-detachable \"base\" that makes it sit up much higher than other similar seats. Plus it does not have any recline options. We ended up returning this seat for the Maxi Cosi Pria 70 and we are much, much happier. The Maxi Cosi Pria 70 sits much lower in the car and has a recline option so his feet are not jammed against my back seat. Granted the Maxi Cosi Pria 70 is about $40 more I think it fits my son and my car much better and we will be able to keep him rear facing until he is at least 2.