We got the Cosco Scenera NEXT Car Seat as a second seat to put in our parents' cars and for a lightweight travel option for the future. We are already big fans of the classic Cosco Scenera car seats, so we were excited about getting a NEXT. It's a little bit wider and shorter than the standard Scenera (see picture - classic is polka dots, NEXT is zebra print). It accommodates a 40lb weight and and 40'' height restriction (as opposed to the 35lb/36'' restrictions on the classic Scenera). It also comes with a detachable cup holder, which is nice for sippy cups on the go! Here is my assessment of the NEXT: PROS: (1) It's a great car seat at a great cost point – it hits the requirements for car seat safety (all car seats on the market have to!) and is purported to have excellent crash test ratings (according to user reviews on Consumer Reports and Consumer Search). (2) It is easy to adjust the straps (much moreso than the classic). (3) It is easy to take off the cover to clean it (MUCH moreso than on the classic). (4) It's lightweight, which makes it ideal for travel. Which brings me to... (5) It meets the FAA requirements for air travel, and though we have yet to use this model on an airplane, we were extremely satisfied using the classic model on a plane, so we're hoping for nothing but good things with the NEXT! (6) It's easy enough to install (the latching system is very similar to the classic), and the new design works better at preventing it from touching the seats in front of it (car or plane). We've only ever used these seats in the rear-facing position so I can't speak to the front-facing position. (7) The zebra print is very cute! CONS: Just one - depending on your style, this could be a maker or breaker - it's a very no-frills seat. It's a hard shell with a flimsy fabric covering it - no foam, no extra padding, none of the bells and whistles that the expensive high-end brands offer. I was a bit wary at first because it doesn't look all that comfortable, but my 16-month-old is content and comfortable in it (my toddler is very tall and has more than enough room in the seat). We are very happy with our new Cosco Scenera NEXT and will continue to use this brand as a backup for our main seat and when traveling.