Unlike many children's products that you only get short limited use of before they grow into the next stage, this car seat converts and transforms into the necessary seating requirements for your child as he or she grows. The seat has the look of a Captain's chair in a van and appears to be quite comfortable. I laughed at the thought of my child using the removable cup holders and actually putting his drink cup back in it as we travelled, but he keeps a toy in it so we keep them in. For the extra safety, I installed the seat in the middle using one of the seat brackets from each side to attach the clips. This might not work for every vehicle so make sure you are able to safely secure the seat. I do, however, feel that the seat is designed well enough to protect from a side impact if installed next to the door, I just like to be able to get into the car and close the door while putting our child in the seat instead of having my backside sticking out in the weather and parking lots. The seat comes in various material designs that are all very good looking. So far we are very pleased. I recommend this seat.