My daughter's original Graco SnugRide infant car seat served us well, but like most car seats integrated with the LATCH system it was an absolute BEAR to get set up--you needed two people to install the base, and there was always a lot of huffing and puffing involved, kneeling on the base, mangling your hands while tightening the straps. I certainly was *never* able to install the car seat base myself. When the time came for a new (toddler-sized) car seat, the Graco Smart Seat came up. The Smart Seat base is absolutely the EASIEST installation ever--I'm able to do it myself in under 2 minutes! No more cursing! No more mangled hands! Additionally, adjusting the straps is a piece of cake--no more unhooking the straps and removing the seat cover. Reclining the seat is a snap. At 21-months old, she's comfortable in the Smart Seat, and of course, we trust in her safety! If the Smart Seat had existed when we first registered for car seats, this would have been a once-and-done situation. As it stands, we expect to get plenty of years out of this car seat! Thank you, Graco, for making it easy!