I did a lot of research before I purchased this car seat. Ultimately, I went with this one because of price, quality/safety, plane/airline accepted and ease of installation. FYI if you are looking for car seats, the best time to buy is around the first of the year when manufacturer's are looking to update new models/colors. This one went from $224 to $156!
We have a '00 explorer and a '09 Altima. I installed in the Altima in about 60 seconds, since it has the latch system. It was super easy! The seat is big but there was still room to push the driver and passenger seats all the way back.
It took me longer in the explorer because I had to do the seat belt method. Regarding the seat belt method, you can get this thing super snug, unlike some of the reviews stated, but I found that you need to use the lap/shoulder seat belt in order to get it as tight as possible (similar to infant base installation). We have a lap belt in the center of the backseat of the explorer and I couldn't get it tight enough. Once I switched seat positions and used the lap/shoulder strap it took me about 5 min to get it installed. I did need to use a rolled up towel to get the seat level.
I like the infinite slide harness. It hasn't fallen down or gotten loose like some reviews have mentioned.
The headrest is also easy to move, my LO is almost 1yr and I needed to move it up a touch and did it while she was in it.
In general my LO cries when being harnessed in car seat or strollers, however, she has started to get used to her new seat and was even laughing on the 5 min ride to Grandmas the other day! She has fallen asleep in the seat 3 times now so I know she is comfortable. The plus side is her head looks like it is in a good position as well with the recline setting.
On the down side I will say the sides of the seat are a little high, so getting her in sometimes causes weird maneuvers. Also, the seat belt is much easier to click than our Graco infant car seat, however, the belt leg straps need to be watched when you tighten they pull around the legs and sometimes don't pull down from the shoulders. To fix this I pull the carseat belt down from her shoulders to take away the slack and then pull to tighten around the legs for the correct fit.
The cons are not that big of a deal, however.
Overall I will say I am very very pleased with the product and would recommend this model!
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