So when Graco approached us about reviewing this car seat, I jumped on it. Our current seats are different brands because of safety ratings, but Graco has been right up there with them. In fact, the Graco My Ride 65 is one of the recommended car seats in its class by Consumer Reports. Because side impact is often the most deadly for infants and toddlers, Graco has increased head and body support with incredible foam cushioning for maximum protection.
Below is the top view with the toddler head support removed.
And while safety is of chief concern, ease of use and the way the seat fits in the vehicle are factors to be considered. Graco gets an excellent rating for front-facing fit to vehicle, although the score drops to "good" for rear-facing fit to vehicle. Let's be fair. These convertible seats are HUGE. Even in my massive Ford Excursion, we would be hard pressed to fit it rear-facing. I don't think that can be avoided, personally.
I love that it offers two cup holders, the material is plush and comfortable for hot or cold weather, and the seat is well padded.
The My Ride 65 has excellent support cushions that would well support even a newborn. While you may want to add a head support, you wouldn't need to add a full body support pillow like so many seats need.
|While the black material shows EVERYTHING (as you can plainly see!), it is removable and machine-washable.|
This was simple to remove. It simply threads through the seat and is held together by Velcro and a D-ring.
Adjusting the seat was simple on all fronts -- once you know where everything is! Honestly, it's so simple that it was easy to miss. To adjust the recline, simply adjust the pop the gray arches in or out on the bottom.
Very easy, BUT you can't adjust it while the seat is installed. This isn't a big deal to me, but it's good to be aware of.
Annabel isn't really able to clip herself in just yet, so ease of use on the clips and buckle aren't relevant for us yet. I really prefer the buckle on the Graco Nautilus booster seat because it is much easier for little hands to manipulate themselves, but that is only beneficial for older children who won't be unbuckling themselves at inappropriate times (like while going 70 mph on the interstate).
As is standard in most seats, you have an indicator to confirm proper incline.
I found the car seat to be lightweight, especially considering its size, and simple to install. It comes equipped with the latch system.
I found it convenient that the latches can be conveniently clipped to the seat when not in use.
As you can see, this is a substantial car seat. Always check the ball indicator for proper positioning. Also, don't forget to use the back tether strap to secure the seat.
If you have any questions at all about proper car seat installation, find a facility in your area that checks both the installation and the fit for your child.
Here is a quick feature summary of this car seat:
If you are in the market for a convertible car seat, I highly recommend the Graco My Ride 65 with Safety Surround.