Like the lazy boy of car seats - very nice!
As an FYI, I received the car seat for free in exchange for a fair review. Hope this is helpful. Firstly, the green color is very classy - stylish striping and heathering and much more sophisticated looking than any of the other 4 car seats we have.√‚¬†
For installation, this is about the same as other convertible car seats. It takes a while to read the manual, but the manual is thorough and fairly clear. Time-wise, it installs similarly to other car seats. Getting my 3-year-old son in and out of the car seat is pretty easy and he can get the top buckle done by himself much more easily than the clips where he has to insert one side into the other. That brings me to one concern I have with the car seat, though - the top clip is magnetic. I think it has some sort of mechanical locking mechanism too but the fact that it closes with a magnet makes me a bit nervous--doesn`t seem like it may be as secure as the clips with truer locks. Also, if you (or grandparents/kids) have a medical implant that can be affected by magnets, you shouldn`t use it (but the manual says they`ll send a different mechanism for free if you need one). The lock is very easy to release with one hand, which is useful! The bottom/crotch buckle is similar to other seats and works well.
The seat has lots of nice comfort features and the head rest seems much better since it keeps my toddler`s head from falling all the way to the side when he sleeps in the seat. Also, it has a nice built-in cupholder. However, the cupholder isn`t big enough to hold his sip cups, just a standard size water bottle. Also, my son didn`t like the padded shoulder straps, since they pressed up on his neck a bit, even though they seemed nice to me. The padded inserts for infants also look super cozy and comfortable but I didn`t try the seat with my infant since I prefer the seats that can be popped out and carried when they`re really young.
Overall, my son likes the new seat and I do too - it`s like the Lazy Boy of car
* This product review was collected by the manufacturer.