Great for small sedan
January 24, 2012
I purchased this seat after extensive online research for a seat that would allow us to have 3 passengers in the back seat of our 1999 Chevy Prizm. We have it rear-facing in the center, and a Britax Roundabout 50 forward-facing behind the driver, and so the seat behind the front passenger is stll usable. We have a child restraint built-in that seat, so we can have an adult or child easily ride there. Hooray! I've heard some say the Sunshine Radian is difficult to install but that was NOT my experience, it was EASY. We do not have latch in my car. I had read online about the trick to twist the buckle near the bight of the backseat so that it lowers the height of that buckle. You must have just the mesh part of the seatbelt going through the car seat, not any of the plastic or metal parts of the seat belt entering the seat belt path through this car seat. Hope that made sense. It took 2 and 1/2 twists. I never wanted to spend this much on 1 car seat, but it was cheaper than buying another car. :) This seat has such a high height limit (most kids outgrow convertible car seat by height first, not weight), I think it will fit my son until it expires!
Pros:Narrow seat width!! (yet still roomy enough for the child)
High weight limit for rear facing
Height range for FF up to 53 in!
Cushion inserts for infant/toddler
Harness/belts - no twisting
Buckle/chest clip - east, audible "clicks"
Folds up if you need to carry it
2010 manufacture date, so we already lost 1 year of its 8 year life
Dark fabric color - it absorbs too much AZ sun!