I rave about Chicco to everyone I know! It's car seats are rated #1 in safety, and I can tell by how massiv this thing is. My back was injured when we first got it for my then 1-1/2-year-old, so I can't really tell you if I am able to lift this thing into my suburban =/ but from what I heard from everyone who moved it around for me, It's HEAVY!!! It's also bulky but this seat fits alongside a fit2 car seat and myself in my second row, so be sure you have room in your car before purchasing.
I'm glad that my daughter stopped protesting about being rear-facing in her carseat the moment she tried this seat out because she was able to see out of every rear window while in this seat; she is highly entertained. My big girl will be 3 years old next month, is still rear-facing at about 30 lbs, and still looks forward to every car trip.
I can't really tell you much about the cup holder, since I lost track of mine as soon as we unboxed it =/ but it looked cool.
Prossturdy, rated #1 in safety, can be used rear-facing past 2 years of age.
ConsMy sister-in-law complained about the price point for this brand, because you can get a different manufacturer's car seat for less than $100.
Best Usesrear-facing, forward facing.