Time to review another Graco car seat for toddlers. I think I’ve represented more Graco car seats than any other brand. This time around I’m reviewing the Graco My Ride 65 LX.
Features & Dimensions
- Convertible seat transforms from a rear facing infant seat to a forward facing toddler car seat
- Available in a variety of colors and patterns
- Side impact tested, holds The rear facing baby from 5 to 40 pounds and a forward facing toddler or older child from 20 to 65 pounds
- LATCH equipped
- Easy installation due to an easy to read a level indicator
- Crash tested to meet or exceed US safety standards
- Dual cup holders
- 5-point front adjust harness
- Adjustable head support
- Total weight 15.8 pounds
- Overall height 26 inches, with 20.8 inches and depths 27 inches
- Machine washable cushion and cover
Current safety standards for car seats recommend that you keep your child in a rear facing seat as long as possible, or at least until two years of age. Of course, this is going to depend upon the size of your child, but with the Graco My ride 65, the weight restriction for the rear facing seat tops out at 40 pounds. So unless you have a giant child, you should be able to fulfill the two-year-old or older recommendation.
- Side impact tested
- EPS, energy absorbing foam
- Meets or exceeds US standard FMVSS 213
- New Car Assessment Program – peak Crash Force approximately 2X Car Seat Standard
- LATCH enabled
Installation of the Graco My Ride
I liked how easy it was to install. There’s a great pictorial walk-through on the side of the car seat that you can use as an installation guide. Of course, there’s a full instruction manual as well.
Once you have it installed, check the level indicator, and then you’re good to go. I should note here, that I drive a Toyota Corolla. I have read some other reviews about the installation process for the My ride 65, and some of them indicate trouble when installing this toddler car seat. But in most cases they were vans or SUVs, so you might want to keep that in mind if you are considering this car seat.
If I have one gripe about this car seat, it’s about the harness height adjustment. Adjustments with some car seats are a breeze, but that’s not the case with the My Ride 65. When the seat is in its rear facing position, it is possible to rethread the harness without uninstalling the seat first. That’s not the case when it’s in the forward facing position. In this position, if you need to adjust the harness straps, you will need to completely uninstall first.
All in all, I found installation of this car seat to be quite easy. And in terms of daily use, I can see that it would be a breeze as well.
Once I had the seat correctly installed, I once again turned to baby Jamal from next door for assistance. He’s soon going to start crying every time he sees me! At a year and a half and 24 pounds, he fit snugly in the seat. With a little bit of adjustment to the headrest, we had a perfect fit.