The most important purchase you will make for your child is the car seat to protect them with. Two great models to take a look at are the Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 and the Chicco NextFit. To help you analyze these two car seat models we’ve looked at the following four categories: front / rear facing, height and weight restrictions, size and dimension of car seat, and safety features.
Front / Rear Facing
When your child is an infant they must, to a certain height and weight, be in a rear facing car seat. When they are older then they switch to a front facing car seat.
Both the Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 and the Chicco NextFit are considered to be convertible car seats. This means that they have the ability to be both a rear facing car seat and a front facing car seat, depending on where your child is.
Height and Weight Restrictions
The maximum weight restrictions for the Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 are impressive. It is able to safely hold a child up to 85 lbs. The minimum weight restriction, however, is a little high and is set at 14 lbs.
The maximum weight restriction for the Chicco NextFit are considered average at 65 lbs. The minimum weight restriction is considered to be more reasonable and starts at 5 lbs.
Size and Dimension of the Car Seat
The overall dimensions for the Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 are 29 x 23 x 21 inches. The weight of this model of car seat is approximately 23 lbs.
The overall dimensions for the Chicco NextFit are a somewhat smaller, listed at 19 x 26 x 20.5 inches. The weight is also less, at approximately 15 lbs.
Aside from purchasing a car seat that has the appropriate weight restrictions for your child, the safety features need to be considered with the purchase as well.
The Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 has some great safety features to put a parent’s worries to rest. Check out these safety features!
- Air Protect air cushion system
- One-hand harness adjustment
- One-click latch system
The Chicco NextFit makes safety for parents easy to understand! These are the safety features for the Chicco NextFit:
- 9 position leveling system
- Two RideRight bubbles level (helps insure proper installation of the car seat in the car)
- SuperCinch Latch for a secure harness fit
- 6-position headrest to best accommodate your child’s size
- Removable infant insert for newborns
- 5-point harness complete with 2-position chest clips
Overall Product Recommendation
To recommend one of these products over the other is tough! The Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 has the advantage of a larger weight restriction, which means that your child could be in a car seat longer. This is a pretty big advantage.
However, the Chicco NextFit has more safety features including an infant inset and the bubble levels to make sure the car seat is installed right. It also has the 6-position headrest to make sure your child’s head is secured at all times.
If I had to choose just one I think I would recommend the Chicco NextFit over the Maxi-Cosi Pria 85. Although the higher weight restriction would be nice, the Chicco NextFit has more safety features that I look for when assessing which car seat to by to protect my children.
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