Convertible Car Seat Review: Evenflo SureRidePrice: $62-$87

Limits: Rear-facing to 40 lbs. Forward-facing to 65 lbs.

Pros: One of the least expensive seats that works to 65 lbs. forward-facing.

Cons: Short harness means kids will outgrow the seat too soon.

NHTSA ease of use: Two out five stars (both rear or forward-facing).

Comments: The Evenflo SureRide is Evenflo’s entry price point for convertible seats—it works to 40 lbs. rear-facing and 65 lbs. forward-facing.

The headline here is the six harness positions and sub $100 price (we’ve seen it online for as little as $62). The seat pad is machine washable and the SureRide features EPS foam and a fold-down cup holder.

In a previous review for this seat, we complained about this seat’s short harness length—that made it hard to fit larger kits up to 65 lbs. Evenflo has apparently fixed this issue.

Other complaints about this seat focused on the cheap quality of the fabric and overall plastic feel of the shell. More than one parent noted the fabric is too hot for warmer climates.

Fans of the SureRide like the lightweight and affordable price point. Unlike other sub $100 convertible seats, the SureRide is easy to install both rear and forward facing. The lack of infant insert may make this seat a no-go for small infants, however. The padding on the SureRide is skimpy, but that’s a trade-off with the price. More than one of our readers found the harness hard to adjust, however,

The NHTSA gave this seat a low rating for ease of use (two out of five stars). Here is the NHTSA’s evaluation of the Sure Ride’s installation features:

The padding must be moved to route the seat belt or LATCH belt through the belt path. Interference is possible between the crotch buckle and the seat belt when routing for installation. A printed/molded line is present on the restraint that must be leveled to the ground. There are not three levels of built-in recline available. The restraint is equipped with hook-style LATCH attachments which may require twisting to remove from the lower anchors in the vehicle.  The LATCH storage area is not clearly labeled.

By contrast, Consumer Reports gave this seat high marks, ranking it #3 overall and “best” in crash protection.

FYI: The most current version of this seat is called the Evenflo SureRide DLX.

Bottom line: the Evenflo SureRide is very affordable seat ($62) that can be used up to 65 lbs with a harness. Now that the harness issue has been fixed, we will raise the seat’s rating this time out. Rating: B