Weight: 50 to 120 lbs.
NHTSA ease of use rating: Three out of five stars.
Pros: LATCH connectors, adjustable deep headwings for side impact protection. Seat lined with EPS foam. Affordable.
Cons: Fewer height adjustments than previous model. Sides aren’t adjustable. Skimpy padding. Large, bulky seat.
Comments: The Diono Cambria is the company’s newest model, designed to be more of an entry-price point seat than their previous high back offering. The Cambria features LATCH connectors, swing-out cup holders and deep head wings for side impact protection.
The trade-offs include fewer height adjustments (six) and no adjustable seat width. But you do get a seat that works to 120 lbs., which is the same as the more expensive Diono booster, the Monterey XT.
At about $100, the seat is competitive with other LATCH-compatible seats like the Graco Affix.
Fans of this seat love the extensive side impact protection of this seat, which is hard to find under $100. Critics, however, note the seat is large, heavy and bulky, so this isn’t the seat if you are trying to do a three-across configuration. A few folks said it was hard for their kids to buckle themselves in, thanks to the fixed armrests. Lack of seat padding is another common complaint, as is the basic hook-style LATCH connectors.
Bottom line: Diono fans seem to like the Monterey XT (more adjustments, etc.) better than this model, even with the extra cost.