Weight: 22-65 lbs. with harness; 30-100 lbs. high back booster.
IIHS rating: Best bet.
NHTSA ease of use rating: Not yet.
Pros: LATCH, harnessed up to 65 lbs., 10 position adjustable headrest. Machine washable cushion. Dual cup holders.
Cons: Doesn’t convert to backless booster.
Comments: The Atlas 65 is Graco’s opening price point combo harness booster that can be used to 65 lbs. with harness—then the harness tucks away into a storage compartment, turning the Atlas into a belt-positioning booster. It offers ten height positions with no rethreading. Even though this seat has a 22 lb. starting limit, we recommend children be rear-facing until two years of age (or longer if you can). The Graco Atlas 65 only works forward-facing.
The Graco Atlas 65 is very similar to Graco’s Nautilus 65 with one major difference: the Atlas 65 does not have a backless mode; the Nautilus does (up to 120 lbs.). But, you can buy a backless booster for $20. Since the Atlas 65 is about $40 cheaper than a Nautilus, this might be preferable. The Atlas has basic, hook-style LATCH attachments.
This seat debuted in late 2015, so reader feedback has been sparse as of this writing. The initial reports we’ve heard are positive and, given Graco’s track record in this category, we will recommend the Atlas 65. Rating: A-
Here’s a quick video on the Atlas 65: