Type: Convertible to belt-positioning booster
Limits: 5-40 lbs. rear-facing, 22-65 lbs. front-facing, 65-120 lbs. as a booster.
NHTSA ease of use rating: Not Available.
Magellan 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat Preview: New from Maxi Cosi for 2018 is their first all-in-one carseat for infants through kiddos 10 years of age. The Magellan 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat offers a unique feature: adjustable torso side impact protection. Most other all-in-ones have height adjustable headrests with side impact protection (and the Magellan has 14 height positions), but few allow the seat to adjust through the torso (see video below for a demo).
Additional features include a one-hand, seven-position recline and no-rethread harness. Maxi Cosi’s Air Protect system is built in to the headrest too. We like that the fabric and padding is machine washable.
In case you’re new to the all-in-one car seat world, the seat works rear facing (5-40 lbs.), forward facing (22-65 lbs.) and high back belt positioning booster (65-120 lbs.). It does not convert to a backless booster like their competitors’ seats.
Of course, the price ain’t cheap at $350 (50% more than Graco’s and Evenflo’s all-in-one seats), and we’re always skeptical a car seat can really see a child through 10 years of use, wear and tear. The Magellan is still a new seat with very little feedback yet from the real world, so we’ll be updating our assessment once we hear from more parents.
Maxi Cosi has a good track record for quality in this category—however, their crash test scores sometimes are below competing seats that are lower in price, interestingly. (Example: in Consumer Reports latest crash tests the Maxi Cosi convertible seat (Pria 70 and 85) scored below the Chicco NextFit in terms of protection. Those are both convertible seats, not all-in-ones.)
As of this writing, no one has crash tested this seat yet, so the jury is out.
Rating: Not Yet