The Graco My Ride 65 convertible car seat was the first on the market to offer a 40 lb rear-facing weight limit. This car seat also holds toddlers forward-facing to 65 lbs, and has a deep, tall shell and reasonably tall harness slots so that your baby or toddler gets the longest use possible out of the car seat. It can likely be used until the child is 5 or 6 years old. While there are now other car seats available that also rear-face to 40 pounds or more, the My Ride 65 is still an excellent basic car seat at a reasonable price.
The My Ride 65 has a lot of strong points at a budget price.
My Ride 65 Features
- Rear-facing from 5-40 lbs.
- Forward facing to 65 lbs.
- Infant insert.
- Lined with EPS foam.
- Separate, color-coded LATCh straps for each belt path.
- Deep seating area to accommodate larger kids.
- Six years until expiration.
The higher weight limits plus the reasonably tall shell of the My Ride 65 should give you plenty of bang for your buck when it comes to the time you'll be able to use this car seat. The top harness slot height is about 17 inches, which is among the tallest available for convertible seats. Since many children outgrow their forward-facing convertible car seat when their shoulders go above the top harness slot, this is a beneficial feature for keeping your child in that harness a bit longer.
The harness itself is made of thick webbing that won't twist easily. Instruction labels on the harness straps and other areas of the car seat make it simple to adjust everything properly.
The My Ride 65 is very easy to install both rear- and forward-facing, with seatbelt and LATCh. The separate, color-coded belts for rear- and forward-facing make LATCH installation particularly simple. Getting the rear-facing angle correct is easy in most vehicles. You change the angle of the car seat by folding or unfolding flaps on the bottom of the car seat.
An infant pad is included to help smaller babies fit better in this big car seat if you skip the infant car seat and use a convertible right from the start. The deep seating area cradles small babies well, and provides a more comfortable ride for older, long-legged kids, too.
The price is fantastic at less than $100.
In some vehicles it may be hard to adjust the harness while rear-facing since the adjuster is low on the front of the car seat. The harness should be adjusted every time baby is in the car, so make sure you can get to that adjuster tail.
You must unthread the harness to adjust the harness height. This isn't difficult, but there's potential to put the harness back together incorrectly, so make sure you keep the instruction book handy to check your work. You can also take a digital picture of the "before" and refer to it when you're re-threading. There is a plastic piece on the back of the seat that the harness must go behind, too. It's easy to misroute the harness over that piece.
The LATCh belts have fairly inexpensive connectors that can be tricky to use if it's a tight fit or long reach between the seats to find the anchors.
This is a fairly big car seat.
It doesn't weigh more than others of its size, but it is wide. The built-in cupholders are great since they can't get lost, plus kids love them, but they add to the width of the car seat considerably. If you're hoping to get three car seats across a backseat, the My Ride 65 is probably not for you.
Should You Buy It?
For parents who hope to keep a child rear-facing as long as possible, and also want the opportunity to keep the child in a forward-facing harness past age four, this is a great choice. Spending more on other car seats of similar size will get you more ease-of-use features, such as built-in seat belt lock-offs and no-rethread harnesses, which can help with correct installation and use. However, if you read the instructions, the My Ride 65 is fairly easy to install without those features.
That said, if you're looking for a narrow car seat, the My Ride 65 is not for you. Though the base is a slim 12 inches across, the cupholder area is a whopping 22 inches. The difference in size might allow you to "puzzle" the My Ride 65 with other, narrower car seats, but try that out before buying if space is an issue.