Pretty is as pretty does The Maxi-Cosi Priori, $200, convertible car seat is as safe as it is lovely. This sleek seat has an independent recline system that lets you recline the car seat with your child in it—a welcome feature on longer trips. Well-positioned harness holders keep straps out of the way when getting your child in and out. Energy-absorbing foam helps protect kids in a crash. Rear-facing: 5–35 pounds; forward-facing: 22–40 pounds, up to 43 inches.
BEST FOR: Families who are on the road a lot