This car seat is heavy, but once installed is the best thing ever. It is much easier to take our child in/out without her bumping her head and she will be rear refacing much longer (as it is made to rear face for taller heights). Love it.
Pros: Very sturdy Daughter very comfortable Will last very very very long time Perfect for mid size car (sonata) Easy to (un)buckle daughter Easy for 33mo old daughter to climb in/out Lots more room in backseat next to this seat! Extended rear facing Perfect for my skinny/tall daughter FAA approved Has pockets in back of seat for extra parts Cons: Very heavy (but makes it sturdy) Not that easy to set up for first time or install We've only had this seat a few weeks, so we don't have long term experience. Before this, we had a Britax marathon that I used in my car for daughter's cousin. Wow, radian is so much narrower and lower to seat! Love that for more room in backseat for passengers! We did have to get the angle adjuster (inexpensive on amazon or walmart) to gain more leg room for front passenger. Angle is adjuster is only for rear facing. This seat is not for moving from car to car due to its weight (~27lbs) but we don't do that, so it works for us. We haven't washed it yet because instructions recommend front loader washer which we don't have. Probably borrow a friends when time comes. Overall, very pleased!!!
The color of the seat is beautiful- which can't be said for many car seats. The folding feature was especially helpful when we flew and needed to gate check it. It's heavy, but with the exception of flying, we don't plan to take it out of car. It's easy to get our daughter in and out, even in the middle of the backseat of my Honda Pilot. It's fairly easy to install once you're acquainted with all the pieces.
the Diono Radian RXT is one nice car seat! high quality, highly rated, versatile, airline approved, heavy duty. It can even be folded for transport (worn like a backpack), used as an infant seat (both rear and forward facing and can be top-tethered for either direction) and converts to a booster! The material is very soft and plush, there's several options for cup holders, the straps are easy to maneuver and I love how you ratchet pull for a tight fit. We bought this to replace our little girl's infant seat and we won't have to buy another seat as she gets older. Diono's website even has helpful videos to compliment their instruction manual. I highly recommend this car seat!
So happy I decided to check overstock.com for this carseat! The Diono Radian seats were sold out everywould and didn't come with *** shipping which I imagine would cost a small fortune considering it weighs close to 30lbs. Anyway overstock had it in plum and for a very low price and I ordered right away. The seat is wonderful for my 15 month old. Very comfty and I like the very open design. She also seems happier in it because she can see out the window better. Installation was easy and we had no problem adjusting the straps (which I read was a common complaint). I was worried as this was my first time purchasing from this website but the price was great, arrived in perfect condition and shipping was quick.