Graco Contender 65 Reviews

The graco contender 65 lets your children enjoy premium features and comfort without the parents having to shell out premium price. The seat will serve your kids for eight years but you will have to wrestle with straps and buckles all the time. The seat accommodates your child from birth to school. The child has to be seated in the rear facing mode for one year of age and shifted to forward facing mode once the child reaches 40 pounds. The child can stay in this mode till the weight touches 65 pounds.

Graco contender 65 comes with a cup holder and has no-thread harness adjustment feature. In case you want to connect a stroller to your seat you will have to purchase a separate travel system. The market has similarly named graco seats that almost resemble Graco contender and it is difficult for parent to decide the choice. When you compare Size4Me 65, MySize 65 and Fit4Me 65 car seats you will not find any significant differences. But you will find a few differences between Graco contender 65 and them. Though there are not many you will have to know even the minimal differences before buying Graco contender 65.

General features of Graco contender 65

Features Graco Contender 65
Manufacturer Graco
Rear facing weight 4 to 40 lbs
Rear facing height One inch below the headrest button
Forward facing weight 22 to 65 lbs
No-rethread harness Yes
LATCH installation Yes
Harness height range 17 to 17.5 inches
Top tether Yes
Infant insert Yes
Cup holder Yes
Seat expiration 7 years
FAA approved for air travel Yes

One small downside of Graco Contender 65 is that its rear facing weight limit is just 40 pounds. Though it falls in the normal range of convertible car seats, you cannot expect an extended life for rear facing seating that is acquired with other convertible seat models. Your child can be seated in rear facing mode till up to the age of 3 which this seat will offer. But if you want an extended rear facing seating you will have to look for a genuine extended rear facing seat by shelling out more money for this option. With the weight and height range mentioned most children will be able to use the Graco Contender 65 until they are 6 to 7 years of age.

The Graco Contender 65 comes with standard LATCH installation system. It does not feature the InRight LATCH installation system that the car seat Size4Me has. It comes with a simply push button mechanism. If you are fine with using standard LATCH connector for installation you can stick to Graco Contender 65. The seat is lined with EPS foam that absorbs energy during the collision. The seat exceeds or meets all the US safety standards when tested for side impact protection. The other features include EPS foam lined head wings for side impact protection, machine washable seat pads, cup holder, 3-position recline with indicator, FAA approval for aircraft travel, etc.

Graco Contender 65 is the right choice if you have a small budget and those who are looking for lower cost seat for second hand vehicles. Lack of certain convenience features is the reason for lower cost.