Summary: Don't try to put this in a Hyundai Sonata. I spent two days trying to get it tight and safe with no success. The seat is too wide and the clips too close together to tighten the base with the latch system. Will probably have to throw it out or buy a new car.
Summary: I really wanted a car seat that would allow my daughter to ride rear facing for a longer period of time. After looking up car seats online, the Sunshine Kids Radian65 SL car seat seemed like the best option with a fairly decent price. I was a little wary about installing the seat since so many users have commented negatively on just how difficult it is, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn't all that difficult.
Summary: Pros: 1. Remarkably sturdy seat 2. Narrower than most other models in the market 3. Easy to use 4. Folds up quite compact Cons: 1. H-e-a-v-y! 2. Not as narrow as I expected... I was hoping for the center seating area to have a bit more room with two of these seats on either side 3.
Summary: After surviving a high speed rear end hit from behind while were were stopped in traffic on the highway, I felt good knowing that my children (10 mo. and two) were in nice, solid car seats. They were uninjured and the next day I ordered the exact same car seats again. My husband and I also took these cross country via airplane twice and although they weren't the lightest to carry, I again felt good that they were made of tough metal inside and not just cheap plastic.
Summary: The Radian seats are great seats in general, but the main reason to buy one is that they are very, very narrow. Note in the picture that they lack the typical "wing" that most car seats have. If you have ever tried to put three carseats across the back seat of any vehicle, you'll have cursed the design of those wide flaring wings that the Britax and Evenflo are famous for.
Summary: We bought this for air travel and for a small Subaru wagon after our daughter was spilling out of her infant seat. It has many installation options, so you have to find the right one in the manual. There are little quirks that you can't gloss over, e.g. you have to use the safestop accessory in forward facing <40 lb installation. The LATCH system works fine, and I finally figured out that the "top tether" in my cargo area wasn't just some random tie down.
Summary: Have 2 Maxi-Cosi seats that have worked great for the past 2 years with our daughter. Have one in the back seat of my truck and one in the back seat of my wife's car. Have another baby one on the way and cannot fit 2 large car seats, a large dog, and my wife and I for family trips in a normal vehicle. Bought this car seat to try out in my extended cab F150. I have a bench seat in the front and have this car seat in the middle.
Summary: I like this seat very much. It is narrow and takes up less space then the bulky seats. I have only used it facing forward. It is easy to install although I had a little trouble with the superlatch at first. It was sticking for some reason and did not latch properly. My kids have both fallen asleep in these seats and they seam to have enough support. Seat does fold easily but is heavy if you are going to be carrying through airports.
Summary: I've had this seat for several years. It's a reasonably good seat. However, there are several issues worth mentioning. It does fold flat, which sounds great in theory. The problem is that the seat is so heavy that schlepping it through an airport is truly unpleasant. I've also found it very difficult to weave an airplane seatbelt behind the seat in order to secure it (complicated of course by everyone else trying to board the plane around you).
Summary: We bought this seat when we were expecting our third little one. It has allowed us to fit 3 carseats across the back seat of our Honda Acord with no problem (one Britax Roundabout, one Graco snugride for the new little one, and this Radian.) We love the seat. Our son is very comfortable in it and can do the buckles himself. We will probably be getting another when the baby outgrows her baby seat.