The Best Convertible Car Seats: Three That Are Rated High and Priced Low

In the market for a convertible care seat? Here are three of the best convertible car seats available today that are prices low and rated highly by Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports ratings are always highly respected and their car seat rankings are no different.   The Cosco Scenera, the Evenflo Triumph and the Graco My Ride 65 are three seats that received great rankings.

These 3 seats were tested and recommended by Consumer Reports as the best convertible car seats on the market for the price.  They divided their rankings between convertible seats that are designed for 40 pound maximum weight and the second group includes seats that fit children who weigh more than 40 pounds.

The Cosco Scenera Convertible Car Seat

The first of the 3 seats is the Cosco Scenera.  It’s a seat that’s rear facing from a child’s weight of 5-35 pounds and forward facing from 22-40 pounds.

With a price tag of around $60 this seat was rated excellent for safety and also for its forward facing fit to vehicles.  It was rated as good for ease of use which has to do with installation and latching.

The Evenflo Triumph Advance DLX

The Evenflo Triumph Advance DLX is a step up in price and quality.  The Triumph is a convertible that is rear facing from 5-35 pounds and front facing from 20-50 pounds.

It’s a seat that’s much more plush than the Scenera and will give use for a longer time because of its ability to accommodate larger children.  Consumer Reports says this seat is one of the easiest to use which is important as some car seats are difficult to install correctly.

C.R. rated the Evenflo Triumph as excellent in safety and its forward facing fit to cars.  The price is in the $130 range.

The Graco My Ride 65

The third seat that Consumer Reports gave high marks to is the Graco My Ride 65.  Graco makes some of the best convertible car seats on the market.

The Graco My Ride is my favorite of the 3 seats.  It is rear facing until a child’s weight of 40 pounds.  This is great since the safest position for a car seat to truly protect a youngster is facing the rear.

When your child grows out of the rear facing position, the seat functions as a front facing seat until a youngster reaches the weight of 65 pounds.  This means you have more time before having to replace the seat with a booster seat at some point.

This seat is selling now for around $129.  With it’s high Consumer Reports ranking, low price and number of years you’ll use it, the My Ride is a good choice.

All of the 3 seats are good solid seats and with their high rankings for safety and ease of use, it’s obvious why Consumer Reports rated them well.  This along with low price makes these seats popular and best sellers in the present economy.

Jerry Patterson is a father and grandfather.  He’s an advocate of child safety and created the site, Car Seats Reviews at  His site has many informational articles and he reviews the top rated childrens car seats.  In his car seat reviews section he recently reviewed the highly rated Britax Frontier 85 Booster Seat.
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  1. I know the Britax is expensive, but how does it rate safety wise? When do people usually buy convertable seats? 1st birthday?