The Maxi Cosi Pria 70 replaces the very popular Maxi Cosi Priori car seat. The Priori was a best seller among convertible seats but had a relatively low weight limit for a convertible at 40 lbs forward facing. The Pria can be used forward facing all the way up to 70 lbs and can also be used for newborns as small as 4 lbs. Dorel Industries, makers of Maxi Cosi car seats, has in fact centered it’s promotion of the Pria 70 around the versatility of it’s fit. They emphasize the fact that it can be used for such a wide range of children from premies to full grown kids.
The TinyFit system is an insert that hugs smaller babies from 4 to 22 lbs and keeps them from moving around in the seat . The TinyFit insert provides 3 harness slots while the seat itself has 12 slots. Whereas most car seats begin their harness adjustments at 9 inches, the TinyFit system starts it at just 5 inches, giving a far superior fit for smaller children. Maxi Cosi also includes a small infant chest clip with the Pria 70 than the full size clip already threaded on the harness. You can change the clip when your child outgrows the smaller one.
The Pria’s most prominent safety feature is it’s Air Protect Side Impact Protection System. Car seats usually feature EPP foam inserts to dissipate crash energy and provide protection to it’s child occupants. In the Pria 70, the headrest, linings and TinyFit system feature air filled cushions instead. The cushions leave 6 inches of head space at the narrowest point, where the neck would be in the headrest and the high sides provide protection against door intrusion.
The Pria 70 also features some really convenient features. It installs in a more upright position than usual providing more leg room for front seat occupants and taking up less space in the rear seat. It has easy to install one click LATCH connectors and the installation systems are color coded for simplicity. Also, the flexible rubber cup holder is deep, ensuring that cups won’t tip.
Features of the Maxi Cosi Pria 70:
- The TinyFit system fits infants from 4 to 22 lbs.
- Without the TinyFit system, the seat fits toddlers from 18 to 40 lbs and up to 40 inches in the rear facing position.
- In the forward facing position, it will accommodate children up to 70 lbs and 52 inches tall.
- Installation systems are color coded.
- Deep recline angle adjustment.
- Upright install which provides more legroom for front seat occupants.
- 6 year expiration.
- FAA-approved for use in aircraft.
- Made in the U.S.A.
Some of the safety features of the Maxi Cosi Pria 70:
- 5 point harness system.
- One click LATCH connectors.
- 12 harness slot positions on seat.
- 3 harness slot positions on TinyFit insert.
- FlexTech system for multi-directional energy management.
- Air Protect Side Impact Technology which features air filled cushions for protection.
How do customers like the Maxi Cosi Pria 70?
At the time of this review, the Pria 70, while being new to the market has quickly become very popular. It had 51 customer reviews on Amazon and scoring 4.3 out of 5 stars. 32 of the 51 reviewers had it rated at 5 stars and 9 had it at 4 stars. With 41 out of 51 reviews at 4 stars or higher, the Pria 70 promises to be one of the most popular car seats in the next few years.
The main aspects of the seat that customers liked were how thickly padded and comfortable the Pria is, the easy to slide headrest, the roominess of it’s upright installation and the sturdiness of the seat.
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Main positives of the Maxi Cosi Pria 70 Convertible Car Seat according to buyers:
- Harness adjustment is very easy according to multiple customers.
- Customers liked the comfort of the thickly padded cover. This was the most frequently cited plus of the Pria 70 from actual buyers.
- The Pria’s large range of fit, both for small infants and larger kids was very popular with customers.
- Headrest adjustment requires only a quick movement with one hand.
- More than one customer complimented the Pria’s cupholder, saying that the cup is within easy reach for the child and it’s deepness makes spills less likely.
- Fits well in smaller vehicles.
- Babies seem to like the tall ride height and being able to look out the window.
Main customer complaints about the Maxi Cosi Pria 70 Convertible Car Seat:
The seat’s main complaint among users is it’s weight. The Pria 70 is heavy and if you’re taking it on an airplane it’s best to carry it in a cart.
Summary of customer reviews of the Maxi Cosi Pria 70:
At the time of this review, the Maxi Cosi Pria 70 was fairly new to the market, replacing the Maxi Cosi Priori. The popularity of the Priori has carried over to the Pria 70 and it has quickly become one of the more popular convertible car seats available. Most of the reviews from Amazon shoppers rated the Pria 70 a perfect 5 stars, followed by several 4 star ratings but there were also some customers that were not satisfied.
Of the 51 reviews as of this writing, four people gave the Pria 70 the lowest rating of 1 star. We examined those reviews to find specific issues that might be troubling. Each of the four reviewers had separate, unrelated issues and they broke down as follows:
One customer complained that the Pria 70 did not fit in her large SUV, saying that the LATCH belt is too short to connect. She also stated that the seat is bulky and hit the back of the driver’s seat.
The next customer was unhappy that on first use, a spring came out of the headrest adjustment, making it difficult to move the headrest until she discovered the missing spring and replaced it.
The following customer had a complaint about the seller of the seat and that vendor’s customer service.
The last customer was upset at the price of the Pria 70 saying that this is essentially the same seat as the Cosco Scenera, a sub $50 seat.
We honestly do not feel that these four 1 star ratings indicate any problem or issue to be concerned with on the Pria 70. What we did find as negatives on the Pria was the fact that it is big and heavy, making it impractical to carry around if you need to constantly switch one car seat from one vehicle to another or are a frequent traveler that carries your car seat on airlines. For frequent air travelers, we would recommend the Diono Radian RXT.
Another negative is the fact that the cover is not machine washable. This is fairly common among car seats with the majority of car seats being hand wash only and just a few being machine washable.
Apart from those negatives, we found the Maxi Cosi Pria 70 to be a strong contender. It is a higher priced car seat and brings some of the features that you would expect from a seat in this price range: soft comfortable padding, easy harness and strap adjustment, high level safety features such as side impact protection and a sturdy feel.
Customers reviewing the Pria 70 seem to concur with our observations, giving the Pria their vote with a top ranking and also with a large volume of sales, making the Pria 70 a best selling and highly rated convertible car seat.