The Skinny

The Graco Extend2Fit is a higher-end Graco option with impressive crash test results. This seat is relatively lightweight and easy to use, with dual cup holders, harness retainer, and a cool footrest to prevent dangling legs. The Extend2Fit can remain rear-facing up to 50 lbs, making it one of two in the review that can, and it sports a no-rethread harness height adjustment you can operate with your baby in the seat. This Graco is almost 19 inches wide making it a poor choice if you need to fit three across or two and an adult. It can be somewhat harder to install than the competition and the quality is not as nice as other similarly priced products. However, it has a budget-friendly price and children can remain rear-facing longer, which has been proven to be safer. So if you are looking for great crash tests results, with a great price, this Graco could be the one for you.

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Graco company started in 1953 after Graco Metal Products decided to shift gears by hiring an engineer to design new types of products. Rex Thomas, along with David Saint, was inspired by an outdoor glider to create the first baby swing. The unique swing went on to sell millions catapulting Graco onto the baby gear scene. Over the years, Graco has continued to design and create useful gear including car seats, strollers, playyards, and more.

The Graco Extend2Fit is a nicer Graco option with impressive crash test results.

The Graco Extend2Fit is a nicer Graco option with impressive crash test results.

 

Performance Comparison

The Graco Extend2Fit (in blue) impressed testers with its ease of use and above average crash test results.

Overall Score (0-100)30405060708090Boulevard ClickTight ARBClek FoonfEmblemMarathon ClickTight ARBAllegianceGraco Extend2FitAdvocate ClickTight ARBChicco NextFitPrimo Viaggio ConvertibleClek FlloMaxi-Cosi Pria 70Evenflo Tribute LXGraco MyRide 65 LXDiono Radian RXTAlpha Elite 65847977777676747270686766545349

Product Overall Score (0-100)
Boulevard ClickTight ARB 84
Clek Foonf 79
Emblem 77
Marathon ClickTight ARB 77
Allegiance 76
Graco Extend2Fit 76
Advocate ClickTight ARB 74
Chicco NextFit 72
Primo Viaggio Convertible 70
Clek Fllo 68
Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 67
Evenflo Tribute LX 66
Graco MyRide 65 LX 54
Diono Radian RXT 53
Alpha Elite 65 49

The Extend2Fit performance details from our testing are included below.

The headrest of the Extend2Fit has dense EPS foam for impact absorption in addition to the padding that is part of the main shell.

The headrest of the Extend2Fit has dense EPS foam for impact absorption in addition to the padding that is part of the main shell.

 

Crash Test

The Extend2Fit earned an impressive 9 of 10 for crash test results which makes it the top product in this metric.

Crash Test Rating0246810Graco Extend2FitEmblemAllegianceEvenflo Tribute LXMaxi-Cosi Pria 70Clek FlloClek FoonfBoulevard ClickTight ARBAlpha Elite 65Marathon ClickTight ARBChicco NextFitGraco MyRide 65 LXPrimo Viaggio ConvertibleAdvocate ClickTight ARBDiono Radian RXT988887766555542

Product Crash Test Rating
Graco Extend2Fit 9
Emblem 8
Allegiance 8
Evenflo Tribute LX 8
Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 8
Clek Fllo 7
Clek Foonf 7
Boulevard ClickTight ARB 6
Alpha Elite 65 6
Marathon ClickTight ARB 5
Chicco NextFit 5
Graco MyRide 65 LX 5
Primo Viaggio Convertible 5
Advocate ClickTight ARB 4
Diono Radian RXT 2

While this Graco did not earn the top results for the head sensor (HIC) or the chest clip sensor (g clip), it did have the best-combined results for the group. While every car seat on the market in the US must meet or exceed the Federal guidelines outlined in FMVSS 213, some seats do a better job than others with more impressive results that indicate an additional margin of protection. The Graco is definitely one of these seats.

This Graco has a HIC result of 214 Gs where the high is 1000 and a lower result is better. The best result for this sensor is 186 earned by the Essentials by Britax Allegiance. The graph below shows a comparison of the Extend2Fit and the Allegiance.

The Extend2Fit has a HIC result of 214 which is one of the best in the group. The graph shows this value in comparison to the best in the group of 186 earned by the Essentials by Britax Allegiance.

The Extend2Fit has a HIC result of 214 which is one of the best in the group. The graph shows this value in comparison to the best in the group of 186 earned by the Essentials by Britax Allegiance.

The Extend2Fit has a better than average chest sensor result with a 40 Gs but it isn't enough to keep up with the Clek Foonf and its result of 33.4 Gs.

The Extend2Fit has a better than average chest sensor result with a 40 Gs, but it isn’t enough to keep up with the Clek Foonf and its result of 33.4 Gs.

The Extend2Fit chest clip sensor result is 40 where the maximum allowed is 60, and a lower result is better. This result is impressive but can’t compete with the Clek Foonf and its 33.4 Gs result. The graph above shows the two in comparison. Only three products earned a better result during testing.

Installing the Extend2Fit using the LATCH method isn't difficult but the one-sided tightening strap made it more difficult to secure the seat than competition with center straps or self-ratcheting features.
The LATCH system for the Extend2Fit forward-facing configuration uses the same belt pathway as the vehicle belt.

 

Ease of Install – LATCH

If possible, you want to choose LATCH anchor installation for your Extend2Fit because it is easier earning an 8 of 10.

Ease Of Install LATCH Rating024681012Boulevard ClickTight ARBClek FoonfAdvocate ClickTight ARBMarathon ClickTight ARBChicco NextFitAllegianceEmblemGraco Extend2FitPrimo Viaggio ConvertibleClek FlloDiono Radian RXTMaxi-Cosi Pria 70Evenflo Tribute LXGraco MyRide 65 LXAlpha Elite 6510109998888777654

Product Ease Of Install LATCH Rating
Boulevard ClickTight ARB 10
Clek Foonf 10
Advocate ClickTight ARB 9
Marathon ClickTight ARB 9
Chicco NextFit 9
Allegiance 8
Emblem 8
Graco Extend2Fit 8
Primo Viaggio Convertible 8
Clek Fllo 7
Diono Radian RXT 7
Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 7
Evenflo Tribute LX 6
Graco MyRide 65 LX 5
Alpha Elite 65 4

This method is not only easier but for the most part creates a more stable seat.

The Extend2Fit has the push button style LATCH anchor we believe are easier to use both for attaching to the car and removal.

The Extend2Fit has the push button style LATCH anchor we believe are easier to use both for attaching to the car and removal.

This Graco has the push button style of LATCH anchor which we feel is easier to use, especially when trying to remove the clip from the car. The LATCH straps use the same belt pathway you use for the vehicle belt installation, but it only has a one-sided strap pull for tightening. This can be challenging compared to options with unique tightening methods like self-ratcheting straps and center pull tightening.

THe Extend2Fit level is a metal ball in a plastic case on the sie of the seat. The acceptable angle for installation is based on the age of your child.
Reclining the Extend2Fit will help you achieve the correct angle during installation.

The Graco has a side level that consists of a metal ball in a plastic case. This level helps parents determine when they have the seat properly installed. The angle adjustment on the Extend2Fit is simple and adjusts the angle to assist with installation.

The rear-facing configuration of the Extend2Fit using the vehicle belt was the most difficult installation method to perform and get a stable feeling seat in the end.
The belt pathway on the Extend2Fit is harder to use than the competition.

 

Ease of Install – Belt

Installing the Extend2Fit using your vehicle belt is going to be your toughest challenge with this Graco earning only 7 of 10 for this metric.

Ease Of Install Belt Rating0246810Boulevard ClickTight ARBAdvocate ClickTight ARBMarathon ClickTight ARBClek FoonfChicco NextFitPrimo Viaggio ConvertibleClek FlloDiono Radian RXTAllegianceEmblemGraco Extend2FitMaxi-Cosi Pria 70Evenflo Tribute LXGraco MyRide 65 LXAlpha Elite 651099988777777665

Product Ease Of Install Belt Rating
Boulevard ClickTight ARB 10
Advocate ClickTight ARB 9
Marathon ClickTight ARB 9
Clek Foonf 9
Chicco NextFit 8
Primo Viaggio Convertible 8
Clek Fllo 7
Diono Radian RXT 7
Allegiance 7
Emblem 7
Graco Extend2Fit 7
Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 7
Evenflo Tribute LX 6
Graco MyRide 65 LX 6
Alpha Elite 65 5

In the event that your vehicle doesn’t have LATCH anchors in your chosen position, or your little one has outgrown the LATCH connectors, you’ll need to install your seat using the vehicle belt.

Rear-facing installation for the Extend2Fit was the most challenging installation for us with an increased difficulty getting the seat stable.

Rear-facing installation for the Extend2Fit was the most challenging installation for us with an increased difficulty getting the seat stable.

For the rear-facing configuration, which the Extend2Fit can remain up to 50 lbs, the belt pathway runs through the foot end of the seat (above left). It is easy enough to find, but you do need to navigate without seeing it. Changing the belt from front to back is also a pain unless you remove the fabric which is another degree of difficulty. This Graco doesn’t have a belt lock-off which we find helps with stability, but this one wasn’t as wobbly as some of the other options that lack the lock-off. We had the most difficulty getting this seat installed in the rear-facing position.

The belt path for the forward facing configuration is harder to use because you can't see what is going on. Removing the cover for visibility is also challenging.

The belt path for the forward facing configuration is harder to use because you can’t see what is going on. Removing the cover for visibility is also challenging.

Installing forward facing uses a belt pathway on the back of the seat near the seat bottom. This method is easier with a lap only belt but can be done with a lap/shoulder belt as well. The Extend2Fit is the most stable in the forward facing configuration using the lap/shoulder belt.

The Extend2Fit is easy to use with the second highest ease of use score in the group.

The Extend2Fit is easy to use with the second highest ease of use score in the group.

 

Ease of Use

The Extend2Fit is one of the easier options to use with a 7 of 10 score for the metric where the high for the group is only 8.

Ease Of Use Rating456789Advocate ClickTight ARBBoulevard ClickTight ARBMarathon ClickTight ARBAllegianceEmblemEvenflo Tribute LXGraco Extend2FitPrimo Viaggio ConvertibleChicco NextFitGraco MyRide 65 LXClek FlloClek FoonfDiono Radian RXTMaxi-Cosi Pria 70Alpha Elite 65888887776655555

Product Ease Of Use Rating
Advocate ClickTight ARB 8
Boulevard ClickTight ARB 8
Marathon ClickTight ARB 8
Allegiance 8
Emblem 8
Evenflo Tribute LX 7
Graco Extend2Fit 7
Primo Viaggio Convertible 7
Chicco NextFit 6
Graco MyRide 65 LX 6
Clek Fllo 5
Clek Foonf 5
Diono Radian RXT 5
Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 5
Alpha Elite 65 5

The features and daily functionality of this Graco make it a pleasure to use compared to much of the competition.

The chest clip of this Graco is convoluted and not intuitive.

The chest clip of this Graco is convoluted and not intuitive.

 

Harness

The Extend2Fit buckle is similar to the one found on the Britax products. It is somewhat stiff but easy to use. The chest clip n the other hand is convoluted and not as intuitive as the competition; it is the same as the Graco MyRide 65 LX.

The Extend2Fit has a tightening strap on the foot and a harness release button hidden under the fabric and out of the sight of little ones.

The Extend2Fit has a tightening strap on the foot and a harness release button hidden under the fabric and out of the sight of little ones.

The padding on the shoulder straps can get in the way of adjusting and tightening the harness to fit. While they may add comfort, they can be cumbersome. The harness is tightened with a pull strap at the foot of the seat and released with a button above the strap under some fabric.

The Extend2Fit has a non-rethread adjustable harness assembly with ten positions. This features can be used with your little one still in the seat.
The Extend2Fit cover has a built-in harness retainer system to keep the harness open so you don't need to search for it after you put the baby inside.

This Graco has a no-rethread harness assembly to change shoulder heights. It has 10 settings and the crotch strap has 2 for a more specialized fit. It is easy to operate with a lever squeeze (above left) and it moves smoothly up and down. The harness can be retained on each side (above right) so you don’t need to search for the harness under the baby. It’s a nice feature but like other similar designs, we think most parents will stop using it after a few months.

The LATCH anchors on this Graco click onto the shell side about halfway up the seat back.
The Extend2Fit user manual fits in a frame on the top side of the base. This keeps it out of the way and free from the spill and vomit zone.

 

LATCH Storage

The LATCH anchors attach to the underside lip of the Graco shell on either side (above left). This storage design keeps the anchors out of the way, but also leaves them exposed for possible play by little ones. The manual stores on the base under the seat (above right) where it is easy to access but out of the way of spills and potential vomit.

 

Cover

The Graco cover is challenging to get off, but once you do it is machine washable in cold water. We think this is a huge advantage over hand washing or spot cleaning of car seat covers. It can’t go in the drier, however, and must be line dried.

The Extend2Fit has a footrest that little ones can use to avoid dangling legs which can cause discomfort.

The Extend2Fit has a footrest that little ones can use to avoid dangling legs which can cause discomfort.

 

Comfort/Quality

Like most Graco products we’ve tested the Extend2Fit is about average for quality and comfort earning a 6 of 10 result for this metric.

Comfort Quality Rating0246810Advocate ClickTight ARBBoulevard ClickTight ARBMarathon ClickTight ARBChicco NextFitClek FlloClek FoonfEmblemPrimo Viaggio ConvertibleAllegianceDiono Radian RXTGraco Extend2FitMaxi-Cosi Pria 70Graco MyRide 65 LXAlpha Elite 65Evenflo Tribute LX999988887666543

Product Comfort Quality Rating
Advocate ClickTight ARB 9
Boulevard ClickTight ARB 9
Marathon ClickTight ARB 9
Chicco NextFit 9
Clek Fllo 8
Clek Foonf 8
Emblem 8
Primo Viaggio Convertible 8
Allegiance 7
Diono Radian RXT 6
Graco Extend2Fit 6
Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 6
Graco MyRide 65 LX 5
Alpha Elite 65 4
Evenflo Tribute LX 3

While the Extend2Fit seat is a good looking option with adequate padding and friendly fabric, it doesn’t feel as durable or sturdy as much of the competition. The padding could be thicker for better comfort and the fabric weave is loose indicating it will grab dirty and may not last. The fabric also doesn’t cover the shell as well as the competition with the front of the cover coming untucked frequently on our seat.

The Extend2Fit is more self-contained than the Graco MyRide 65 LX but it isn't as sleek and contained as much of the competition.
The Extend2Fit bottom has some smooth parts but there are plastic "fins" that could potentially cause indents or damage to your vehicle seat.

The shell on the Extend2Fit is better and more self-contained (above left) than the Graco MyRide 65 LX so it will be easier to keep clean and has less loose straps and items. The bottom (above right) has two rubber gripping pads and it is smoother than the MyRide, but it still has “fins” and narrow sharper edges that could potentially dent or damage vehicle seats.

This Graco has an extendable leg rest for those little ones that need a place to rest their feet. This increases comfort considerably and is the only seat we reviewed with this kind of feature. Preventing the dreaded leg dangle is definitely a plus to most tiny testers.

The Graco Extend2Fit looks nice but struggles to keep up in a side-by-side comparison with the competition that offers materials that feel more durable and sturdy.

The Graco Extend2Fit looks nice but struggles to keep up in a side-by-side comparison with the competition that offers materials that feel more durable and sturdy.

 

Weight

The Extend2Fit earned a 5 of 10 for weight and size as a result of higher than average weight and width measurments.

Weight Size Rating024681012Evenflo Tribute LXDiono Radian RXTClek FlloAllegianceEmblemGraco MyRide 65 LXPrimo Viaggio ConvertibleBoulevard ClickTight ARBMarathon ClickTight ARBChicco NextFitClek FoonfGraco Extend2FitAlpha Elite 65Advocate ClickTight ARBMaxi-Cosi Pria 701066666655555544

Product Weight Size Rating
Evenflo Tribute LX 10
Diono Radian RXT 6
Clek Fllo 6
Allegiance 6
Emblem 6
Graco MyRide 65 LX 6
Primo Viaggio Convertible 6
Boulevard ClickTight ARB 5
Marathon ClickTight ARB 5
Chicco NextFit 5
Clek Foonf 5
Graco Extend2Fit 5
Alpha Elite 65 5
Advocate ClickTight ARB 4
Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 4

The Extend2Fit weighs 18.7 lbs which is light compared to some options that are between 25 and 30lbs. It isn’t light enough to consider a great travel or city seat because we suspect most parents will not want to carry almost 19 lbs for very long. The width is almost 20 inches at its widest point making it a poor choice if you need to fit three safety seats in the back seat or hope to fit two and another person. The width can potentially increase comfort, but that won’t mean much if you can fit all your kids in your car.

 

Other Versions

Graco also makes the Graco MyRide 65 LX, which did not score very well in our tests with an overall score of only 54. With a rank in the bottom fourth of the products, it is not one we would recommend over the Extend2Fit which has more than 20 points on the MyRide.

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