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Maxi-Cosi Magellan LiftFit vs. Pria All-in-One Convertible Car Seat

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In the ultimate showdown of Maxi-Cosi convertible car seats, we present two heavyweight contenders…  The Magellan LiftFit and the Pria All-in-One Convertible Car Seat!  

Designed to be a parent's trusty sidekick, these seats promise a seamless journey from infancy through the toddler years and beyond.  

But, as any parent knows, the devil's in the details. In this tale of the tape, we unravel the unique features that make each car seat a standout in its own right. 

Tale of the Tape 

MAGELLAN LIFTFIT SPECS:  

  • Rear-facing Mode (Infant/Toddler): 5 to 40 lbs. and under 40" high 
  • Forward-facing Mode (Toddler/Big Kid): 22 to 65 lbs. and 29 to 49" high 
  • Big Kid Booster Mode: 40 to 100 lbs. and 43 to 52” high 
  • Car Seat Dimensions: 25.5” L x 19.25” W x 26” H 
  • Car Seat Weight: 25 lbs. 

PRIA SPECS: 

  • Rear-facing Mode (Infant/Toddler): 4 to 40 lbs. and 19 to 40" high 
  • Forward-facing Mode (Toddler/Big Kid): 22 to 65 lbs. and 29 to 49" high 
  • Big Kid Booster Mode: 40 to 100 lbs. and 43 to 52” high 
  • Car Seat Dimensions: 24" L x 18.5" W x 25" H  
  • Car Seat Weight: 23 lbs.

These two seats have nearly identical specs when it comes to size and weight capacities. However, the Pria is slightly slimmer and weighs a few pounds less than the Magellan. 

Similar Seats 

These top convertible car seats share many of the same design and performance features.  

Here’s a list of their similarities: 

    • 3 Seats in 1: You get convenient versatility in three modes (rear-facing, forward-facing, and booster seat) accommodating your child from birth until around 10 years old.

    • Simple Install: Both the LiftFit and Pria offer easy installation. Whether you prefer LATCH or your vehicle’s seat belt, rest assured that securing these convertible car seats is a breeze, providing you with peace of mind on every journey.

    • Safe Fabrics: Maxi-Cosi’s PureCosi fabrics elevate your child’s comfort and safety. These materials are thoughtfully crafted without wool or added fire retardant treatment, while still meeting or exceeding flammability standards.

    • Easy Cleaning: Babies are messy, but fret not! The seat pad and harness covers of both models are not only designed for comfort but are also easy to maintain. Simply toss them into the washing machine and dryer for a stress-free cleanup.

    • Bodacious Buckle: We love the ClipQuik auto-magnetic chest clip because it makes fastening (and unfastening) super simple. The best part? It’s baby-proof! No more worrying about curious hands attempting to unclip it during the journey.

    • Headrest & Harness: The LiftFit and Pria ensure that the harness and headrest height automatically rise together, providing a customized and safe fit as your child grows.

    • Convenient Cup Holders: Both models come equipped with two removable, BPA-free cup holders that are dishwasher safe, making it easy to keep drinks and snacks within arm's reach without compromising cleanliness.

    • Aircraft Certified: Planning a trip? Both seats are certified for aircraft use. Travel with confidence, knowing your child's safety is top-notch, even at cruising altitude!

                  Different Designs 

                  Though they share many foundational similarities, the LiftFit and Pria differ in quite a few ways too: 

                  • Infant Wedge: The Pria goes the extra mile for infants by providing a removable wedge, offering additional postural support and comfort during those early months.  
                  • Anti-Rebound Bar: When it comes to rear-facing safety, the Pria takes the lead with its padded anti-rebound bar. This feature limits rotation in the event of a sudden stop or crash, providing an extra layer of protection for your precious cargo. 
                  • Innovative Harnesses: Getting a fussy baby in and out of a car seat can be a struggle! The LiftFit simplifies this with a clever spring-assist system that keeps the harness out of the way. In contrast, the Pria comes with harness holders that conveniently hold back the straps.  
                  • Adjustable Positions: The LiftFit boasts a 14-position no-rethread adjustable headrest, catering to your child's growth. Meanwhile, Pria offers five headrest positions. Regarding seat recline, Magellan LiftFit provides seven positions, offering more flexibility compared to Pria's three positions. 
                  • Side Impact Protection: Designed into the LiftFit is three-position Comfort Adjust Torso Protection. This physically raises your child as they grow, ensuring maximum comfort and a proper fit at every stage (hence the name, LiftFit!). Pria, on the other hand, features GCell HX Foam, safeguarding your child's head in the event of a side impact crash. 
                  • Colour Options: While the LiftFit comes in a single classic colour option, the Pria provides parents with a palette of choices, offering six colour variations to suit personal preferences and style. 
                  • Pricing: When it comes to cost, the Pria offers a slightly more budget-friendly option.

                  Clash of the Convertibles 

                  Both the Magellan LiftFit and the Pria are strikingly similar in their commitment to safety, comfort, and convenience, yet each flaunts its distinctive flair.  

                  Whether you lean towards the LiftFit's clever harness design or the Pria's anti-rebound bar, both promise to be your trusty co-pilot through the wild ride of parenthood! 

                  For more information, check out our full in-depth review of the Pria Convertible Car Seat and the Magellan LiftFit.