Maxi-Cosi is Europe’s most popular brand of premium carseats. Even though the Maxi-Cosi carseats sold here in the U.S. are not the same seats that are sold in Europe (due to different standards and regulations), American parents are embracing the brand and everything that it stands for – safety, comfort and style.
Let’s clarify that there are three different models of the Maxi-Cosi Pria convertible that are currently available. Four, if you count the less expensive Maxi-Cosi Vello 65 model which is similar but lacks some of the features found on the various Pria models.
- Original Pria 70 convertible with TinyFit insert: this is the only Pria model that can accommodate a newborn. We have a full review of this Pria 70 with TinyFit model here.
- Pria 70 convertible: 9-40 lbs. rear-facing; 22-70 lbs. forward-facing
- Pria 85 convertible: 14-40 lbs. rear-facing; 22-85 lbs. forward-facing
Differences between Pria 70 & Pria 85 models: Both models have no re-thread harness; deep head wings with Air Protect technology for enhanced side-impact protection; push-on LATCH connectors; 3 position base and integrated cup holder. Pria 70 and Pria 85 models share the same shell but have different minimum and maximum weight limits. Both seats have Air Protect cushions on the headwings but the shape of those cushions are different. Pria 85 model offers harness holders, a cover that is easier to remove and both machine washable and dryer safe.
Pictured below Pria 70 (left) & Pria 85 (right)
Pria 85 Specs:
- Rear-facing: 5-40 lbs., 40″ or less, top of child’s head must be below top of the headrest
- Forward-facing: 22-85 lbs., at least 1 year old, up to 52″ tall
Pria 85 Features:
- No-rethread harness with 9 height positions
- Air Protect® technology for enhanced side-impact protection
- 3-position base
- Premium push-on LATCH connectors
- Harness holder clips (hold harness out of the way while loading and unloading)
- Easy to remove cover is both machine washable & dryer safe
- Premium fabrics
- Separate harness strap covers for kids over 65 lbs. (only required if seat is NOT tethered)
- Integrated cup holder
- FAA approved for use in aircraft
- 10 year lifespan before expiration
- Lowest harness height: 10″
- Highest harness height: 18″
- 3 crotch strap buckle position: 4″, 5″, 6″
- Max internal height measurement (with headrest in highest position): 26″
- Widest point: 20″ (across cupholder area)
- Back of shell width: 11″ (very narrow)
- Base dimensions: 11″ wide x 13″ long
- Weight: 18.8 lbs. (according to my digital bathroom scale)
Each Pria 85 model comes with optional harness strap covers and a buckle pad. The buckle pad is designed in a way that it stays put so it won’t come off all the time and be easily lost. As a mom it was always the little things like that that I really appreciated! There is a second set of harness strap covers that are hidden in a little pocket on the side of the cover. Those harness pads are ONLY required if you have a kid over 65 lbs. and the seat is NOT tethered. If you have installed the Pria 85 using the tether strap there is no need to ever use those strap covers. The good news is that the extra strap covers are very similar to the regular strap covers so if you ever did need to use them, they shouldn’t be too obnoxious or annoying. The only difference is that the over 65 lbs. covers have grippy material inside and a strip of grippy material on the back.