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Monthly Archive:: July 2012

Minivan or SUV?

It’s a decades long debate for moms and dads.  Accept the minivan stigma?  Or, opt for the “rugged” 3-row crossover or even a monster truck-based SUV with a third row of seating.  Comparisons with advantages and disadvantages are frequent, even at our car safety discussion forum.  In short, by accepting the minivan image, you get a vehicle that generally costs less, offers better interior space, more flexible seating options and improved fuel economy.  On the other hand, SUVs tend to have more readily available options for all-wheel drive and increased towing limit packages.  Let’s take a look at some upscale choices (details provided by manufacturers’ websites and cars.com) including two minivans, two crossovers and three full-size truck based SUVs, ranked in order of overall EPA fuel economy:

2012 Honda Odyssey Touring 2WD:  19mpg city, 28 mpg highway, 22 mpg overall.  148.5 cu. ft. max cargo volume.  3500 lb. towing limit.  $41,330 MSRP

2012 Toyota Sienna AWD Limited: 17mpg city, 23mpg highway, 19mpg overall.  150 cu. ft. cargo volume.  3500 lb. towing limit.  $40,570 MSRP

2012 Dodge Durango R/T AWD 13mpg city

2012 Buick Enclave 2WD Premium: 17mpg city, 24 mpg highway, 19mpg overall.  115 cu. ft. cargo volume.  2000 lb. towing limit.  $43,165 MSRP

2102 Dodge Durango Citadel AWD V6: 16 mpg city, 23mpg highway, 19 mpg overall, 84.5 cu. ft. cargo volume, 6200+ lb. towing limit, $43, 195

2012 Chevrolet Suburban 2WD LT 1500: 15 mpg city, 21 mpg highway, 17mpg overall.  137.4 cu ft cargo volume, 5000+ lb towing limit .  $45,980 MSRP

Here Kiddy, Kiddy! Unboxing Videos of Kiddy World Plus & Kiddy Cruiser Fix Pro Boosters!

We’re having a special today on Kiddy unboxing videos! Get two, that’s right, TWO incredible unboxing videos absolutely free if you act right now! But supplies are limited so don’t delay – act within the next 10 minutes and we’ll throw in specs and features from the manufacturer’s website absolutely free. That’s right – more information for absolutely no charge!!!  The Kiddy CruiserFix Pro retails for $219 with Free Shipping and Free Returns at Amazon.com.   The Kiddy World Plus Combination Seat retails for $279 with Free Shipping and Free Returns.  Please watch for our Kiddy CruiserFix Pro Review and Kiddy World Plus Review!

 

 

The Kiddy CruiserFix Pro Features Include:

  • 33-100 lbs.
  • Superior Side Impact Protection (SIP)
  • KSA – Kiddy Shock Absorber
  • Kiddy K-fix Connectors
  • NEW Integrated Diagonal Belt Guide
  • Breathable Thermotex Fabric
  • Handy Retraction Mechanism
  • Easy Adjustment
  • Durable Cover

 

 

The Kiddy World Plus Features Include:

  • 22-110 lbs. (Sorry I incorrectly said 100 lbs. in the video!)
  • Original Kiddy Protection Shield
  • Side Impact Protection (SIP)
  • Use in aircraft
  • Easy adjustable Headrest
  • Durable Cover
  • Comfortable Armrests
  • 2 – Way Seat Cushion
  • Integrated Shoulder Belt Guides
  • Lightweight design (only 15 lbs)

 

Please stay tuned for our reviews of the Kiddy CruiserFix Pro and the Kiddy World Plus at CarseatBlog.com!

CarseatBlog’s Updated List of Recommended Carseats for Preemies & Multiples!

We’re happy to announce that we’ve updated our list of Recommended Infant Carseats for Preemies & Multiples! Our original list of Best Bets in this category included the original Chicco KeyFit & KeyFit 30, Britax Chaperone & B-Safe, Safety 1st onBoard 35 & onBoard 35 Air. Since we posted that list of recommendations over a year ago we’ve reviewed several new or updated infant seats that we feel comfortable adding to the list.

Please join me in welcoming the Safety 1st Comfy Carry Elite Plus, the new Graco SnugRide 35 (specifically, the newest model rated down to 4 lbs) and the Evenflo Embrace 35. All of these seats have a minimum weight rating of 4 lbs, fit our preemie doll well, are easy to use correctly and are relatively easy to install properly in a variety of vehicles.  We have links to the full reviews for each of these seats as well as other important information on our page dedicated to preemies and carseat issues.

Additionally, we’re very pleased that three of the seats on our new expanded list are priced under $100! The Safety 1st Comfy Carry Elite Plus, Safety 1st onBoard 35 and Evenflo Embrace 35 are all what I like to call “budget-friendly”.  And let’s face it – price and value are always important but those factors take on special meaning if you’re operating on a tight budget and/or if you’re faced with the reality of having to buy two, three (or more!) of everything.

Here at CarseatBlog we really appreciate the fact that CR manufacturers are paying more attention to the needs of preemies and low birthweight babies. With eight infant carseats now on our list, in all different price ranges, this is a giant leap in the right direction. Hopefully we’ll be able to recommend a few more options (including convertible seats) in the near future!

 

Hot Amazon Deals on some of our Favorite CRs from Britax, Evenflo, Clek & More!

Some of these Amazon deals may have longevity but most are going to be strictly “while supplies last”, so don’t dilly-dally if you find a great price on something you really need or just seriously want.  I’ve only listed items with FREE SHIP and in most cases FREE RETURNS just in case it doesn’t work out.  Here at CarseatBlog.com we always recommend that you “try before you buy” but we understand that’s just not possible in many situations. Free shipping with free returns, in case it doesn’t pan out for whatever reason, is the next best thing!

 

Britax Free Ride Event: Purchase a Britax B-Ready Stroller, get a select infant carseat (B-safe or Chaperone), bassinet, or second stroller seat for free (offer ends 7/31)

 

Infant Seats:

Evenflo Embrace 35 in Breakout or Alahambra $86.67

 

Safety 1st OnBoard 35 Air in Decatur $135.00

 

Safety 1st OnBoard 35 Air in Calie $132.53

 

 

Convertible Seats:

Evenflo Tribute Sport in Daisy Doodle $35.00

 

Britax Marathon 70 in Chili Pepper or Azalea $199.99

 

Diono RXT in Trekk $277.41

 

 

 

 

Combination Seats:

Evenflo Maestro in Keller or Adele $67.99

 

Graco Nautilus in Matrix $137.98

 

 

Belt-Positioning Boosters:

Clek Oobr in Drift $199

 

The First Years Compass B540 in Sticks & Stones $69.00

 

Chicco KeyFit Strada in Pearl $109.99

 

We have quality, professional reviews of most of these carseats and boosters so if you’re looking for more info on a particular seat just use the blog’s search feature and chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for! If not – feel free to ask questions!  :)