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Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1

The original Graco Extend2Fit (review) convertible car seat was one of the first with a 50-pound rear-facing limit! This updated version is even better than the original! It’s still one of the best convertible car seats for small cars, making it a great option for tall front-seat passengers, compact vehicles, or any situation with limited front-to-back space! The Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1 has an easier-to-tighten harness and a high-back booster mode. It also doesn’t have the under 40-pound forward-facing recline issue that the original Extend2Fit does.

Seat is good for you if
  • You want to rear-face as long as possible.
  • Your back seat space is very limited.
Use caution if you
  • You need to fit 3 people in one row of the vehicle.
  • You want to skip an infant seat.
Stand-out features
  • It’s very compact rear-facing.
  • Has an optional leg panel for extra leg room in rear-facing mode only.
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Graco
Extend2Fit 3-in-1
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249.00

Our Review of the 

Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1

The original Graco Extend2Fit (review) convertible car seat was one of the first with a 50-pound rear-facing limit! This updated version is even better than the original! It’s still one of the best convertible car seats for small cars, making it a great option for tall front-seat passengers, compact vehicles, or any situation with limited front-to-back space! The Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1 has an easier-to-tighten harness and a high-back booster mode. It also doesn’t have the under 40-pound forward-facing recline issue that the original Extend2Fit does.

Age

Our recommendation: From 2 months until the seat is outgrown (average 7-8 years old)

Type

A 3-in-1 car seat that can be used rear-facing, forward-facing, and in high-back booster mode

When

After you’ve used an infant seat for a few months or after the infant seat has been outgrown

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Graco
Extend2Fit 3-in-1
Buy Now
249.00
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Stand Out Features of this Car Seat

It’s very compact rear-facing.

This seat has 3 recline options. Once the seat is in the most upright recline position, it takes up very little space front-to-back. This makes it one of the better convertible car seats for small cars or for front-seat passengers who are very tall.

Has an optional leg panel for extra leg room in rear-facing mode only.

The leg panel has multiple settings and can give up to 5″ of extra leg room for a rear-facing child. This is optional and does not have to be used if you have a smaller vehicle or very tall passengers. This panel can never be used in forward-facing mode.

Seat is good for you if 

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You want to rear-face as long as possible.

The Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1 rear-faces to the maximum pounds allowed on the US market – 50 pounds. The best practice is to rear-face as long as possible (think age 4+), and with the built-in-leg extension panel, your kiddo will have 5 extra inches of leg room. Curious why rear-facing is safest? Watch this!

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Your back seat space is very limited.

The Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1 is one of the best convertible car seats for small cars. It is one of the most compact in front-to-back space!

Because the seat has numerous recline positions, it can get very upright, which lessens the footprint of the seat from front to back. If you have a tall driver or passenger or are just really tight on that legroom in the second or third row of your vehicle this seat is one of the most compact car seats.

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Use caution if

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You need to fit 3 people in one row of the vehicle.

For the majority of vehicles, this seat is too wide at 20″ to work in a 3 across configuration. Check out options that we like better here.

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You want to skip an infant seat.

We’ve found this seat fits an infant ok from 8-9 pounds. If you are expecting a smaller baby and want to start with a convertible seat, this is not the best car seat for a newborn on the tiny side. The car seat harness has to be coming from below the shoulders when rear-facing, and a smaller baby will unlikely meet this requirement in this seat. Our list of favorite car seats for preemies can be found here.

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Quirks to be aware of

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The cupholders are required.

Once they’re clicked into place correctly, they can’t easily be removed! They must always be attached when the car seat is in use.

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Airplane Use

The Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1 is an FAA-approved car seat. While it’s not the lightest car seat, nor is it the heaviest, you certainly can travel with it. Just get a travel cart to maneuver through the airport! Because it can be very compact in rear-facing mode, it will fit in that direction on most airplane seats. It is wide, so you’ll need to put the airplane armrests up to fit! For help with all things airplane travel and car seats, check out our Wheels Up Course and private Facebook group.

Videos

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SITS Bottom Line

Head over to our YouTube Channel to see the review and installation how-to of the Graco Extend2Fit.

Buy Now: 
SITS checks manufactures and retailers daily to ensure these are the lowest prices available for these models.
Graco
Extend2Fit 3-in-1
Buy Now
249.00

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Specifications

Graco

Extend2Fit 3-in-1

Product Information

Weight: 22lbs

Width: 20"

Highest Harness Height: 17.5"

Rear Facing Limits

Height: 49"

Weight: 4-50lbs

Head Height Rules: at least 1″ below the top of the headrest adjustment handle

Lower Anchor Connectors Weight Limit: 40lbs

Forward-Facing Limits

Height: 49"

Weight: 22-65lbs

Head Height Rules: ears must be below the top of the headrest

Lower Anchor Connectors Weight Limit: 45lbs

No Back Booster Limits

Highest Belt Guide Settings

18.5"

High Back Booster Limits

Height: 43-57"

Weight: 40-100lbs

Head Height Rules: ears must be below the top of the headrest

Other Important Details

Newborn Fit

not recommended; lowest harness height is too high for some newborns

Expiration Limit

10 years

Crash Replacement Policy

replace after any crash

Harness

no-rethread

Lock-off

no

Vehicle Seat Protectors

This brand allows a mat or thin towel or blanket