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Graco Extend2Fit 2-in-1

The Graco Extend2Fit was one of the first convertible car seats with a 50-pound rear-facing limit, and it’s still a well-loved car seat today! The original Graco Extend2Fit is a relatively cheap convertible car seat for parents who want to rear-face higher-percentile children as long as possible. It’s also 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! 

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
  • Your child is petite, and/or you won’t rear face past age 2-3.
  • 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 2-in-1
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119.99

Our Review of the 

Graco Extend2Fit 2-in-1

The Graco Extend2Fit was one of the first convertible car seats with a 50-pound rear-facing limit, and it’s still a well-loved car seat today! The original Graco Extend2Fit is a relatively cheap convertible car seat for parents who want to rear-face higher-percentile children as long as possible. It’s also 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! 

Age

Our recommendation: From 2 months until the seat is outgrown (average 6-7 years old)

Type

A convertible car seat that can be used rear-facing and forward-facing

When

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

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SITS checks manufactures and retailers daily to ensure these are the lowest prices available for these models.
Graco
Extend2Fit 2-in-1
Buy Now
119.99
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Stand Out Features of this Car Seat

It’s very compact rear-facing.

This seat has 4 recline options for the rear-facing installation. 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 best 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 rear-faces to 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 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 angles, 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 your best bets.

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Use caution if

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Your child is petite, and/or you won’t rear face past age 2-3.

While the Graco Extend2Fit has many standout features, Safe in the Seat grades it as a “proceed with caution” seat for one big reason: its forward-facing recline rules. Let’s get technical: The rear-facing height and weight limits of this seat are 49 inches and 50 pounds, which the average-sized child will reach when they are between 5-7 years old. While we always encourage rear-facing to the max limits of the seat, we also know that most parents will not be rear-facing their elementary school-aged kids.

Here’s why that’s an issue. When installing forward-facing, the original Extend2Fit must be installed on a specific recline setting for a child who weighs less than 40 pounds. This is a problem because this recline requirement makes it impossible to safely install the seat sometimes, usually because the bottom of the car seat hangs too far off the vehicle seat. And, in vehicles with non-removable headrests, this awkward recline can make it difficult to raise the headrest high enough for a proper harness fit, too.

So, parents of little littles, unless you plan to rear-face your child until they reach 40+ pounds (which may be when they are 5, 6 or even 7) then this is not the best seat for you. You’ll run into the weird recline rule which could make the seat awkward at best, and impossible to install safely at worst. If you like the Graco Extend2Fit series, check out the Extend2Fit 3 in 1 instead, which does not have this recline requirement.

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

This seat is 20 inches wide. Most vehicles cannot accommodate a car seat this size in a three-across configuration.

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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 it’s unlikely a smaller baby will meet this requirement in this seat as the lowest harness height is about 7 inches high.

Quirks to be aware of

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SITS Bottom Line

We like the Extend2Fit for parents of bigger kids or parents who know you’ll rear face to the max regardless of age: basically, anyone who isn't in danger of running into that pesky forward-facing recline rule for smaller kids. Overall, the Graco Extend2Fit is a great car seat that is easy to install, long-lasting, great for small cars, and a relatively inexpensive car seat making it a standout!

Buy Now: 
SITS checks manufactures and retailers daily to ensure these are the lowest prices available for these models.
Graco
Extend2Fit 2-in-1
Buy Now
119.99

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Specifications

Graco

Extend2Fit 2-in-1

Product Information

Weight: 19lbs

Width: 20”

Highest Harness Height: 17.5"

Rear Facing Limits

Height: 49"

Weight: 50lbs

Head Height Rules: at least 1″ below the headrest adjustment lever

Lower Anchor Connectors Weight Limit: 45lbs

Forward-Facing Limits

Height: 49″

Weight: 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

High Back Booster Limits

Other Important Details

Newborn Fit

not recommended; the 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