I am a BIG fan of this seat. I did a lot of research on which seat to buy; for my first kid I got an inherited Graco seat. It worked well, but it reached the six-year max so we had to get rid of it. With this next one, I went to consumer reports and asked everyone I knew why they liked their seat. I will admit, I didn't talk to anyone I knew that picked the Maxi Cosi brand, but I think that is just because they are hard to come by in stores. But this one is WAY lighter and I really like the handle shape. I have read reviews of the "terrible sun shade" but it is honestly just like the one on my last Graco seat. So no complaints here. Most moms I talked to picked their seat because of the seat pattern, and I'll admit, i had a hard time and went with the neutral black. I was worried that it would get really hot, but my husband pointed out that we hardly ever leave it in the car. Anyway, very happy. And this is currently rated #2 in Consumer Reports over the combi seat, but it is because of the "ease of using a shoulder seat belt" over the Combi. I'll take the higher rating in safety anyday.