The Graco Argos is a sister to the well-loved Graco Nautilus (find our full Nautilus review here!) and is a great choice for a child who is at least two years old and has outgrown their rear facing convertible car seat. The Argos is forward facing only, and has three modes:
5 Point Harness:
- 20-70 lbs
- 18″ top harness position
- No re-thread harness allows for quick height adjustment up or down without uninstalling the seat
- 30-100 lbs
- 19.5″ top booster belt guide
- Can use LATCH to secure while in booster mode
- 2013 IIHS Best Bet
- 40-120 lbs
- Cannot use LATCH to secure the booster when unoccupied.
The Argos has a 10 year expiration whether using in harness or booster mode, and generally lasts most kids until 6-7 years old in harness mode, 7-8 years old in high back booster mode, and through passing the 5 step test in backless booster mode. The main differences from the Nautilus to the Argos are the no re-thread harness, an additional 5 lbs on the harness weight limit, and an additional 10 lbs on the backless booster weight limit.
Like any seat, there are a few drawbacks: first, some children have trouble sleeping comfortably in the Argos, as it doesn’t have great head support for a car sleeper. Many children experience “head slump”, despite the Argos’ recline feature. This isn’t a safety concern, but it can be a comfort concern for some children. Second, the outer crotch buckle position is fairly shallow and it can be uncomfortable for some bigger children. Last, our 7 year old tester found the backless booster uncomfortable because once the back is removed, it leaves quite a gap between the vehicle seat back and the start of the Argos’ seat cushion.
Overall, despite some minor drawbacks, the Argos is an excellent choice for preschoolers on up. You can find it on Amazon.com.
Neither Graco nor Amazon sponsored this review. Opinions, as always, are all our own!