Graco Atlas 65 Review – Is it the right choice for you?

2 in 1 solution for a growing child…

There are two camps when it comes to car seats. One suggests that you should buy a new car seat for each development stage. The other camp tells the reverse get one that’s an all in one solution.

Who is right?


There’s no difference between the two types of car seats. They are just as safe. According to a good friend of mine who’s a policeman there’s no such thing as a bad car seat, only an unused one.

If there would be any issues, then they would’ve been recalled already.

The main benefit of getting an all in on car seat is that you save money in the long run. Plus, you don’t have to learn all the different installation techniques. You learn one, and you’re set for the next few years.

If you buy a car seat for every growth phase, you might get more comfort. When engineers design all in one solution, they do make compromises and comfort might be one of them. That’s not always the case, and it might happen.

Before we get any further, let me give you a quick preview. This forward-facing car seat will serve you in two ways harness booster mode and highback booster mode. It’s good until your child reaches 100 pounds. It gives all the protection that you will ever need even side protection.

The fabric is an easy machine washable. You can choose from two recline positions. It has two cup holders, one for water and maybe one for toys.

Let’s get this Graco Atlas 65 review started. If you stick with me until the end, I will tell you the pros/cons. Some of them are unexpected, to say the least.


Who is the Graco Atlas 65 2 in 1 Harness Booster Seat?

This car seat is for parents who have an older child (at least 3 years old) and want to transition into the frontal facing mode.

This car seat is ideal for parents who have a child suffering from motion sickness. Frontal facing helps with it, and the material is easy to remove and wash.

What can the Graco Atlas 65 car seat do for you?

This car seat comes with two modes. The first one is the harness booster from 22 to 65 pounds. So if you have a 3-year-old, they are ready to go. Some parents prefer to rear face as long as possible, and that’s OK as well.

The second mode is high back booster mode, which is from 30 to 100 pounds. Depending on the growth, your child could use it until they get their driver’s license.

This is where all the benefits come in of getting a 2 in 1 solution. It will save you money during the years, and you have to learn only one installation.

Let me share with you the safety features. One of the most problematic accidents is the side crashes. This car seat has double protection for side impact. Plus, it protects the head and the torso as well.  For being this big, it’s quite light and easy to carry.

The installation is quite fast, thanks to the latch system. Plus, the straps are easy to adjust. It’s not a chore like with other brands.

The fabric is easy to remove and wash. Plus, the dark colors hide the stains well.

It comes with two recline positions, so there are no bobbing heads. It’s super comfortable; kids like it. The material looks durable and ready for the wear and tear.


Graco Atlas 65 shortcomings

Every car seat has flaws. It’s my civic duty to tell you all about them because only then will you get the full picture. Let’s see if either of them is a deal-breaker for you.

The installation relies on the latch system. Now there are different versions, and they have picked the cheaper one. The problem with the cheaper one is that it’s harder to attach. Now, if you have an older car, I feel for you. It will be a real drama to get it installed.

This car seat is huge. It’s wide and tall. It might create a blind spot in your car. Also, it’s impossible to install it in the middle. It will take up way too much space. If it’s installed there, then a 5 seater car is turned into 3. I think this is the widest seat that I’ve ever come across.

There’s a good and bad side to this. The harness release button is hard to release. It’s good if you don’t want any accidental unbuckling. And it’s bad if you want your kids to learn independence.

Now, these were the most noteworthy issues of this Graco car seat. What do you think is that bad? If you’re still with me, let’s check out the next part.


How To Get The Most Out Of Graco Atlas 65 2 in 1 Harness Booster Seat?

After you got the car seat, you have to decide where to install it. I usually say that the safest place is in the middle. Since this car seat is so wide, it’s not practical. If you don’t want to monopolize the back for your child, take a look at the second safest place, which is behind the driver.

Once that’s decided, you have to install and tighten the car seat. Graco is well known to be user friendly, and it doesn’t disappoint. If you want to be extra careful, then ask a second opinion from a certified professional.



It offers all-around protection for the sides as well (head and torso protection)

The fabric is easy to remove and wash very important if you have a child with motion sickness

Most parents reported that kids fall asleep fast



It’s harder to install in older cars

It’s huge both vertically, and it takes up a lot of space


Conclusion for the Graco Atlas 65 Review

This Graco car seat seems to be the full package if you have a toddler or older. It gives the best protection, and it’s easy to install. There are a few drawbacks as well. All in all, it looks comfortable, and kids fall asleep with ease.

We have reached the end of the Graco Atlas 65 Review. I hope you have learned a lot from this article. If you feel this is the right fit, get it as soon as possible because stocks are low.

If you have used this car seat and want to share your opinion, drop a comment below.


Catch you next time.

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About Danny Reid

Danny here, no matter in which market you’re in it’s flooded with products. Maybe you want a new stereo, amps, speakers or subs? This is why the blog exists to cut through the clutter.
My goal with the reviews is to inform you of the best possible to make the right decision.
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