In this review, we will look at The Maxi Cosi Pria 85 Max convertible car seat. With a lot of improvements compared to the previous versions of Vello, Pria 70, Pria 70 with Tiny Fit, and Pria 85, why is the Maxi Cosi Pria 85 Max one of the most loved versions among all other Maxi Cosi convertible seats?

Let’s see.

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The Maxi Cosi Pria 85 Max

ideal use

Rear-Facing Weight:14-40 pounds
Rear-Facing Height:Up to 40 inches
Forward-Facing Weight:22-85 pounds
Height Limit:Up to 52 inches

While the default rear-facing minimum weight limit of the Maxi Cosi 85 Max is set to 14 pounds, you can use it for younger babies as early as 5 pounds - AS LONG AS you utilize the INFANT WEDGE that it comes with.

This wedge is removable and raises up a baby’s bum. Together with all the other surrounding removable inserts, it will fit a newborn just the same.

The infant wedge, which is suitable for babies from 5 to 11 pounds, is only so far, present in this version. From 11 pounds to 15 pounds, you have the option to remove it or still use it.

As soon as your child is over 15 pounds, the infant wedge should be removed altogether.

will it fit in my car?

Width20 inches
Height26  inches
Depth/Length21 inches

This is probably one of the downsides of the Maxi Cosi 85 Max. It’s not the most compact convertible seat. Installing it in a small vehicle will definitely not make you very happy.

Aside from almost eating up the legroom of the driver’s seat and the passenger seat, it can also be too wide to be installed in the middle seat.

With this, it seems that it will only be appreciated by parents with large vehicles.

Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Max Convertible Car Seat, Nomad Purple
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Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel?No
Easy To Install Rear-Facing?Yes
Easy To Install Forward-Facing?Yes
Easy To Uninstall?Yes

The presence of the three recline positions is already good enough and would not need you to use a pool noodle for an additional recline.

However, should you find need to still use pool noodles or rolled towels for a tighter fit in the vehicle, you are allowed to do so.

Both rear-facing and forward-facing installations are easy to deal with, with a few tricks and tips as stated in the following videos.

How To Install The Maxi Cosi 85 Max Rear-Facing With LATCH

How To Install The Maxi Cosi Pria 85 Max Rear-Facing With Seat Belt

How To Install The Maxi Pria 85 Max Forward-Facing With LATCH & Seat Belt


Country Of Origin:USA
Steel Frame:No
Five-Point Harness?Yes
Side Impact Tested:Yes
Approved For Airplane Use:Yes
Easy To Buckle And Unbuckle?Yes

The “Air Protect” technology is a unique feature only found in all Maxi Cosi convertible car seats (except for the Maxi Cosi Vello 65 and 70.).

What it does is minimizes an injury during side collisions. Maxi Cosi claims that Air Protect technology is the greatest side-impact protection you can get nowadays.

Another safety feature unique to only Maxi Cosi 85 Max (so far) is the new design of the seat buckles. It is called the ClipQuick Auto-Magnetic Chest Clip.

They design it in a way that is intuitive enough for parents to easily use, but not for a child’s little hands.

It is good to know that, although you can one-handedly release your child in the seat in case of an emergency, your child can also not just play with it and accidentally release themselves out of the seat.

Here’s How To Use The Maxi Cosi Pria 85 Max Seat Buckles

the seat

Is The Material Breathable?Yes
Seat Weight:17.5 pounds
Easy To Remove Cover?Yes
Machine Washable Cover?Yes
No-Rethread Harness?Yes
Comes With An Infant Body Support?Yes
Expiration10 years
Comes With A Cup Holder?Yes
Shoulder Harness Has Pads?Yes
Leg Straps Has Pads?No


The Maxi Cosi 85 Max is probably one of the most padded and comfortable convertible car seats you can find. It also has a self-wicking fabric that draws liquid away from your child’s skin.

With this, your child will always feel comfortable especially on hot days.

Its weight is “light” compared to its dimensions. Some very compact seats weigh like a tank, reaching up to 29 pounds in weight.

It has a machine-washable seat cover that is also dryer-safe, unlike other seats which take forever to air dry and are only hand-washable.

Removing the seat cover is also the EASIEST so far. You don’t have to remove the seat harness or uninstall the seat, like how you would normally do in other car seats.

See the video below on how to do it.

How To Remove The Maxi Cosi Pria 85 Max Car Seat Cover For Washing

It is roomy enough to last until your child is 52 inches in height or 85 pounds in weight. Together with the Maxi Cosi Pria 85*, this by far is the only other 2-way car seat that offers this much weight limit. Most 2-way seats are only usable until 65 pounds.

Sliding the headrest up and down would adjust the seat harness height, so you don’t have to manually remove, reposition and put back the seat harness every time you need to adjust its height.

In addition, it has a harness holder that lets you keep the seat harness out of the way so you don’t have to dig for it every time.

Is The Maxi Cosi Pria 85 Max Worth It?

There are a few minor drawbacks that one has to note.

First, the back part of the seat looks somewhat “raw.” All the enticing looks have been placed in the seat's front, but the back part is essentially “uncovered.”

You will see all the ridges and the likes behind compared to a lot of seats that are covered in the back. It’s not a major flaw though, as it does not affect the performance of the seat.

Another thing is how much space it can take up inside your car. Reclining it rear-facing would leave very little to no leg room at all for the seat directly opposite it, should your vehicle be on the smaller side.

Other than these two minor problems, the Maxi Cosi Pria 85 Max is definitely a good buy in my opinion.

Also, there is a new version of this seat, the Maxi Magellan All-In-One*. You can read my review of it here.

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