Ever since the Cosco Scenera NEXT car seat was released back in 2015, it has already gained some supporters. Keep reading to determine if you would also become a member of this faction and if you would be buying this quite economical car seat next.

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Ideal Use

Rear-Facing Weight:5 to 40 pounds
Rear-Facing Height Limit:19 to 40 inches
Forward-Facing Weight:22 to 40 pounds
Forward-Facing Height Limit:29 to 43 inches

 It is important to note that seats made after May 2016 require a one-inch room above the child’s head to be used in the rear-facing mode. Seats made before May 2016 have none of this one-inch rule. It would not hurt to follow the one-inch rule regardless of when your Scenera NEXT was made.  

A feature of this product that is worth noting is its newborn harness routing. This feature makes it suitable even with the smallest passengers. To pass the pinch test, the alternate strap routing under the seat must be utilized when straps are at the lowest slots.

This seat is applauded for its rear-facing usage.

On the downside, some claim that their child can no longer fit in the seat for forward-facing mode. The straps should be above the shoulders, and the highest slot is often lower than the shoulders of most kids aged three years old.

Of course, different children have their unique physiques. As long as the child is over two years of age and the straps are still above the shoulders, then this product can still be safely used in the forward-facing mode.

Will It Fit In My Car?

Width17 inches
Height23.5 inches
Depth/Length22 inches

The Cosco Scenera Next car seat is recognized for being slim enough to fit in cars even for a 3-across setup.


Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel?Yes for sloped vehicle seats
Easy To Install Rear-Facing?Yes
Easy To Install Forward-Facing?Yes
Easy To Uninstall?Yes

 When the seat was initially released, there were no strict rules to follow regarding how upright the car seat must be installed. It was only in October 2018 that Cosco Consumer Care released a safety update regarding this. 

According to the update, if the seat is installed in the rear-facing mode for children who can sit on their own, the grommets at the bottom of the shell must be ensured to be in contact with the vehicle seat where it is installed.

Scenera Next can be installed in both rear-facing and forward-facing modes by using either the LATCH lower anchors or the vehicle seatbelt.

How To Install Cosco Scenera NEXT Rear-Facing Using LATCH

The Cosco Scenera NEXT is one of the car seats that are highly rated for ease of installation. Some might find the seat difficult to install for some reasons, but in this video, you will see that even a petite lady could install the seat correctly.


Just as stated in the above video, the first step is locating the rear-facing belt path under the child’s legs. The lower anchor strap must also be in the appropriate path and position. Make sure that the belts are flat on the car seat and are not twisted.

How To Install Cosco Scenera NEXT Rear-Facing Using Seat Belt

This seat may be installed rear facing using the vehicle seatbelt. To do it, pull out the seatbelt and thread it through this car seat’s belt path (under the child’s legs). Then buckle it.

This video shows clearly how the seat should be tested for any movement side to side. It is explained that the non-dominant hand should push and pull at the belt path and not on top of the seat.

Also, the recline angle line will help you determine if you are installing this seat in the right incline.

How To Install Cosco Scenera NEXT Forward-Facing Using LATCH

There is no lower anchor weight limit forward facing with this product. Its forward-facing weight limit is 40 pounds. Add the car seat weight which is less than 8 pounds will total only to less than 50 pounds – which is way below the lower anchor limit of most cars at 65 to 69 pounds.

The downside for this seat is its positioning in forward-facing mode. It is not always clear as to which area of its bottom part must touch the car seat.

To install in forward-facing mode, the belt path should again be located, which is behind the back of the child (when seated in the child restraint system). The lower anchor connectors must be hooked on and tightened.

For all forward facing installations, top tether must be used.  Watch this video.

How To Install Cosco Scenera NEXT Forward-Facing Using Seat Belt

Many parents find forward facing installation using vehicle seatbelts to be easier than with the LATCH. You might need to pull back the Cosco Scenera NEXT’s seat cover. Here’s a video that can help.


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

This US-made product is made from American and imported parts. If you are very particular with “strictly” American made products, this might be a turn-off for you.  

This car seat features side impact protection and a 5-point harness that can be adjusted in the front. There are also five harness heights (highest is 13 inches, lowest is 5 inches) as well as three buckle locations.

The compact design is also suitable for airport security. Apart from being certified for aircraft use, it is also in accordance with NHTSA Federal Standards.

If you are in search of a child restraint system that is perfect for traveling, then this Scenera Next is one of the highly recommended products by parents.

Nonetheless, Scenera NEXT is said to have no locking clip, which might be required in other countries aside from the USA and Canada. Some claim that locking clips can be ordered separately from Cosco or locking clips from another car seat may be used.

I was curious about how this product can ensure the safety of child passengers in real life accidents so I went ahead and dig further and I found this.  In the unfortunate event, the car was wrecked, but the two babies miraculously survived with just minor injuries.

While not mentioned what brand and model of the car seat was used, members of babycenter.com community expressed that it was a Scenera Next based on the photos.

Price certainly is not the primary gauge for safety.

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The Seat

Is The Material Breathable?Considerably
Seat Weight:7.65 pounds
Machine Washable Cover?Yes
No-Rethread Harness?No
Comes With An Infant Body Support?No
Easy To Remove Cover?Yes
Expiration8 Years
Comes With A Cup Holder?Yes
Shoulder Harness Has Pads?Sold Separately
Leg Straps Has Pads?No

Other car seats are described to have breathable covers and padding because they are made of specially designed fabrics. This product, meanwhile, can be considered breathable since the padding is not that thick, so it still allows the child to feel comfortable even while traveling long distances.

This seat is certainly lightweight at 7.65 pounds. Even if it cannot be folded, it is still easy to carry. It comes with no travel carry bag of its own, so you might need to purchase a specialty bag it can fit into.

In this video, you’ll see that Scenera NEXT came in with a clear plastic bag, which the reviewer said is excellent to use when the seat would be carried for traveling.

If you do not feel like carrying it, its slim built makes it fit under the large strollers or in the extra seat of double strollers. It can fit in smaller airplane seats because it can be installed in any angle for a child who can sit unassisted.

You would not like this product if you have already fallen in love with high-end, no-rethread car seats as this seat has no such posh feature.

Its seat pad is removable, machine-washable and dryer safe.

Its cup holder is another beautiful thing about Scenera Next because it can be removed and can be attached to either side wherever you find convenient. It can be safely put in the dishwasher, unlike other car seats’ cupholders.

If you need covers for the harness straps, they can be ordered separately.

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You are entitled to your own opinion, but I will admit that I am also now a fan of this Cosco Scenera NEXT.  It might be one of the most fundamental car seats – no frills, only the basics, but it delivers.

As you look at the catalog of online stores like Amazon, you might skip and snob this product because it appears quite bare bones. Other more expensive car seats attract buyers’ attention because of their long list of features.

However, the problem with more posh child restraint systems is you can get quickly disappointed with them once you see even a minor flaw. You regret paying a lot of money for it.

The Cosco Scenera NEXT, however, is cheap (cheapest in the Cosco catalog), so you do not expect too much from it. When it dependably performs its purpose, you end up commending it to others because you find it worth your money.

 If you still cannot completely trust this car seat for everyday use, that’s okay. This car seat will work if you need a backup car seat for another car, for air-traveling, or a car seat for grandparents and babysitter’s car. Cosco Scenera Next is also an excellent gift for other babies.

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