My 9 month old has just about outgrown his Chicco Key Fit, so we're trying to find a convertible for him. He's 22 lbs and 30ish inches long. I think he'll continue to be pretty average in weight but above average length.
My 30 lb, 38" tall 3 year old is still RF in a fisher price safe voyage deluxe - so we're obviously committed to extended rear facing.
Our primary vehicle is a Sienna, so space isn't an issue.
Right now the Graco MyRide and Britax Classic Marathon are within the same price range at Target but I don't if either of these is a good option for us (I know the marathon only rf to 35 lbs, but if the shell is taller would I get longer use?). I'd like to spend less than $200.
Also, I've never owned a Britax and I understand they offer a lot of conveniences, but are they really any better, safer, than other seats? I've known a lot of playgroup friends who would only buy Britax, but I don't really know if its a safety thing or a status thing. That's an honest question, I'm not trying to be rude :).