oh, thanks for the help, you guys.
Brigala, it's a 2008 Honda Fit. Do you have some kind of tool (or website! that would be awesome) that can help people figure out which seats will fit?
And, Chickabiddy, thanks for the recommendation. That seat looks great and even with the big pricetag, looks like it would really last us (and as long as there is value, i can justify the cost). There is the R100, the RXT, and the R120... so I'll have to see how all of those models differ, but that looks like it could work great for us. Off to take some measurements...
And yes, fruitfulmamma, i can't remember exactly how it was worded, but I definitely did not interpret it as "don't forward face before 1 year." That's really too bad, because I bet your'e right that lots of people go ahead and turn the seat at a year because they think they're supposed to.
would still love more options if there are any more out there, just for comparison
thanks so much, everyone