Hello! Here's my situation: we live in the city and don't own a car, but we use our car seat a few times a month for taxi rides, trips with friends, carshares, etc. So ease of buckling in (without using a base) is paramount.
We've been using the Chicco Keyfit 30 since DD was born, which I really like: it's super easy to run a lap or shoulder belt through the two slots on the top -- we just buckle her in, lock off the seat belt, and go. I can do it in about 30 seconds, which means I don't feel the need to apologize profusely and massively overtip the cabbies (though I do always thank them for waiting and slightly overtip ).
But my little one is off the charts for height & weight and will likely be outgrowing this seat within the next few months. Anyone have any insight into a good convertible that's (1) easy to install and (2) not too huge (we're sometimes in smallish cars--Corolla, Nissan Versa, etc.)? Obviously we also want something that's safe, comfortable for the little one, and ideally won't break the bank... but if it's something she can use for several years, I would probably pay a little more if it'll mean every car ride doesn't entail a 15-minute ordeal to clip the car seat in properly!
Thanks so much for any advice!