Offering three settings to grow with your child, the Graco Nautilus 65 keeps your little one safe whether it’s used in five-point harness mode or as belt-positioning booster. It’s refreshingly easy to use, featuring convenient one-handed adjustment and no cumbersome rethreading. Children will ride in comfort, with multiple recline positions, a soft body insert, and a handy cup holder built into one of the armrests.
When used from the five-point harness mode through the backless booster configuration, this car seat can accommodate kids ranging from 22 to 100 pounds in weight. You’ll get several years of use out of it, with peace of mind knowing it has undergone extensive testing to provide protection in different types of crashes.
Overview of the Graco Nautilus 65
The Nautilus 65 is a forward-facing model that’s designed for toddlers between 22 and 65 pounds in weight. In high-back and backless booster modes, it can be used by kids between 30 and 100 pounds and 40 and 100 pounds, respectively. Your child will remain comfortable, even on long car rides, thanks to its three recline positions, contoured armrests, a cup holder, and a convenient storage pocket for holding small toys or other essentials.
Setting up and adjusting the Nautilus 65 shouldn’t prove too time consuming, with features like Graco’s Simply Safe Adjust Harness System, which lets you set the height of both the harness and the headrest in just one simple, quick motion. When it’s in the booster modes, an open-loop belt guide makes it easy to position the vehicle’s seat belt just right. When set up in harness and high-back booster modes, this seat can be installed using the incorporated LATCH connectors.
With what Graco calls its ProtectPlus technology, the Nautilus 65 is engineered to help keep your child safe in side, rear, frontal, and rollover crashes. It meets or surpasses U.S. safety standards, and has been side-impact tested when in the five-point harness setting. What’s more, it’s equipped with energy-absorbing foam to reduce the force felt by a child during a car accident.
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Graco Nautilus 65 3-in-1 Car Seat Specs
Child weight range for 5-point booster mode
22 - 65 pounds
Child height range for 5-point booster mode
27 - 52 inches
Child weight range for high-back booster mode
30 - 100 pounds
Child height range for high-back booster mode
38 - 57 inches
Child weight range for no-back booster mode
40 - 100 pounds
Child height range for no-back booster mode
40 - 57 inches
20” wide x 18” deep x 28” high
Graco Nautilus 65 Features
Ease of Use
Comfort and Convenience
As mentioned, the Nautilus 65 offers three recline positions, so you can set it to the one that’s right for your child. The owner’s manual includes illustrated instructions on how to position the recline to your desired setting, which requires just a few quick steps. It’s also quite simple to adjust the height of both the harness and headrest in one motion, without any rethreading of the harness. When the fabric is in need of cleaning, you can place the seat pad, as well as the covers for the buckle and harness, into the washing machine. The harness straps prove easy to spot clean.
A cup holder integrated into the right armrest can hold a snack or a drink, so you won’t need to bother handing it back from the front seat while driving. A built-in storage compartment can hold things like small toys or sunglasses.
Ease of Installation
Who is the Graco Nautilus 65 suitable for?
This versatile, forward-facing car seat can be used by children ranging from 22 to 100 pounds, and who stand between 27 and 57 inches tall. Based on these weight and height requirements, your child may be able to use this seat until around the age of 10, spanning the three modes. When used in harness mode, it’s approved for use on aircraft.
Pros and Cons of the Graco Nautilus 65:
Graco Nautilus 65 Installation
Belt-positioning booster mode installation
Graco Nautilus 65 Manual
The owner’s manual can be found here:
Graco Nautilus 65 vs. Baby Trend Hybrid 3-in-1
A highly similar model to the Nautilus 64 is the Baby Trend Hybrid 3-in-1. Both offer a harness mode as well as ones for high-back and no-back boosters. Both of these well-designed choices can be counted on for your growing child from 22 pounds to 100 pounds in weight. This can ensure years of use, without the need to purchase three separate car seats as kids transition from one mode to the other. Both accommodate small children well, too, with a removable body insert that provides comfort and support. The harnesses of both models can be adjusted easily with just one hand.
Those who prefer to keep costs down may opt for the Baby Trend Hybrid, which is significantly less expensive. It also provides the added convenience of a second cup holder, while the Nautilus 65 only includes one. When it comes to installation, however, a general consensus among some parents is that the Graco model is easier to set up. It takes significant strength to snap together the components of the Baby Trend Hybrid.
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The Graco Nautilus 65 is an investment worth making, due in part to the convenience of not having to purchase a new car seat when your child is ready to move from a forward-facing harness model to a belt-positioning one. It boasts an impressive track record when it comes to safety and is made by a trusted name in baby gear.
Parents generally find it’s a cinch to set up and transition between modes. It’s equally easy to adjust, thanks to a one-pull system that sets the height of both the harness and the headrest. It’s also made with comfort and convenience in mind, with a built-in cup holder and a spot for storage, as well as with three recline positions. In all, this safe, thoughtfully designed car seat can provide your growing child with many years of use.
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