This is the perfect car seat for toddlers, especially if you are in the car for extended periods of time. It is very roomy and comfortable for extended rear facing installation based on the newest recommendations. Rear facing in my 1999 Dodge SUV this car seat worked best in the middle with my other car seat on one side. It did not work out being behind the driver's seat at all. It was okay behind the passenger's seat as long as no one else wanted to sit in that seat. The worst part about this car seat is that my children inevitably fall asleep in it and then don't want to get out of the car once I have reached my destination. I have purchased three of this particular model over the years between my two kids and two cars, one of the seats was expired so my younger son could not use it although I would say that the seat was still safer than the car seats I have seen other parents use for their children.