I love my Evenflo car seat and so does my daughter. This seat is a bit large but it is very comfortable for her to sit in, especially for long trips. We have taken four cross country road trips and an eight hour flight overseas with her using this seat and she did remarkable on every single trip in this seat. It is secured to the vehicle using three latches. One attaching to an anchor in the car on each side of the seat and (in our vehicle) one towards the top back to the back of the second row seating. It also secures with the seat belt running it behind all the padding and in front on the seat. We have leather seating in our truck and the seat has not had any effect of the leather at all as far as scratches or indentations. The seat has a reclining option, but can not really be used when facing forward. The way to tighten and loosen the restraints is pretty simple by turning a knob at the bottom front of the seat. The cover is removable and washer safe. The shoulder height of the seat belt can be adjusted as the child grows taller. Overall, great seat.