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More than 1,000 Chicco Cortina Travel System reviews posted at Toys R Us make a strong and convincing case for this stroller, car seat, and base combo package. Parents and caregivers rave about the comfort and solidity, easy-clean fabric, and hassle-free process of installing the base and getting the car seat itself in and out of a vehicle; one parent notes the comforting "click" when the car seat is secured in place. Reviews also commend the ease of opening and closing the stroller and its smooth rolling action. Many reviews indicate that buyers did their homework first and were drawn to the Chicco Cortina package for the quality, styling, budget pricing, and safety rating of the KeyFit car seat. A number of reviewers consider the system to be the best on the market today.
But perfect it's not -- the positive buzz is tempered by a few minor barbs. At Amazon for example, some Chicco Cortina Travel System reviews gripe about the stroller feeling bulky and the car seat quickly becoming cramped for rapidly growing babies, the difficulty of getting to the stroller storage basket when the seat is fully reclined, and the clacking noise as hard wheels roll over sidewalks.
The Chicco Cortina Travel System (starting at $270, Amazon) we researched includes the KeyFit 22 car seat, the base, and the Cortina stroller. The car seat holds infants up to 22 pounds, includes a 5-point harness, and together with the base is LATCH compatible; it earned a top rating from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The seat contains energy-absorbing foam and comes with an insert for newborns. It weighs 9 pounds and the base weighs 7.4 pounds. The Cortina system is also available -- at a slightly higher price -- with the KeyFit 30 car seat, which accommodates babies up to 30 pounds. The 22-pound Cortina stroller holds children up to 50 pounds and can be folded with one hand. It features a 5-point harness, all-wheel suspension, a multi-position seat back that also fully reclines, height-adjustable handle grips, reversible sun canopy, and parent and child cup holders.
The highly-touted KeyFit car seat gives parents a large dose of comfort and security. Add that to the sturdy feel, impressive performance, and elegant looks of the travel system's components, and you've got one excellent value. To get the most out of your investment, though, you might consider paying a bit more for a Chicco Cortina package with the KeyFit 30 car seat.