Existing front-impact crash tests use a bench that stands in for a car’s back seat and is based on a design that is decades old (think of the springy bench seat of a 30-year-old pickup truck) and doesn’t closely resemble the design of most modern car seating. MGA offered a “research testing bench” designed with the expectation that the NHTSA will update the bench requirements. MGA’s research testing bench is based on a drawing package pending with the NHTSA, and it uses a thinner piece of a stiffer foam for the seat compared with the current test bench.
Besides the general conveniences, I’m a big fan of how anti-rebound bars are available in both the based and baseless installations. I also like the no-rethread harness, harness retainers, and potential for European belt installations. Some people will also be a fan of the fact that it’s made in Italy, and I’m definitely a fan of the wide range of colors in which you can purchase the seat. Aesthetics aren’t the most important thing when choosing a seat, but they do make a difference, and it’s nice to see car seat manufacturers paying attention to that.