Britax Boulevard – What Makes It Unique From Other Brands

Selecting the right car seat for the most treasured and vulnerable family member is one of the most important safety decisions parents can make. The right car seat can dramatically improve safety for young children riding in cars. Britax is a brand name in convertible car seats that has become synonymous with safety. For over 10 years, the Britax Boulevard has set the mark for safe and easy-to-use car seats that last. Here, we review the long-loved Boulevard and compare it to some others.

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What Is The Britax Boulevard?

Britax Boulevard ClickTight Convertible Car Seat - 2 Layer Impact...

The Britax Boulevard, officially launched in 2008, is one of the Britax lines of convertible car seats available. Although, there are rumors that the Boulevard will soon be discontinued and replaced with newer models. Britax has driven the safety standards and user-friendliness of American car seats forward and the Boulevard is no exception. It a car seat that is known for its safety, easy installation, years of easy use, and outstanding two-year warranty.

Safety

Britax Boulevard ClickTight Convertible Car Seat - 2 Layer Impact...

We cannot emphasize enough, if you choose a new Britax car seat, you are using a car seat that exceeds safety standards set by the federal government. The Britax Boulevard has many features built into its construction, installation, and daily use that are explicitly meant to improve safety. It gets the best overall safety test reviews and performs better than most of its competition.

Britax Boulevard integrated several layers of safety into its convertible seats that well exceed federal safety standards. It starts with a thoroughly researched and repeatedly tested basic design. There is a honeycomb-shaped piece in the bottom to absorb crash impact, a SafeCell impact stabilizing steel frame, and SafeCell impact absorbing harness pads. It uses Expanded Polypropylene (EPP) for its plastic pieces which is more environmentally friendly and less prone to off-gassing than the commonly used Expanded Polystyrene (EPS).

Proper installation is one of the best ways to improve car seat safety. The Britax Boulevard has many safety features built into its installation process that minimize the chance of an improperly installed seat leading to injury. We detail those below in the installation section.

The Anti-rebound bar, available from Britax, is replacing the tether strap for safe rear-facing car seat use in cars with occupancy detectors. It is designed to reduce the amount the seat moves or rotates, thus removing the movement of the baby in the case of an accident. Lastly, clear usage directions and features such as the Britax “Click & Safe” design tells you when the child safety harness is tight enough with an audible click.

Installation

Britax Boulevard ClickTight Convertible Car Seat - 2 Layer Impact...

Installation is fairly foolproof with the Britax Boulevard. It can be installed rear-facing or forward-facing using LATCH technology or seat belts. Using the LATCH system, this car seat gets perfect scores for safety and ease of installation. When not using the LATCH clips and tethers, store them away in built-in cubbies and pockets in the car seat.

Seat belt installation for both rear and forward-facing orientations is made easy with integrated ClickTight technology. It has a built-in locking system, so the parent does not have to worry whether the belt is tight enough. Open the seat bottom, thread the belt across, remove the slack gently, and close the seat firmly until it clicks. This easy seat belt threading is due to the seat lifting which reveals the belt path and ensures a secure seat belt installation every time.

There are two push-button lower anchor connectors that make adjustments easy. Shortened tether straps have an extension if needed. The installation indicator helps ensure that the seat is installed in the correct angle in relation to the vehicle seat.

Longevity

Britax Boulevard ClickTight Convertible Car Seat - 2 Layer Impact...

The Britax Boulevard, like all of the Britax convertible car seat lines, is designed to be used for several years. It has two adjustable crotch buckle positions and three adjustable reclining positions, additional padding, a padded headrest, and a thick, dense seat bottom which means more years of comfort for the rider. A removable cover is included for easy cleaning but is, unfortunately, hand-wash and line dry only.

The seat expires in seven years, well before most children will reach the weight and height limits. The Britax Boulevard will accommodate babies and children rear-facing from 5 to 40 pounds and until their head is within 1 inch of the top of the seat. For infants up to 22 pounds, there is a positioning pillow included. Front-facing this car seat will fit children from 20 to 65 pounds and up to 49 inches tall. This car seat also has similar harness adjustment options with 14 available positions. The lowest harness position is 7.5 inches with the infant insert and the highest point is 18.65 inches.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar Britax convertible car seats available on the market to see how they compare to the Britax Boulevard.

  • Britax Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat
  • Britax Advocate ClickTight Anti-Rebound Bar Convertible Car Seat
  • Britax Emblem Convertible Car Seat
Britax Boulevard ClickTight Convertible Car Seat - 2 Layer Impact...
  • Easy installation: Patented ClickTight makes car seat installation as simple as buckling a seat belt
  • No rethreading, ever: Quick adjust 14 position harness with Click and Safe Snug Indicator gives a click sound when the...
  • Adjust accurately: Harness indicator gives an audible click when you’ve pulled to the proper tightness

Safety

The Britax Boulevard gets perfect safety scores thanks to its superior design, simple installation, safety features, and ease of use.

Installation

Installation is dreamy with the Britax Boulevard. Thoughtful safety features are built into the installation process so that parents can only do it the right way.

Longevity

There are not any car seats on the market that exceed the range of ages and sizes covered by the Britax Boulevard and all convertible Britax car seats. Unless you have a premature baby under 5 pounds or a child that grows far faster than average, this seat will last for several years of use.

Warranty

Britax offers a 2-year manufacturer warranty on all its convertible car seats.

PROS

  • High safety ratings
  • Versatile and works for most ages and stages
  • Easy installation
  • Multiple adjustment options

CONS

  • Will be discontinued soon
  • The cover is hand-wash and line dry only
  • Short tether strap
  • Will not work for very small babies
Britax Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat - 1 Layer Impact...
  • Easy installation: Patented ClickTight makes car seat installation as simple as buckling a seat belt
  • No rethreading, ever: 14 position harness, 2 position buckle for a comfortable fit as your child grows
  • Relax and Recline: 7 recline positions ensure comfort and the best vehicle installation angle

The Britax Marathon is a slightly older model of car seat than the Britax Boulevard and was first distributed in 2002. Its weight and height limits are the same as the Boulevard, fitting infants and children rear-facing from 5 to 40 pounds and until their head is within 1 inch of the top of the seat.

Front-facing this car seat will fit children from 20 to 65 pounds and up to 49 inches tall. This also has similar harness adjustment options as the Britax Boulevard with 14 available positions; the lowest harness position is at 8.35 inches and the highest is at 17.7 inches. It has 7 recline positions which is several more than the Boulevard.

It has many of the same safety features as the Britax Boulevard including the SafeCell impact-absorbing base, stabilizing steel frames, and impact-absorbing harness pads. It has a ClickTight installation system, the same easy buckling system, and strong energy absorption on the sides and forward to back. It lacks the “Click & Safe” harness that the Boulevard has. The Marathon has a single – rather than double – layer of side energy absorption. Overall, it performs slightly worse in crash tests than the Boulevard.

Safety

Without having integrated just a couple of features that are available on the Britax Boulevard, we cannot give the Marathon full marks. The lack of the “Click & Safe” harness means more room for error in belting. One less layer of side impact protection and lower ratings on crash tests causes the loss of one star. However, this is still a Britax car seat and exceeds competitor brands for marks on safety.

Installation

Installation of the Britax Marathon is slightly more difficult than with the Britax Boulevard, but not by much. It is still easy to install the car seat.

Longevity

All convertible Britax car seats work with a range of ages and sizes. Unless you have a premature baby under 5 pounds or a child that grows far faster than average, this seat will last for several years of use. Be sure to switch it out for a new one at the seven-year expiration date.

Warranty

Britax offers a 2-year manufacturer warranty on all its convertible car seats.

PROS

  • None over the Boulevard

CONS

  • No “Click & Safe” harness
  • Harder to install than the Boulevard
  • Lower safety ratings than the Boulevard
Britax Advocate ClickTight Anti-Rebound Bar Convertible Car Seat - 3...
  • Easy installation: Patented ClickTight makes car seat installation as simple as buckling a seat belt
  • Surrounded in safety: 3 layers of side impact protection, quick adjust head protection, steel frame and impact absorbing...
  • Anti Rebound Bar: Padded, steel bar minimizes crash forces by stabilizing the car seat when installed rear facing

The Britax Advocate came out in 2009 as an alternative to the Britax Boulevard. It is close to the same car seat in every way except its much higher price tag and two other key areas. It is slightly harder to install than the Boulevard and scores lower in crash tests.

Safety features are nearly identical between the two. It also integrates ClickTight seat belt installation, a Click & Safe harness, an anti-rebound bar, a steel frame and impact-absorbing base, a deep foam-lined shell, side cushions, and quick-adjust head protection. It has one additional layer of side impact protection, but unfortunately, that does not improve its safety results.

Weight and height limits are the same as the Boulevard for fitting infants. It fits children rear-facing from 5 to 40 pounds and until their head is within 1 inch of the top of the seat. Front-facing this car seat will fit children from 20 to 65 pounds and up to 49 inches tall. This also has similar harness adjustment options as the Britax Boulevard with 14 available positions; the lowest harness position is at 8.35 inches just like the Marathon, but its upper harness height is 19.4 inches.

Safety 

This car seat incorporates all the same safety features as the Boulevard but gets lower scores on actual crash test results.

Installation

Installation of the Britax Advocate is slightly more difficult than with the Britax Boulevard, but not by much. It is still easy to install the car seat.

Longevity

All convertible Britax car seats work with a range of ages and sizes. Unless you have a premature baby under 5 pounds or a child that grows far faster than average, this seat will last for several years of use. Be sure to switch it out for a new one at the seven-year expiration date.

Warranty

Britax offers a 2-year manufacturer warranty on all its convertible car seats.

PROS

  • All the same safety features as the other Britax models
  • Will last as long as the Boulevard
  • Comes with ABR included

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Harder to install than the Boulevard
  • Lower safety ratings than the Boulevard
Britax Emblem Convertible Car Seat, Fusion
  • Easy installation: Push button LATCH connectors and built in lock offs make car seat installation a breeze
  • No rethreading, ever: Quick adjust 10 position harness (8.5 to 17.5 inches) with headrest grows along with your child
  • Easy cleanup: Remove the car seat cover without removing the harness

The Britax Emblem is one of Britax’s newest lines of car seats. Britax is moving towards providing more affordable car seats that still provide ultimate safety. Much like the Britax Boulevard, this car seat provides two side impact protection layers, an impact-absorbing base, a steel frame, and a forward movement-reducing v-shaped tether. It gets better crash test results than the Boulevard, showing that Britax has not sacrificed safety for cost.

Weight and height limits are the same as the Boulevard for fitting infants. It will fit children rear-facing from 5 to 40 pounds and until their head is within 1 inch of the top of the seat. Front-facing this car seat will fit children from 20 to 65 pounds and up to 49 inches tall. The Emblem has four less harness adjustment options than the Britax Boulevard with 10 available positions; the lowest harness height is 8.5 inches, and the highest is 17.5 inches.

It is slightly easier to use than the Boulevard mostly because it is simple. It integrates push-button LATCH connections and built-in seat belt lock-offs while the harness has only ten positions rather than fourteen. The car seat cover can come off without disassembling the harness. The only way it is more difficult to use is when belting with a seat belt; many car seat manufacturers are moving away from seat belting as most cars made within the past 20 years will have LATCH technology. However, for those who need to use a seat belt, count on a little more trouble with the Emblem.

Safety

The Emblem has the superb safety that Britax is known for.

Installation

It has a slightly more difficult seat belt installation, otherwise, it’s right on par with the Boulevard.

Longevity

All convertible Britax car seats work with a range of ages and sizes. Unless you have a premature baby under 5 pounds or a child that grows far faster than average, this seat will last for several years of use. Be sure to switch it out for a new one at the seven-year expiration date.

Warranty

Britax offers a 2-year manufacturer warranty on all its convertible car seats.

PROS

  • Inexpensive for a convertible
  • Highest safety rating and crash test results
  • Simple and easy to use

CONS

  • Hard to install with the seat belt
  • Lacks ARB technology
  • Lacks ClickTight technology

Conclusion

The various Britax car seats we reviewed and compared to the Britax Boulevard have key things in common. They are all highly safety-rated convertible car seats designed to be used for newborns through about age seven (depending on the size of the child and when the seat was bought). They are all FAA approved for air travel. All the Britax car seats we reviewed here have similar size limits, although harness slots and adjustments differ. They all have superior safety ratings with no major concerns.

Overall, we think the Britax Boulevard shines because of its quality, comfort, easy use, and easy installation. A close second was the newer Emblem model, but it still does not get the perfect scores of the Boulevard. We give the Boulevard 5 out of 5 stars and are sad to know it will someday leave the market.

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Summary

Britax Boulevard is one of the best brand of car seat in the market that provides great quality of car seat in terms of safety and durability. It is very easy to install and it has high safety ratings from its beloved customers. However, this product will not be applicable for very small babies.