Great step up from an infant car seat, Britax Bloulevard 70 CS Review
April 15, 2012
First of all, very well constructed car seat. I did a lot of research prior to purchasing the Britax Boulevard 70 CS car seat. It gets high marks for all of the safety features, comfort, and style. However, I will say it is not the easiest seat to install and it is not a great choice if being used as a rear facing seat.
I would recommend throwing away the written installation instructions that come with the seat. They are almost useless. Just watch the YouTube installation video from Britax. The written instructions are a bit vague and can be confusing. In actuality its not that hard to install, just a bit time consuming and it can be difficult to loosen and tighten some of the straps while trying to get the car seat level with the vehicle's seat.
In addition, I don't think this is a very good seat to be used as rear facing. I attempted to install the seat rear facing for my 12 month old. However, his feet were crammed up on the my vehicle's seat and the car seat itself did not feel as stable in the rear facing direction. I just switched the seat to face forward. While in the front facing direction it is EXTREMELY stable and while not budge. I believe the new recommendation is for children up to two years old to be in a rear facing seat. However, this is not very practical if you have a tall child. I don't have any worries using this as a front facing seat for my 12 month old child and he seems to enjoy its comfort.
Finally, this seat fits great into both of my vehicles. There is plenty of leg room for the driver or front passenger (depending on where you install) when the car seat is installed in either my Land Rover Discovery or Volkswagen Sportwagen. However, it would still be a tight squeeze, in either vehicle, if attempting to fit two adult or teenage rear passengers with the car seat installed.
Overall I am very happy with the Britax Boulevard. The safety and security of this seat outweigh any of the negatives of installing the seat. I would certainly recommend this seat for anyone looking to replace an infant seat with a very well built FRONT facing car seat.
Pros:Safety rating, stable, secure, comfort, style, and peace of mind.
Cons:Install instructions, strap loosening button, and the fact that it is not a good rear facing seat.