Safety is of great importance when driving a vehicle with children in it. Both Maxi-Cosi and Britax know this and manufacture their car seats for the highest of safety for all children within car seat weight restrictions.
Two of their models worth looking into are the Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 and the Britax Boulevard.
These models have the following four categories to compare to each other: rear and front facing, weight and height restrictions, safety features, and fun features for the parents.
Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 vs. Britax Boulevard
Rear and Front Facing Options
As are with many car seat models today, both the Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 and the Britax Boulevard are considered convertible car seats. This means that, depending on the child’s height and weight, the car seats can be used as either a rear facing car seat or a front facing car seat.
Weight and Height Restrictions
The Maxi-Cosi 85, for use as a rear facing car seat, has weight restrictions of 14 lbs to 40 lbs. When used at a front facing car seat it can be used for children starting at 22 lbs and going as high as 85 lbs.
The Britax Boulevard features both weight and height restrictions on their products. When used as a rear facing car seat the weight limit is between 5 lbs and 40 lbs. The height restrictions is between 0 in to 49 in. When used as a front facing car seat the weight restrictions start at 20 lbs and go as high as 65 lbs. The height restrictions for the front facing option are the same as the rear facing option.
The Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 has some great features added into the car seat. One of the high safety features for this model is the Air Protect air cushion system.
In addition to the air cushion system, the Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 also has a one-hand harness adjustment system to create the safety fix for your child.
The Britax Boulevard certainly creates sturdy car seats for your child. The car seat is made of steel (as opposed to the popular plastic use) and uses an additional layer of side impact protection in its design.
A bonus for this model is that it comes with a Click & Safe Snug Harness indicator to let you know if you have the proper harness fit for your child.
Fun Parent Features
Just because you’re are purchasing a safety product for your child doesn’t mean that you can’t have some fun with it! Check out these nice parent features!
The Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 indulges parents in the following options:
- Three color combinations to choose from:
- Black/black, grey/blue, grey/pink
- Removable set pad and harness covers
- Premium fabrics for comfort while maintain the ability to be washable and dryer safe
- One-Click latch to easily put your child in the car or take them out of the car
- Gripping cup holder to keep those drinks from tipping over without the aid of a child pushing them
The Britax Boulevard also has some great “spoil-parent” options as well. Check them out!
- Six color combinations:
- Black/grid-pattern grey
- Black/solid red
- Black/solid teal
- Black, solid grey, dashed line grey
- Black/charcoal grey
- Black/cross-hatch grey
- Includes removable pillow
- Adjustments with push of one button
Overall Product Recommendation
Even though both these car seat models are awesome, I would have to choose the Britax Boulevard. Having a car seat made from steel is very assuring to my peace of mind. The Click & Safe Snug Harness Indicator also helps to make sure that, as the child grows, I am still keeping their harness in a safe position and tightness.
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