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Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB Review

Impressive option with quality features and super easy installation parents will love
Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB
The Britax Boulevard ClickTight
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $400 List | $369.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to install and use, cozy comfort, nice quality
Cons:  Average crash test results
Manufacturer:   Britax
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Dec 21, 2021
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  • Crash Test - 35% 5.5
  • Ease Of Install - LATCH - 20% 9.5
  • Ease Of Install - Belt - 15% 9.6
  • Ease Of Use - 15% 7.6
  • Comfort / Quality - 10% 8.6
  • Weight / Size - 5% 5.0

The Skinny

The Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB is a top convertible seat with a price to match its high overall score. This seat is the easiest to install, making it potentially safer than products that are challenging to install, as studies indicate that correct installation is key for preventing injuries in real-world crashes. It also has an easy-to-use headrest harness height adjustment and thick padding for a comfortable ride. This seat has one of the highest price tags in this review, so parents on a budget may want to look elsewhere. Plus, the Boulevard did not perform as well as the competition in crash testing, which is something parents may want to consider. However, the ridiculously easy installation and high-quality comfy design could be the deciding factors that make this ClickTight your seat of choice.

Editor's Note: This review now includes more information on the smaller tests within the test metrics that impact the overall score, so you can see a side-by-side comparison of some of the minutia. This review was updated on December 21, 2021.

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Pros Easy to install and use, cozy comfort, nice qualityGreat crash test results, easy to use, attractive price, lighterBest crash test results, rear-facing till 50 lbs, pricePrice, easy to use, best head sensor crash testBudget-friendly, better crash test results, narrow
Cons Average crash test resultsHarder to install using the vehicle beltNot the best quality, harder belt installationLess padding, somewhat harder to install using vehicle beltThin padding, harder to install, lower quality
Bottom Line Impressive option with quality features and super easy installation parents will loveA lightweight, easy to use seat with excellent crash test result and priceBest crash test results on a budget-friendly seat that lets little ones sit rear-facing for longerBetter crash test results make this easy to use, inexpensive seat a winnerInexpensive choice with impressive crash test results
Rating Categories Britax Boulevard Cl... Britax Emblem Graco Extend2Fit Britax Allegiance Evenflo Tribute LX
Crash Test (35%)
5.5
8.0
8.5
8.0
8.0
Ease Of Install - LATCH (20%)
9.5
7.2
6.6
7.2
4.9
Ease Of Install - Belt (15%)
9.6
6.0
7.0
6.0
5.1
Ease Of Use (15%)
7.6
7.6
7.3
7.6
6.6
Comfort / Quality (10%)
8.6
7.4
5.8
6.8
3.4
Weight / Size (5%)
5.0
5.5
5.0
5.5
9.5
Specs Britax Boulevard Cl... Britax Emblem Graco Extend2Fit Britax Allegiance Evenflo Tribute LX
Crash Test HIC Score 289 218 214 186 251.2
Crash Test Chest G Clip 51 42 40 43 42.7
Min/Max Rear Facing Passenger Weight 5 - 40 lbs 5 - 40 lbs 4 - 50 lbs 5 - 40 lbs 5 - 40 lbs
Min/Max Forward Facing Passenger Weight 20 - 65 lbs 20 - 65 lbs 22 - 64 lbs 20 - 65 lbs 22 - 40 lbs
Max Rear Facing Passenger Height Child's head must be at least 1 in. below the top of the head restraint Child's head must be at least 1 in. below the top of the head restraint Child's head must be at least 1 in. below the top of the head restraint Child's head must be at least 1 in. below the top of the head restraint 37"
Max Forward Facing Passenger Height 49" and the child's ears must be below the top of the head restraint. 49" and the child's ears must be below the top of the head restraint. 49" and the child's ears must be below the top of the seat shell. 49" and the child's ears must be below the top of the head restraint. 40"
Measured Rear Facing Seat Weight 29.5 lbs 18.8 lbs 18.7 lbs 18.5 lbs 9.3 lbs
Measured Forward Facing Seat Weight 28.4 lbs 18.8 lbs 18.7 lbs 18.5 lbs 9.1 lbs
Width 18" 18.9" 19.6" 18.8" 17"
Recline Positions 7 1 Rear Facing
2 Forward Facing
4 Rear Facing
3 Forward Facing
1 Rear Facing
2 Forward Facing
1 Rear Facing
1 Forward Facing
Max Recline Angle 51° 42° 51° 42° 45°
Shoulder Harness Positions 14 10 10 10 4
Crotch Strap Positions 2 2 2 2 2
Built in Lock Off No Yes No Yes No
Anti-rebound Device Yes No No No No
Head Support Yes No No No No
Newborn Insert Yes Yes Yes Yes No
No Rethread Harness Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Onboard Manual Storage Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Level Indicator On Seat Ball in Tube. Line on Decal Ball in Tube. Line on Decal Line Molded onto Shell
Foam Type EPP EPP EPS EPP EPS
Seat Lifespan 10 yrs 7 7 yrs 7 6 yrs
Warranty 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 90 Days

Our Analysis and Test Results

Britax is a 70-year-old European company that made its way to the US in 1996. In short order, the company became one of the country's most popular baby gear brands. The Britax company works to design baby products that improve family life and products include a variety of strollers and easier to install car seats. They also own the BOB stroller company specializing in jogging strollers.

Performance Comparison



Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB convertible car seat - the boulevard offers epp foam inserts in the headrest that the...
The Boulevard offers EPP foam inserts in the headrest that the manufacturer claims helps protect baby in the event of a side impact collision.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Crash Test


In this review, the Britax Boulevard ClickTight earned an average score for crash tests. All of the seats in this review and sold in the US must meet or exceed Federal safety guidelines as defined in FMVSS 213, which means this seat is considered safe and performed better than some of the competition in an apples-to-apples comparison of results from identical test methods. The test methods BabyGearLab uses are identical to those used by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a true side-by-side comparison of results.


In comparison, the Boulevard had G-force test results that were the fourth lowest for HIC sensors and the second-highest for the chest sensor, which hurt its overall rank compared to the competition. However, the HIC forces are far below the maximum allowable by over 710 points and below the maximum chest forces allowed by almost 10 points.

The comparison charts below show the sensor results of each seat for a side-by-side comparison that better details how each seat obtained its crash test analysis score in our review.



Higher Cost Doesn't Mean Safer
While the ClickTight seats are more expensive than the non-ClickTight Britax options, this does not mean they are safer. While we understand this assumption, results from crash testing indicate that the ClickTight models are not as safe as the less expensive Britax Emblem and Britax Allegiance seats. The ClickTight options are easier to install, but if you are looking for a quality seat with better crash test results, you'll need to look outside the ClickTight group.

The charts below show the test data from the test dummy sensors in the Boulevard (shown in black) and the test data for the seats in this review that have the lowest recorded G forces (shown in green) for comparison.

Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB convertible car seat - the g-force head sensor data for the boulevard (in black) compared...
The G-force head sensor data for the Boulevard (in black) compared to the Essentials by Britax Allegiance (in green).
Credit: BabyGearLab, MGA Research
Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB convertible car seat - the g force chest sensor data for the boulevard (shown in black)...
The G force chest sensor data for the Boulevard (shown in black) compared to the Clek Foonf (shown in green).
Credit: NHSTA, BabyGearLab

The Britax Allegiance head sensor recorded the lowest G-forces during testing. The Clek Foonf chest sensor recorded the lowest amount of G-forces compared to the other products we tested. The Britax Advocate ClickTight ARB differs from the Boulevard ClickTight by having one of the lowest crash test scores in the review. This metric is the only one where the two diverged in their test results, with the Advocate earning only 3 of 10. An impressive crash test option is the Graco Extend2Fit.

Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB convertible car seat - the honeycomb base on the boulevard is designed to help absorb...
The honeycomb base on the Boulevard is designed to help absorb impact forces in the event of a crash.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Boulevard also has a honeycomb-shaped component at the bottom of the seat designed to absorb the impact of a crash. While it is hard to say that it does this, we like most additional safety features over the standard fare found in most car seats. The ARB version of the Boulevard also includes a removable anti-rebound bar for the rear-facing configuration of this product. This feature is designed to decrease the amount of seat rotation during an accident to prevent the baby from moving too much in the seat.

Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB convertible car seat - the latch clips on the boulevard are the simpler version that is...
The LATCH clips on the Boulevard are the simpler version that is somewhat harder to remove than the push button type that mimics a seatbelt.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Install - LATCH


The Boulevard ClickTight has top-level performance for ease of installation using the LATCH system.


While this seat is known for its easy installation using the vehicle belt, it is just as easy to install using the LATCH hooks. The LATCH hooks are the clip style, making them more difficult to remove (you'll need to push them in and then turn them sideways to pull out), but they work well and are easy enough to use. The seat feels stable once installed, and the LATCH belt is easy to tighten and release, or at least not as difficult to release as some of the competition.

Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB convertible car seat - the recline angle adjustment handle is located on the foot of the...
The recline angle adjustment handle is located on the foot of the seat base on the Boulevard and is easy to operate, but difficult to use when the seat is in a rear facing configuration.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The handle for recline adjustment is located near the seat's foot, as it is in the other Britax options we tested. The handle placement can make adjusting the angle difficult after installing the seat in the rear-facing direction. We recommend changing the recline before installation to avoid the hassle of loosening the straps to fit your hand in between the car seat and the vehicle seat.

Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB convertible car seat - forward facing vehicle seat belt installation using the shoulder...
Forward Facing vehicle seat belt installation using the shoulder belt for the Britax Boulevard ClickTight.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Install - Belt


Installation of the Boulevard using the vehicle belt is where this seat shines in the competition earning the highest result possible.


Pushing the seat bottom down over the belt will create a snug and...
Pushing the seat bottom down over the belt will create a snug and secure installation for the Boulevard using the ClickTight system.
For forward facing installation on the Boulevard the belt path is on...
For forward facing installation on the Boulevard the belt path is on the back portion of the seat which is easily accessible after you lift the seat bottom.

These photos show the belt path for Boulevard in the rear-facing position (above left) and the front-facing position (above right).

Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB convertible car seat - the button on the front of the boulevard seat bottom is used to open...
The button on the front of the Boulevard seat bottom is used to open the seat bottom to access the belt path.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The ClickTight has a relatively unique belt installation method with a built-in lock-off that is virtually foolproof and makes installing this seat the easiest option we tested by far. The method means there is no more fumbling around with the seat trying to get the belt tight enough or contorting yourself into the back of the seat to apply pressure to tighten the belt.

The video below shows an overview of the installation of the Boulevard ClickTight.



To install the ClickTight, you lift the seat bottom, thread the belt across the seat bottom, remove the slack (do not try to tighten), and then close the seat bottom by pushing it back down until it "clicks" (hence the name of ClickTight). This installation is so easy that we managed it entirely from outside the vehicle without the need for extra pressure on the seat. The seat is very stable and felt secure after every installation, and in every car we used for testing. Even threading the belt is easier than the competition because once you open the seat, the belt path is right there and easy to access with no need to feed the belt through small openings.

Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB convertible car seat - the boulevard has 7 recline positions and a level indicator that...
The boulevard has 7 recline positions and a level indicator that helps parents ensure that the seat is installed properly.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Boulevard has an installation indicator that helps caregivers determine when the seat installation is at the right angle in relation to the vehicle seat (not recline angle).

Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB convertible car seat - the boulevard harness release button is fairly deep inside and...
The Boulevard harness release button is fairly deep inside and larger fingers may have difficulty with the opening and shorter fingers may struggle as well.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Boulevard performance for ease of use is once again one of the highest scores in this metric (there seems to be a pattern here).


Ease of use impacts your day-to-day activities and happiness with a seat, making it one of the more important metrics to consider when choosing a product.



The video above shows some of the features of the Boulevard ClickTight.

Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB convertible car seat - the buckle and chest clip on the boulevard are easy enough to use...
The buckle and chest clip on the Boulevard are easy enough to use, though not the easiest in the group.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


The Boulevard buckle isn't hard to use and works with one hand, but it is stiff and might be difficult for some people. The chest clip releases without putting your hand under it.

Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB convertible car seat - the boulevard has an easy to adjust, non-rethread harness height...
The Boulevard has an easy to adjust, non-rethread harness height adjustment that work smoothly and is easy to operate.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The harness on the Boulevard is a non-rethread option with 14 positions and moves smoothly after squeezing the handle to adjust the height. The harness can change heights with your baby in the seat, which is convenient and ensures it always fits properly. Tightening the harness uses the Britax "Click & Safe" harness tightening method, where you pull on the strap until it clicks, indicating the harness is tight enough. We suggest you still double-check the tightness with the pinch test, but we love that Britax is trying to innovate its products to make them easier for parents and safer for children. The strap slides in and out smoothly with little force required to tighten. Loosening the harness is done with a button located relatively deep under the seat cushion and behind a plastic bevel that prevents little fingers from touching it. The crotch strap has two positions that help ensure the right fit for most babies.

Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB convertible car seat - the tether and latch clips on the boulevard all stow away in pockets...
The tether and LATCH clips on the Boulevard all stow away in pockets with plastic covers.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

LATCH Storage


The LATCH clips on the Boulevard store in small plastic cubbies on the back of the base, and the LATCH tether stores in a hard plastic pocket at the top of the seatback. Both storage compartments keep the connectors safely out of the way if necessary. The Boulevard user manual stores behind the seat back and padding. We think there is a chance the manual could get damaged in this location, but it isn't the worst spot in the group.

Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB convertible car seat - the boulevard manual stows behind the seat back fabric against the...
The Boulevard manual stows behind the seat back fabric against the shell.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Cover


The cover for the Boulevard is hand wash only and line dry. This washing method is a bummer given that some of the competition have machine washable covers. On the upside, this cover is relatively easy to remove and comes off in four pieces making removal quick and painless. Even though the cover tucks into the shell for a seamless look, it is still easy to put back on. Given that children can be messy, we think it is important that the covers are washable.

Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB convertible car seat - the boulevard scored well for quality and comfort with a nice...
The Boulevard scored well for quality and comfort with a nice overall fit and finish that is sleek and polished looking.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Comfort/Quality


This ClickTight seat excels in comfort and quality, offering additional padding, a padded headrest, and a thicker seat bottom.


The fabric on the Boulevard is nice. The seat bottom is dense and feels thicker and more comfortable than much of the competition. The fabric looks like it will wear well over time, and it fits snugly and tucks into the shell, so it looks relatively seamless.

Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB convertible car seat - the plastic shell on the boulevard helps make the seat look sleek...
The plastic shell on the Boulevard helps make the seat look sleek and keeps all the parts in their place.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The shell on the Boulevard is almost fully contained. Given the lack of nooks and crannies or sharp edges, it looks like it will stay clean with a quick wipe and won't get hung up on anything. We like smooth seat backs as they are easier to clean and less likely to cause injury or damage to the vehicle. The Boulevard has Expanded Polypropylene (EPP), and we prefer this kind of foam to the more common Expanded Polystyrene (EPS). It is less brittle, doesn't off-gas, and is more environmentally friendly.

Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB convertible car seat - the seat bottom on the boulevard is relatively smooth and doesn't...
The seat bottom on the Boulevard is relatively smooth and doesn't appear as though it will damage the vehicle seat.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The fit and finish of this Britax are better than most of the competition. The bottom of the seat is smooth and fully covered with a rubber edge and raised lettering. It is unlikely to cause any damage to a vehicle seat or leave significant indent marks.

Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB convertible car seat - the boulevard is the second heaviest seat in the group at 28 pounds...
The Boulevard is the second heaviest seat in the group at 28 pounds 7 ounces.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight


The Boulevard is heavy at 28 lbs 7 ounces; the anti-rebound bar gains 1.05 lbs in the rear-facing position only.


The lightest seat is just over 9 lbs, making it a better option for urban dwellers who may need to carry this seat from taxi to town. On the upside, the Boulevard is fairly narrow at 18 inches, with only four seats in this review measuring smaller.

Should You Buy the Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB ?


If you are worried about installing your car seat correctly or struggle with car seat installation, then this is the seat for you. This seat earned top marks for all types of installation in every configuration, and we think Britax has created a seat almost anyone can install without fear. This is a top-ranking product and one we think most parents will love. If you love the Britax brand but were hoping to spend less, the Britax Emblem is an impressive seat with attributes any family will love for a price almost half that of the Boulevard.

What Other Convertible Car Seat Should You Consider?


While the Boulevard is an easy-to-install seat, it did not earn the highest crash test results in the group. So, if purchasing a seat with the absolute highest crash-test analysis is your objective, then you might want to consider the Graco Extend2Fit. This seat offers impressive results in our crash testing metric, and we love that it has a reasonable price. While crash test results are important, we remind you that proper installation is also a key factor in creating the safest riding environment for little ones. The Graco is slightly more challenging to install, but if you take your time or employ help from the experts, it could be just as secure as the Boulevard, making a seat that is installed correctly with better crash test scores a reality for your little one.

Other Versions


In addition to the Boulevard, Britax also makes a variety of other car seat options.

  • Britax Advocate ClickTight ARB — This is Britax's most expensive convertible car seat. It is very similar to the Boulevard earning identical scores in most metrics except for crash test results and installation. Because this seat scored lower in our crash test analysis, is slightly harder to install, and costs more than the Boulevard, we recommend the Boulevard over the Advocate.
  • Britax Marathon ClickTight ARB — This is the most economical ClickTight in our review, with better crash test results than the Advocate but slightly lower than the Boulevard. This car seat has similar features and functionality to the other ClickTight options in this review and identical performance scores to the Advocate. While it is a nice enough seat, for $10 more, you can get the Boulevard with the better crash-test results.
  • Britax Allegiance — This car seat is a wallet-friendly option by Britax. While it does not offer the ClickTight installation method, it is still relatively easy to install and manages a higher crash test score than any ClickTight options. This makes the Allegiance an economical option that offers an additional margin of protection.
  • Britax Emblem — The Emblem is very similar to the Allegiance, but with a little upgrade in materials and padding, including a thicker, more substantial headrest apparatus. The two Essentials by Britax options earned similar scores, with the only variation being the Emblem having a 1 point lead for comfort and quality. .

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