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Britax Frontier 85
 
Approximate retail price:
$250
Summary: The Frontier 85 is one of many toddler booster seats offered by Britax. A similar model called the Frontier 85 SICT includes side impact-protection.
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Type: Greater than 40 lb. harness capacity toddler booster seats
About - Britax Frontier 85

The Britax Frontier 85 is part of the car seat test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, toddler booster seat models like the Frontier 85 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Harnessed crash protection:
A rating of the potential for each seat to limit injury and movement of a child in a crash based on simulated frontal crash tests using child sized dummies.

Ease of use:
Our judgment of how easy each seat is to use including the clarity of the labels and instructions, adjustments of clips and buckles, the transition of the seat between harness and booster modes and installation features such as LATCH connections and top tethers.

Fit-to-vehicle LATCH:
A rating of how easy it is to securely and correctly install each seat, in the harnessed mode, using the LATCH system in a variety of vehicles and how well they fit each vehicle once installed.

Similar Models
The following models have the same ratings as Britax Frontier 85.
Features and specs may vary
Britax Frontier 85 SICT
Price range:
$259.98 - $269.98
Price & shop
The Ratings applied to untested model Britax Frontier 85 SICT come from our tests of model Britax Frontier 85, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
About This Brand

A British company that now manufactures seats in the U.S. as well. Britax seats are often considered a high-end product and incorporate many safety and ease-of-use features but often also have a higher price.

Features & Specs - Britax Frontier 85
info Weight range harness (lbs.) 25-85
info Height range harness (in.) 30-57
info Weight range booster (lbs.) 40-120
info Height range booster (in.) 42-65
info Seat weight (lbs.) 19
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User Reviews - Britax Frontier 85
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Superior Car Seat
9/20/2013
Pros
Portable
Stable
Stylish
Cons
Hard To Clean
Best Uses
Comment:
This is our 3rd Britax seat. We bought it for our 4 year old (who chose the stylish cow pattern). Although she was tall enough and weighed enough for a backless booster, I wasn't comfortable with that, plus we travel long distances to visit family and I wanted a seat that had a comfortable headrest for her to nap or just relax against and the Britax Frontier 85 is excellent for that. Last year, after having the seat for over 1 year, the center adjustable strap at the base of the seat began to fray which made adjusting the straps difficult. I called Britax to see if I could get a new strap and they sent me one FREE of charge along with directions and the handy tool needed to install. I installed it myself in 10 minutes - no problem. When our daughter turned 6 we removed the seat straps, purchased the anti-submarine strap from Britax and used the seat with just the car seat belt (still attached with the latch system). Now our son is 3 - he's grown out of his Britax seat and desperately wants the cow seat, so we'll move our daughter into the Parkway SGL and pass the cow seat to our son. We've kept the straps for the Frontier 85, so we'll just re-attach them. We're definitely a Britax family and always will be, no matter how wrong CR is :-) The Frontier is cumbersome to move from car to car, but I'll deal with that because I want my children in car seats that are substantial in girth and the Frontier 85 is very stable which = safety.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Britax Frontier 85
11/13/2012
Pros
Easy To Assemble
Easy to Clean
Lightweight
Portable
Stable
Stylish
Cons
Best Uses
Travel
Comment:
I have used mostly Graco seats, however we got this for my four year old because she outgrew her graco car seats. I love this car seat and wish I would have spent the money on britax car seats before this one. Moving any car seats is a pain, but in my opinion this one is easily moved. We are in the truck on a daily basis as well as long 16-18 hour trips and my daughter has yet to complain about sitting in her seat. I don't feel like she looks uncomfortable when driving, as well as the safety ratings for this seat. I have a 2.5 year old who will not sit in her graco car seat when her sister is not in the truck. Looking at getting her the same car seat. Would highly recommend this car seat to anyone.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Love it!
7/26/2012
Pros
Stable
Stylish
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
We have only owned 2 carseats. The Britax Boulevard (which our child still uses in 1 car) and the Frontier. I recommend both carseats to all of my friends for their children. The Britax brand is safe, cost-effective because of its' quality, and stylish.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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