Britax Marathon CS Car Seat Review {Giveaway}

When it was time for Lucas to transition from an infant car seat to a toddler car seat, I knew that I wanted a Britax. No, they are not the cheapest out there, but they are top-rated, SAFE car seats. I just trust Britax to make a superior car seat and you can’t put a price on safety. You just can’t. At that time, we purchased a Britax Boulevard and it was the right choice. It is so comfy and is loaded with safety features! Recently, I got the chance to test out one of Britax’s newest car seats–the Marathon CS {pictured below}.

The Britax Marathon CS Convertible Car Seat is basically a revamped version of the original Marathon. It includes all the same great safety features of the Marathon with the added Click & Safe Snug Harness Indicator, which audibly {with a “click”} lets you know when the harness is secure. The Marathon CS is used rear-facing from 5-35 lbs. and forward-facing from 1 year & 20, up to 65 lbs. This is a huge bonus because it will last for years!

Comfort-wise, the Marathon CS rocks! It sits high up and easily reclines in both the rear or forward facing position. The car seat has a very plush cover and belly pad. Total luxury for the kiddos while still remaining practical for parents since the cover comes off for easy wash. Not to mention that installation is a breeze. It takes about 5-10 minutes to install using the push-button LATCH system. Mike installed it in 5 minutes, but he is very used to doing it. It might take a newbie 10 minutes the first time, but after that it’s easy peasy. We have an SUV so there is definitely enough room for the Marathon CS, but I think it would even fit well in smaller cars since it has a small, contoured base that doesn’t take up much space at all. I still recommend that you first try it out in your car at the store to make sure before you buy!

Let’s talk about what really matters though–safety. The Marathon CS features side impact protection that distributes crash forces, shields from vehicle intrusion, and contains the head, neck, and body. Just check out the features:

  • Energy-Absorbing Base deforms in the event of a crash to absorb impact forces
  • Built-in Lock-Off(s) secure the vehicle seat belt so that the child seat does not move more than one inch side-to-side or front-to-back at the belt path
  • HUGS™ (Harness Ultra Guard System) reduces forward head movement and cushions the chest in the event of impact
  • High Density Comfort Foam provides an extra layer of padding to gently cushion the child
  • Energy-Absorbing Foam Liner (EPS) absorbs and distributes crash forces
  • Patented, Energy-Absorbing Versa-Tether with staged-release tether webbing, anchors the top of the child seat at two points to minimize forward movement in a crash
  • Five-Point Harness makes contact with the strongest parts of the body

The only thing that I don’t like is that you do have to rethread the harness when you want to adjust the height. This is a bit of a pain especially since I am not used to having to do that with the Boulevard, which has the No-Rethread Harness {love it!}. Other than that though, I do love the new Marathon CS. It’s easy to use, comfy and safe! You just can’t go wrong with a Britax car seat.

Want It: The Britax Marathon CS can be purchased at major retailers and the suggested retail price is $299.99.

This contest is closed. Congratulations to the winner, GinaE1980!