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I'm looking to purchase my almost 6 month old a new carseat. I'm interested in a Britax and I'm wondering what the difference is between the marathon and the boulevard. Also, will they fit easily into a Toyota Corolla? Thanks for the help.
 

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You will not have any trouble fitting the large Britaxes in that car.<br><br>
The two seats both rearface to 33, forward face to 65 pounds. They have inernal lock off mechanisms for seatbelt installations.<br><br>
The Marathon has four sets of strap heights from 10-17". The Boulevard is inifinitely adjustable from 10 to 16.5". The Boulevard has head wings that work in tandem with the harness system, the Marathon does not.<br><br>
The Marathon has a single lower anchor strap running across the bredth of the seat; the Boulevard has two indendent sets of webbing.<br><br>
All in all they are the same seat; the Boulevard simply has more bells and whistles and is slightly more user friendly.
 

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The new 2008 Boulevards and Marathons RF to 35 lbs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> And they both have independent LATCH straps.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The new 2008 Boulevards and Marathons RF to 35 lbs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> And they both have independent LATCH straps.</div>
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Those "wings" are side impact protection. The biggest difference between the Marathon and the Boulevard is that the latter has True Side Impact Protection and the former doesn't.<br><br>
Our son has been in a Marathon since birth; the next baby gets a Boulevard. ;-) (And DS will probably get a Frontier when he outgrows the Marathon... probably in another year or so.)
 

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Keep in mind that all five point harnessed seats with shells have side impact protection. The phrase "True Side Impact Protection" is licensed to Britax and doesn't have an official or legal meaning beyond what they attribute to it.<br><br>
The wings in the Boulevard are lined with EPS foam. In the Marathon the sides of the shells are lined with EPS foam.
 

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My 2005 Marathon has the seperate webbing, so it's been that way on them for a while.<br><br>
I'd go for either based on your budget. We love our MA, but if I had the $$ I'd get the Boulevard for the wings.
 

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I have a Marathon and a Boulevard and I like them both but I LOVE my Boulevard... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We just got my 7 month old a Boulevard. She loves it, and it fits well in our Dodge Stratus, even with the front seats pushed all the way back when my husband drives it.<br><br>
We don't have the LATCH system, though, and the lockoff on the side where you buckle it won't snap because the buckle is too high. but it's secure!
 

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You can twist the female buckle stalk up to three full turns to shorten it and get it out of the way. Otherwise, the buckle might be hitting the lockoff and preventing a solid install.
 
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