Weight: 40 to 120 lbs.
IIHS rating: Not yet.
NHTSA ease of use rating: Not yet.
Pros: Extra side impact protection, a bit wider seat and 10 position headrest.
Cons: Doesn’t convert to backless for older kids.
Comments: Britax has recently released a new belt positioning booster seat to replace the Parkway: the Britax Highpoint. With multiple layers of side impact protection, weight limits from 40 to 120 lbs., a 10-position head restraint, cup holders and Secure-Guard Belt clip, the Highpoint is certainly more up-to-date than the aging Parkway. (FYI: the Parkway has been rechristened as the Skyline in Britax’s new lower price line, Essentials).
We like that the Britax Highpoint is one inch wider in the seat while still fitting well three across (or so the company claims; measure your back seat carefully before ordering). The additional layer of impact protection is great too.
Britax is also catching up on the fashion side, with the Highpoint sporting a trendy space dye fabric in three colors. A special version of the Highpoint made for just Brixy specialty stores also adds Nanotex, which Britax claims is spill, stain and odor resistant. We will see—toddlers and older kiddos have a special way to make the stain resistant not so resistant.
The downside: the Britax Highpoint doesn’t convert to a backless booster making the $150 price tag a bit spendy. The seat is so brand new we don’t have reader feedback on it yet. Check back for updates.