Convertible Car Seat review: Evenflo Titan

This seat has been discontinued and replaced by the Evenflo SureRide. Click here for review.

Price: $85-$100.

Type: Convertible seat.

Limits: 5 to 40 lbs. rear facing, 20 to 65 lbs. forward facing.

NHTSA ease of use rating: Rear facing: Three out of five stars. Forward facing: Two out of five stars.

Pros: Affordable seat that works to 65 lbs. Premium LATCH connectors (Walmart version).

Cons: Hard to clean cover and adjust straps. Twisty straps.

Comments: Here’s another seat to consider for grandma’s car— the Evenflo Titan is a bare-bones seat where the price ($85-$100) is right. Nothing fancy here: you get a five-point harness, four shoulder positions and simple padding. This seat did rank as a best buy by Consumer Reports with a “best” rating for crash protection.

FYI: Evenflo makes several versions of the Titan, including a Walmart version ($100) which adds premium LATCH connectors (called SureSafe). And we should note the Titan is very similar to the Evenflo SureRide, another Evenflo affordable convertible.

Like the Cosco Scenera, the Evenflo Titan has little side-impact protection or fancy padding, but, hey, it’s affordable. Most reader feedback on the Titan is positive, with folks saying the Titan provides good value with basic features. The big gripe we heard from parents on the Titan were the straps—some found the harness hard to adjust, especially when the seat is rear facing. Yes, you have to rethread the harness when you change the harness height, which is common on low-price convertible seats.

A few parents complained this seat was hard to install, with too-short LATCH straps for some vehicles. There is only one recline position, not uncommon at this price point. There also is no level indicator, meaning you have to eyeball it for the correct installation rear-facing.

Between the Evenflo Titan and the Cosco Scenera Next, we think either would be a good bet for Grandma. If you are on a tight budget, the Next is a good deal at $45 to $60. But if you step up to the Evenflo Titan, you get a seat that works to 65 lbs. (versus 40 or 50 lbs for the Scenera) and premium LATCH connectors (SureSafe) that will ease installation.

Rating: B+