The Britax Pioneer 70 is the only car seat from this brand that I have on my list of toddler car seats to review. Like the Performance SPORT, the Pioneer 70 is a combination harness to booster seat, not a 3-in-1 like the Graco seats.
The Pioneer 70 is designed for children who weigh between 25 and 110 pounds, as well as being between the heights of 30 to 59 inches. The minimum age that Britax recommends for the Pioneer 70 is two years old, which is in line with the recommendations of the American Academy of pediatrics who advise parents to keep their children in rear facing seats until at least two years of age
Unlike some car seats, the Pioneer 70 allows for five point harnessing up to a maximum of 70 pounds. This means you can keep your child in this longer, instead of transitioning them to the belt positioning booster seat.
This is an advantage since it’s sometimes difficult to keep your child upright and safely restrained when in a booster seat. However, at 70 pounds and up until 110 pounds the Pioneer 70 does convert into a belt positioning booster seat.
Britax does have several excellent car seats, with the Pioneer 70 being their entry-level combination seat. While I won’t be reviewing them here, you might also want to look at the Britax Frontier 90 and the Britax Pinnacle 90. Despite the fact that the Pioneer 70 is the entry-level, it’s got an array of safety features.
Britax has a lineup of safety innovations, including Head Safety technology, SafeCell technology in the base, integrated steel bars and an energy absorbing tether. When put together, these components work to protect your child’s head.
During a frontal impact they work to minimize forward movement. You child is protected during a side impact as well, due to Britax’s True Side impaction protection. This is achieved by incorporating deep side walls and a head restraint, which is lined with EPS foam.
In the event of a crash, force is diverted away from your child while keeping their neck, head and body aligned or in true position. Another feature is the five-point harness, which is tangle free. Should a crash happen, the harness’ job is to contain your child while at the same time distributing the force of the crash across the strongest sections of your child’s body.
Features of the Britax Pioneer 70
- Energy Absorbing Versa-Tether
- True Side Impact Protection provides deep side walls
- Base with SafeCell Technology designed to keep your child safe and secure in a crash by compressing
- Integrated Steel Bars strengthen the connection to the vehicle and reduce forward flexing of the child seat
- Made in the USA
Unlike some of the other car seats I’ve reviewed, there is no need to uninstall the seat if you need or want to adjust the harness height. It has an easy access belt path and a harness that does not need to be re-threaded. When using the seat in harness mode, you have the option of reclining the seat or having it in an upright position.
When transitioning to harness or booster mode you can do so without having to take the seat apart. This is a great option if you have more than one child using the seat at different times. The Pioneer 70 also provides a roomy seat and is perfect for children who might be above average in size.