This post entails a review done by New Zealand Child Restraints on the Evenflo Sure Ride DLX convertible car seat, dated April 2013. To see a larger image, click on the photo.
- Evenflo Sureride DLX
Evenflo Sureride DLX
Basic seat facts:
Rear facing 2.3 – 18kg (48 – 102 cm)
Forward facing 10 – 29.4 kg (71 – 137 cm) At least 12 months old.
Maximum height – 137 cm
Standard – NZ “S” 1754 (New Zealand)
Lifespan – 6 yrs
6 – height slots – 17, 22, 27, 37, 43, 49 cm
2 – buckle slots – 14, 18.5 cm (from back of seat)
Seat width – 46 cm (across leg area)
Shoulder width – 33 cm
Leg width – 33cm
Crotch buckle length -15.5 cm (Including buckle head)
Bum to top - 63 cm
Bum to legs – 31 cm
Shell height – 71 cm
Back width – 39 cm
Base depth – 44 cm
A locking clip
Cup Holder x1
Push in lever to adjust harness.
Single engaging buckle tongues
Latch and top tether attachments
About the Sureride DLX
A good sized seat suitable from birth to booster, with deep sides and tall shoulder slots. Most children will last for ages in this seat, or at least the full lifespan of the seat (6 years).
It’s lovely and light weight, so it’s easy to swap quickly between cars.
Latch fitted with adjustable sides (both).
- Light weight
- High shoulder slots will last children to booster age easily
- Toddler insert padding
- Latch and tether attachment slots to store away when not in use
- Slot 4 can be used for either rear or forward facing, slots 1-3 must be used for rear facing and slots 5 & 6 must be used for forward facing.
- Continuous loop harness
- Large space needed when rear facing, but slightly less than the Diono convertible seats.
- Large gaps between slots 3 and 4.
Expected retail price of this seat $349
The seat comes with the typical features like top tether (forward facing use only), LATCH anchors, chest clip, toddler inserts and locking clip.
On the rear of the seat you will also find the locking clip, expiry date and top tether strap. LATCH hooks connect to hooks on the side of the shell.
While we have not yet taken measurements from the seat, it looks like you will get 6 years for a heavy/tall child, and up to 7-8 years use for children at the lower ends of the growth curves.
The seat has life span of 6 years (2013 – 2019), as noted on the white sticker on the top rear of the seat. The seat has an easy to read manufacturing date system.
Seat fabric – It seems that it will wear well. Easy to remove as one piece. The extra padding comes away without uninstalling the belts or buckle.
For what it’s worth we had a 4yr old, 104cm tall, 16kg heavy in this seat. He’s at the 4th set of slots (with 2 more slots to go). The seat installed easily in forward facing mode with isofix, and top tether, on leather seats with minimal movement and was not installed with a knee press, just hand on the seat area. I found the seat fit the vehicle contours well, and was easy enough for the child to climb into and out of the seat. He says that the seat is comfortable, and his preferred choice over the Securekid booster seat (in harness mode). His only qualm was the lack of cup holder (which was not attached to the car seat).
The images below will help you experience the seat as if you are in the store right now.
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