Britax Advocate G4.1, Britax Marathon G4.1 and Boulevard G4.1 Review Update for 2015
The Britax Boulevard G4 and other Britax G4 convertibles are getting a facelift for 2015. So, this review is a very minor update to our 2014 Britax Advocate Full Review. We recommend reading our full review for all the details of the Britax G4 and G4.1 convertibles, as this review will just cover the updates for 2015. The Britax G4 convertibles have not changed in any significant way, but only have some minor labeling and marketing changes moving into 2015 with the unofficial G4.1 designation. Here are the changes:
- Label added to infant positioning pillow. MUST be used for children weighing 22 lbs. or less in a rear-facing position. DO NOT use over 22 lbs. DO NOT use in a forward-facing position.
- Boulevard now marketed with Complete Side Impact Protection PLUS, indicates the energy-absorbing head restraint system with side impact wings.
- Maximum limits continue to be 65 pounds forward-facing (seatbelt), 50 pounds forward-facing (LATCH) and 40 pounds rear-facing.
- Top tether length shortened; extenders available
- Rear-Facing accessory tether strap will be revised to fabric-only loop
- Red accents added to height adjustment lever and recline lever.
- New Britax Logo with SafeCell Impact Protection.
- New 2-color box; helps identify the 4.1 model (photo, right)
- Anti-Rebound Bar is an optional accessory
Britax Convertible Features Comparison:
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Boulevard G4.1 Pros:
- One of the easiest LATCH installs on the market
- Easy front adjustment for harness height with 10 positions
- EZ Buckle System is wonderful; no digging out buckle from under the child!
- Two crotch strap positions, three recline positions
- Better than average fit rear-facing in smaller cars
- Ability to tether rear-facing or use anti-rebound bar (optional accessory)
- Click & Safe harness adjuster helps you know when the harness is adjusted reasonably well
- Seated maximum shoulder height label for visual reminder of when seat is outgrown
- Infant positioning pillow provides excellent fit on newborns
- Made in USA!
- Rear-facing height limit isn’t as tall as some other models, like the new Britax ClickTight convertibles
- The Boulevard is relatively expensive at $319.99 MSRP, but is currently under $270 at Amazon.com
There are no major changes for 2015 on the Britax Boulevard G4.1 or the similar Roundabout, Marathon and Advocate G4.1 models. The big change for Britax was the introduction of the Britax ClickTight Convertibles, with more features, higher limits and a bigger price tag. Meanwhile, the G4.1 models continue to be great convertible carseats at a lower price point. The lowest priced model, the Britax Roundabout G4, sells for under $145 at some retailers. Meanwhile, the Advocate G4.1 packs the most premium features, is easier to use than many competitors and comes with unique, patented external side impact cushions. All install easily with LATCH and fit well in small cars. For those reasons, we continue to include them on our Recommended Carseats list!
The 2015 Britax Boulevard G4.1 sample used in this update was provided by Britax USA, no other compensation was provided and all opinions are my own.