Graco 4Ever All-in-1 Car Seat
Like the Fountain of Youth or the Holy Grail, a true “forever” car seat has been eluding desperate searchers for years. Yes, there already are seats that rear-face, forward-face, and turn into a booster, but they are often lacking in at least one function, and when that happens, what’s the point?
So when Graco came out with the 4Ever All-in-1, which rear-faces, forward-faces, and turns into both a high-back and backless booster, it was easy to get excited but also easy to have reservations. Will it really do what it claims, and do it well?
Short answer is, yes! The Graco 4Ever DLX is a CarseatBlog Recommended Carseat and a 2022 Editors’ Pick.
Note: The Graco 4Ever has been discontinued. The newer version of this seat is the Graco 4Ever DLX. The DLX model features a forward-facing lockoff for easier seatbelt installations.
4Ever Specs & Features:
- Rear-facing: 4-40 lbs. and child’s head must be 1″ from gray headrest adjuster handle
- Forward-facing (with harness): 20-65 lbs and 49″ or less
- High-back booster: 40-100 lbs. and 38-57″
- Backless booster: 40-120 lbs. and 40-57″
- No-rethread harness with 10 position headrest
- DLX model: built-in forward-facing lockoff
- Adjustable base with 6 recline positions (3 for rear-facing, 3 for forward-facing)
- Easy-to-read bubble level indicator
- Steel reinforced frame
- Energy-absorbing EPS foam
- Premium push-on lower LATCH anchor connectors (LATCH limit: child weight of 42 lbs.)
- Dual integrated cup holders (simple assembly required)
2022 4Ever DLX Fashions: Bryant, Fairmont, Joslyn, Kendrick, Zagg
- Lowest harness height (with infant insert): 7″
- Highest harness height: 18″
- Tallest booster height: 18.75″
- Internal rear-facing height: 27.5″ (that’s one inch below the headrest adjustment lever of 28.5″)
- Crotch buckle positions: 5″ and 7″
- Seating depth: 12″
- Internal seat width: 13″
- Widest external seat width: 19.5″ (at cup holders)
- Widest point on base: 15″
- Narrowest point on base: 11.5″ (at very front and very back)
Installation/Fit to Vehicle:
In general, the 4Ever is an easy-to-install seat, which is always a good thing. It installed nicely in rear-facing and forward-facing modes in the vehicles I tried it in (2010 Honda Odyssey and 2014 Honda Civic) with the seatbelt and with LATCH. The belt paths are clearly labeled and color-coded both on the seat and in the manual (blue for rear-facing, orange for forward-facing, green for booster). The LATCH and tether straps are easy to loosen when you need to, but stay secure otherwise. My particular model has the premium push-on LATCH connectors, but the manual includes a drawing/description of the hook style, too, so it’s possible that other models will come with those.
LATCH Weight Limit: 45 lbs. For kids over the LATCH weight limit, install the 4Ever with seatbelt and tether.
Inflatable Seat Belts: Graco has determined that the 4Ever CAN be installed with inflatable seat belts found in some Ford Motor Company vehicles. Other types of inflatable seat belts are still incompatible for use with the 4Ever. There are no issues when using the seat as a belt-positioning booster.
Here’s a video showing how to switch the LATCH straps from forward-facing to rear-facing modes, how to tighten the LATCH straps rear-facing, and how to put a rear-facing child into the seat:
This seat lacks a built-in lockoff device for installations with seatbelt so it’s very important to understand how your seatbelt locks if you’re going to install the 4Ever with seatbelt and not with LATCH anchors. Remember – once your child reaches 45 lbs. you must discontinue using the lower LATCH anchors and switch to a seatbelt installation (plus tether) instead. All vehicles made after 1996 have seatbelts that can lock in some way to hold a carseat tightly in place during routine driving. Most vehicles have switchable retractors but some vehicles or specific seating positions have locking latchplates instead. It’s important to know what your vehicle has and to understand how these features work before you install this carseat with a seatbelt. See your vehicle’s owners manual for specific information on how to install a carseat in your vehicle using the seatbelt. If you have questions, please visit our car-seat.org forum and we’ll be happy to help answer them.
The 4Ever includes a total of six recline positions, and the recline is easily adjusted by pulling an adjuster on the front of the seat. For rear-facing, you’re allowed to use positions 1-3. A bubble level on the side of the seat shows the acceptable recline range.
I was impressed by how well the seat fit in my 2014 Civic in its most reclined mode in position 1. The front seat in the Civic isn’t all the way back, but it’s in exactly the same position I have it in for regular use, which is quite comfortable for my husband and me. There are only millimeters between the 4Ever and the front seat, but that still works. A baby’s weight probably wouldn’t cause the seat to recline any more than that.
Adjusting the recline positions doesn’t make a big difference in the amount of space that the seat takes up front-to-back however in positions 2 and 3, there is a little more room between the 4Ever and the front seat. In position 3, the front seatback could even be adjusted back a bit more if needed.
Based on how this seat fit rear-facing in my Civic and how it fared in our Rear-Facing Convertible Space Comparison, the Graco 4Ever could be a good choice for tall parents who need a lot of legroom upfront and/or vehicles with small backseats.
This is how it looked in my Odyssey, in position 3. There was plenty of room there.
Forward-facing, you can use recline positions 4-6, although position 4 (the most reclined of the forward-facing positions) must be used for children under 40 lbs. In position 4, the seat is quite reclined. This didn’t pose an installation problem in either car, although in a very tight situation (like a pickup with a very small back seat) there might not be enough room for a child’s legs in that most reclined forward-facing position.
It blocks some rear-visibility (especially in the highest height setting), but that’s not unusual with a tall seat in a small car. I didn’t have any issues with it in my Odyssey.
In high-back booster mode, position 6 (most upright) must be used, and it’s important to note that the vehicle headrest can’t cause a gap between the booster and the vehicle seat. The 4Ever does not require vehicle head support in high-back mode, so it’s fine to remove a problematic headrest as long as the vehicle doesn’t prohibit it. This could cause a potential compatibility issue in cars with fixed headrests. However, because the main shell of the seat is rather short, and the extendable headrest sits quite a bit forward of the shell itself, it is likely to play nicely with jutting headrests.
Graco also does not allow any overhang of the booster seat, so that could be a problem with shallow vehicle seats.
The good news, though, is that LATCH use is permitted in high-back booster mode. (The LATCH connectors are incorporated into the back of the seat, so LATCH is not an option in backless mode.)
Another nice feature of the seat, in general, is that the base is nice and flat, so no need to worry about strange bumps or sharp edges poking into your vehicle upholstery.
The 4Ever manual does not specifically address non-standard LATCH spacing, although it does say to use only lower anchor sets designated by the vehicle manufacturer. According to the LATCH Manual (a book many CPS technicians consider just as valuable as their technician guide), Graco allows non-standard spacing wider than 11″. The 4Ever manual states not to use LATCH and the seatbelt at the same time to install the seat when using it with the harness.
Fit to Child:
When a car seat is rated for use from 4 lbs, it’s important that it actually fit a 4-lb child. We used a Huggable Images preemie doll to check the fit with the infant insert, and it did work well, although there are some things you need to be careful of.
If you put the baby in the seat the way it seems it “should” be (crotch low against the crotch buckle), the straps wind up coming from the child’s ears, which isn’t acceptable, even on our newborn doll (photo, below left). However, if you push the baby’s bum back so it sits on the “bump” created by the insert, the straps are right at the baby’s shoulders on our preemie doll (photo, below right). This did create a large gap between the baby and the crotch strap, so a rolled washcloth might be needed to keep a smaller-than-average newborn in the right position.
The nicely contoured infant body insert must be used if the child’s shoulders are below the bottom slots without it. It may only be used rear-facing. There is also an infant head pillow, which also can only be used rear-facing, and only when you’re also using the body support. (The head support slides into a strap on the back of the body pillow, so it wouldn’t make much sense to try to use it separately anyway.)
Since I no longer have babies, I used the seat rear-facing for my 2-year-old, who weighs 30 lbs. and wears size 2T shirts. He fit wonderfully, with plenty of room to grow.
Although my 37-lb, 43-inch 5-year-old is forward-facing, I put her in rear-facing just to see how she fit. Not only did she have plenty of growing room left (the headrest was three clicks from the top), the seat left plenty of room behind the driver’s seat in my Odyssey. Anna has been forward-facing since her fourth birthday, but asked if she could rear-face again after trying out the 4EVER!
I did use the seat forward-facing for her, too. The 4EVER sits higher than the seats normally uses, but she didn’t mind the climb. Because she’s under 40 lbs, we had to use the very reclined position 4. I thought it looked awkward, but she didn’t complain a bit. I can’t imagine head-slump would be an issue with the seat in this position!
She still has plenty of room before she maxes out the 4EVER forward-facing by height, too. My finger is marking where the tallest harness position is in relation to her shoulder.
It’s important to note that when using as a high-back booster, the #6 recline position (most upright) must be used. Also, the belt guide doesn’t go much higher than the top harness slot. That means that a child who outgrows the harness by height won’t have much more time before the high-back booster is also outgrown by height. On the plus side, though, you saw how much room my slightly-taller-than-average 5-year-old has left in the harness, and she’d have a bit more in high-back mode, too, it would last her until I was comfortable putting her in a backless booster.
The booster was a bit hard for her to buckle. I think part of that was because of the height of the base, but part of it is that she doesn’t ride in a booster and isn’t used to buckling yet. The shoulder belt fit well in both the Civic (left) and Odyssey (right). The lap belt was ok, though I would have preferred a bit lower.
This photo below shows poor belt fit, but I wanted to demonstrate how much room she’d have left before she outgrew it. (The shoulder fit would likely improve as she got taller.)
Here’s a video demonstrating forward-facing and high-back booster mode. In it, you’ll see that Darren’s son Jon had a very good fit in the high-back booster:
The first thing I noticed about the backless booster is that it’s BIG! It sits about two inches higher than the TurboBooster, and it’s quite a bit wider, too.
Because Anna is only 37 lbs, she doesn’t yet meet the 40-lb. minimum for the backless booster. Since she’s close, I put her in it just to see how the fit might look in a couple pounds. Her knees were very far from the edge, and while the lap-belt fit was decent, the shoulder belt was horrible (though I didn’t have the belt guide attached). That didn’t surprise me given her size, though.
So I enlisted my 10-year-old for help. He’s right at the top limits of the seat at 57″ (though only 67 lbs). In the Odyssey, the booster is so tall that he almost didn’t have enough headrest to support his ears, and the shoulder fit was bad. In the Civic, though, the fit was fantastic. That’s proof that booster fit will vary by vehicle and seating position, so make sure you always try them out!
Ease of Use/Cover/Maintenance
All in all, the 4Ever is very easy to use. Because the seat is a 4-in-1, I was concerned there would be all sorts of complicated quirks, but it’s really quite intuitive to use.
Some things I especially loved:
- You don’t need to remove the harness to use the seat in booster mode. You do need to tuck it out of the way in a cubby in the shell, but that’s no big deal. It would be nice if the cubby were just a bit bigger to accommodate the harness pads a bit more easily, but it all smooshed in. (If you check out the forward-facing/booster video above, you’ll see that Darren managed to get it in there much more nicely than I did.)
- The cover removes very easily. When I do car seat reviews, the part I dread most is having to remove the cover for our “naked” photos, because that’s often the most frustrating part. With the 4Ever, though the cover comes off nicely in three parts, using some tabs and elastic loops/hooks, but mostly just pieces that contour over the seat. Getting it back on was just a tad tricker because you have to remember where the elastic loops hook (and I started to put the “wing” cover on backwards), but even that wound up being easier than with most seats. You can machine-wash the cover in cold water on the gentle cycle, then hang to dry.
- It converts to a backless REALLY easily. Disconnect the harness, pull back the cover, move the red tabs, and pull off the back. That’s it! Video:
One ease-of-use complaint is about using the harness, especially rear-facing. For some reason, the harness can be hard to tighten evenly and completely on the other Graco convertibles, and the 4Ever is no exception. I’ve used the Graco MySize 65 for a long time, and the tricks I use on that seat worked on this one, too. When the 4Ever is rear-facing, it helps to make sure all slack is pulled up from the hip area first, then pull all the slack in the harness out the back of the seat (behind the shell) before pulling the adjuster strap to tighten the harness. Also, don’t buckle the chest clip until after the harness is tightened! For some reason on these Graco convertibles, that really makes a difference.
The other concern is that the harness folded and even twisted a few times during the month or so I used the seat. It had a tendency to bunch in the buckle tongues, and one of the buckle tongues flipped over a few times. I stayed on top of straightening it, but not all parents do. I’d love to see a change that would keep that from happening.
I should note that the harness issues only happened when rear-facing. Forward-facing we didn’t have any folding/twisting, and the harness adjusts very smoothly and easily.
FAA-Approval/Lifespan/Crash Guidelines/Inflatable Seatbelts:
The 4Ever is FAA approved for airline use *with the harness*. It has a 10-year lifespan, and it must be replaced after any crash.
Graco 4Ever Advantages:
- No-rethread harness with tall height limits
- Installs easily with LATCH or seatbelt
- Relatively compact for rear-facing
- Fits small babies well
- Converts easily to high-back and backless booster mode
- Easy-to-remove cover
- Harness doesn’t need to be removed for booster use
- Can use LATCH in high-back booster mode
- DLX model: built-in forward-facing lockoff
- Can be installed with Ford Motor Company inflatable seat belts
- Instruction manual is clear and well written
- 10-year lifespan before expiration
- Can accommodate all children under 40 lbs. rear-facing (nearly impossible to outgrow RF by height)
(In fairness, these aren’t necessarily problems but I list them here to inform consumers of specific 4Ever issues)
- Sometimes tricky to tighten harness when rear-facing
- Somewhat twisty straps
- Made in China
So, does the Graco 4Ever DLX do everything it claims to? Mostly, yes. Because of its height, it is one of the longest-lasting rear-facing seats on the market for tall kids who still weigh less than 40 lbs. Forward-facing, it has harness heights comparable to many forward-facing-only seats, and will easily get almost every child to an appropriate booster age.
Its shortcomings occur in booster mode, but even those aren’t horrible. Although the booster isn’t much taller than the harness, it will still get most kids to an age and size where a backless is acceptable. As a backless, it’s chunkier than most other boosters, but it can get the job done.
Will the 4Ever last “forever”? Is it the only seat a family will ever need? That depends, but in general, I’m going to say yes. It will fit most newborns well, and will certainly move with a child through most rear-facing, forward-facing and boostering needs. It has a very generous 10-year lifespan, but time could be lost between when it’s manufactured and when it starts being used for the child. It’s also possible that the child may not pass the 5-Step Test before the seat expires. In that case, the 4Ever won’t technically last forEVER, but it’ll come awfully close. It might not be the best choice for people who enjoy getting new seats often (*coughcough*), but for parents who want to stick with one seat for a long time, the Graco 4Ever could be an excellent option.
Currently, the Graco 4Ever DLX retails for $299.99 but can often be found on sale for less. It is relatively expensive upfront but represents a good value considering the 10 years before the seat expires. Its sister seat, the Graco Grows4Me retails for $224.99.
Please visit Graco’s website for more information.
Thank you to Graco for providing a 4Ever for our review. No other compensation was provided and the opinions and comments are entirely those of CarseatBlog.
Updated February 2022
CarseatBlog Experts Rating
Recommended: 4Ever DLX and 4Ever SnugLock
Thanks so much for the review. Do you have any thoughts on the 4ever DLX, 4ever DLX platinum, or the version with the 4ever TrueShield Side impact Technology. Trying to determine if these upgrades are beneficial or not. Thank you!
Hi Meredith. The DLX adds a forward-facing lockoff and the Platinum version adds the EZ Tight LATCH and RapidRemove cover. TrueShield Side Impact adds side impact pods on the side of the seat. You can generally find the DLX at the same price for the regular 4Ever, so that’s a no-brainer. We’ve had meh results with the EZ Tight LATCH: it’s very vehicle dependent on whether you’ll be successful getting it to work. If it doesn’t work, you’ll have to install the carseat with the seat belt, which isn’t so bad because at some point due to LATCH weight limits, you’ll have to install with the seat belt anyway. As for the TrueShield version, only you can decide if you feel the side impact pods add a level of safety that’s worth paying for. We don’t have any data to suggest that they add safety benefits or don’t.
I have this car seat, and while I think it provides great comfort to my 19 month old daughter, my husband and I have some safety concerns that we just can’t figure out how to fix. No matter now tight we pull the latch belts and the car’s seat belt, there is still A LOT of movement and wiggle with the car seat. I’m not sure why or what the issue is. We have taken the seat apart completely to make sure we’re not missing a step, but it just doesn’t seem to ever feel really secure in my car. Until we can figure it out, we put our daughter back in her infant carrier car seat (she is still within the weight range.) ANY suggestions or guidance would be very much appreciated.
Hi Stacey. What vehicle and what position in the vehicle are you putting the 4Ever in? There may be a physical reason in the back seat for why it won’t get tight. We always recommend lifting the cover and pulling from the inside of the carseat, whether using the seat belt OR the LATCH belt. That technique usually gets a tight installation. I’ve never had problems with the 4Ever, so I’m sure whatever the problem is can be fixed. Our FB group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/carseatorg, or our forums, http://www.car-seat.org, allow you to post pictures which is really helpful too.
I love the video on converting to a backless booster. My question, how do you convert it back to a regular carseat?
Hi, Sara. It’s pretty easy—you basically just do all the steps in reverse. There are instructions in the manual, and I always recommend people snap a few photos or take video when they take seats apart just so they can refer back to them later if they need to.
Thank you Jennie! I figured it was, but I wanted to make sure before I took it apart and got myself in a pickle. If someone could do a video on it, that would be great!
Has anyone done a measurement of how long (front to back) the seat is in the recliner position? I’m pretty sure it would fit well in our 2013 Subaru Outback for our son if our daughter’s Britax Boulevard is anything to go by.
I like to find out if graco 4 ever all in 1 ROCWAVE is made from cotton or polyester?
Hi Daniela. Most carseat covers are made from poly or poly mix. If you’re looking for allergy reasons, Clek has a wool cover called Mammoth.
Hi! I have searched google high and low! Trying to figure out where this ”T-ish” shaped back piece goes! The two velcro squares correspond with the main piece but I can’t figure out where to put the elastic bands. 😩 where do they attach?? I wish I could attach a picture here. Please help!
Did you seriously list “Made in China” a disadvantage???
Hi, my son is 18 months, 27 lbs and we have him rear facing in this car seat. I am concerned about his lack of leg room and the fact they are all bent up. I see from your kid’s photos that is the same case. Won’t this increase the risk of serious leg injury if they were in a crash?
Hi, Brittany! This is a common concern, but luckily an unfounded one. Leg injuries are EXCEEDINGLY rare in rear-facing kids. On the rare occasion it does happen, the child would have almost certainly have suffered even more severe (head, neck, spine) injuries in the same crash forward-facing. This post might help you, too: https://carseatblog.com/28978/mythbusting-legs-bent-or-feet-touching-the-backseat-when-rear-facing-is-dangerous/
We have hot summers in Texas. I do two things to help. 1. Start the car and crank the AC 2. When we get out at a store or park I cover my seat with a carseat cooler. You can buy them online or craft one yourself. I made mine from a thick vinyl like material. Basically a rectangle with inserts for those hard cold packs you might use in a lunch box. I keep it in the freezer between trips.
It works awesome.
**can only be used when baby is NOT in the seat**
Does anyone know why the level 4 recline position has to be used if a child weighs under 40 lbs? We have a hard time with leg room in the forward facing position with the seat at this recline. My child weighs 32 lbs but is tall for her age. Thank you!
Hi Janice. Yes, it does, unfortunately.
Hello. For your appreciation, which chair is better? Graco 4 in 1 forever o diono rxt? Thanks
Hi Katherine. The 4Ever will last longer in all modes. It’s a taller rear-facing seat, has higher harness slots for forward-facing, and makes a better belt-positioning booster seat. If you need a narrow carseat for tight spots, the Diono Radian seats are better choices.
We have a Prius, and I’m wondering about the width of this seat. Do you know if it would fit in a smaller car and still allow for someone to sit in the middle seat (in other words, whether two people could sit in the back seat next to this car seat)?
My 8 mo old (~24lbs) seems to hate this car seat (in the rear facing configuration, of course), and cries pretty much constantly when we put him in it (which he didn’t do in his previous infant car seat, the Chicco KeyFit). Any advice on how to adjust it for comfort? We’ve tried all of the different recline positions, tried extending the top more, tried it both with and without the infant insert, etc. Is this something that has been an issue for others?
Does anyone know if it will fit in a 2016 4 door Jeep Wrangler? Having the hardest time finding a seat that will work in my hubby’s vehicle.
Hi. I have an important question about the Graco 4ever seat in the forward facing position for a toddler weighing 35lbs. Does the seat have to be in position 4 ONLY or position 4 or higher? I drive a Dodge Grand Caravan and when I put the seat in at position 4 it doesn’t fit. I reclined the actual vehicle seat (I hope this is safe). What are your thoughts?
Bonnie, the only recline position you can use for a child weighing 35 lbs. is pos. 4. Check your Grand Caravan owners manual regarding reclining the vehicle seat before installing the carseat. I’m not aware that you can recline it too much, but I don’t know the specifics. Your vehicle seat has a very steep slope to it, which makes installing some carseats on it difficult.
I’d suggest turning your child back rear-facing until s/he weighs 40 lbs. if you can. It eliminates the deep recline you have to have on the 4Ever and potentially solves your installation problem.
Rear-facing: Do you know exactly what it means when the height limit must be 1″ below? Can I technically pull the headrest up all the way and as long as the child is under 40 lbs and 1″ below the headrest adjuster it’s fine?
I purchased the Graco 4ever convertible car seat in November 2016. Recently was rearended a month ago yesterday to be exact. And I thank God she was safe, and secure in this seat. She’s 7 months old after having her checked out, she was fine. Just to make sure chiropractic visits. Now with the Florida laws once you’re in a car accident, you must replace the car seat. Trying to find the same one Azalea in stores, I am finding this to be a very difficult task. Before I repurchase, I did my research again less that a year. The Graco 4ever convertible car seat is still the best one yet. Since the accident I’ve been in small cars, suv, trucks and even convertible cars. This car seat fits, secures (thanks to that bubble) and she is convertible. I am purchasing another Graco 4ever convertible car seat (Azalea). Love it and easy to keep clean once a week wash for dirt and easy wipe off with a wet cloth for the regular spills.
Does the material last all 10 years?
Does this carseat fit on the 2nd row bench seat of a 2017 grand caravan?
Hi Christina, yes, it does. HTH!
Does the Graco 4ever extend2fit have the same review?
Hi Kira. Here’s our 4Ever Extend2Fit review: https://carseatblog.com/42465/2017-graco-4ever-extend2fit-4-in-1-carseat-review/.
Exactly the information I was after, with a small caveat.
You specify as a disadvantage that it is ‘Made In China’ . Why is that a disadvantage or issue that consumers need to be aware of?
Cheaper to manufacture, GRACO QA will be the same as the rest of the world as it must adhere to each individual countries standards. I can’t see a problem with products Made In China or anywhere else for that matter.
Your review was great, but I seriously question integrity when manufacture location is an issue. Just seems like a slightly prejudice point to make that somewhat offends me – as if it was manufactured to the same specifications anywhere else in the world quality would improve?!
Hi Jim, we mention it in part because many programs for car seat distribution in the USA are funded by government agency grants. Many of these may require that carseats be manufactured in the USA to qualify. There are other considerations. Products manufactured in some countries rely upon workers that are paid nearly nothing and work in horrible conditions in areas with no environmental laws or worker protection laws. Of course, that is why it is cheaper to manufacture in those countries, and that results in a loss of manufacturing jobs in the USA and other countries that have higher costs for these reasons.
Speaking from experience, Quality Assurance standards are not universal from one country to another, or even one company to another. In either situation, having your own manufacturing facility integrated with your design, engineering and QA teams is a big advantage in terms of communication, suppliers, fabrication and resolving unexpected quality issues as quickly as possible. When products are outsourced to facilities owned by third parties in another country, perhaps with a language barrier, any number of issues are more likely happen with production and suppliers that are not controlled directly by the company that designs and sells the product. Using overseas fabrication is almost always cheaper, but it can definitely affect quality. That is because it isn’t nearly as easy to be 100% certain that the product is actually being manufactured to the same, exact specifications when another company is making it for you thousands of miles away.
CarseatBlog reviews are not affected by the country of origin of the carseat, but we do try to note where a carseat is made. Like many of our other “Advantages” and “Disadvantages”, we expect that “Made in USA” or “Made in China” may be important to some readers, and unimportant to others. If it is not important to you, then of course we don’t expect you to include it when you make a choice. While we love the 50lb. rear-facing weight limit, we also understand that the vast majority of children will no longer be rear-facing even at 40 pounds. We can’t possibly know what will be important to every parent or caregiver, but we try to list various pros and cons to be as complete and objective as possible.
I have a 2015 Rav 4 and have found it very difficult to get a secure forward facing fit with latch and seatbelt (separately of course). I’m starting to worry that it’s not the right seat for us. We had a Britax Marathon 70 in a similar but slightly older model and it was a perfect fit. My little one is 4 and I consider myself pretty capable when it comes to installing a car seat so this is very frustrating!
Just wanted to note that it DOES have a lockoff device included that you attach to your seat belt to keep it locked if you’re not using the latch system. And I bought my Graco 4ever October 2016.
Brittany, I believe you’re confusing a locking clip for a lockoff. A locking clip is a metal H-shaped piece that’s put on the seat belt to keep it locked during daily driving, whereas a lockoff is built-in to the carseat and is much easier to use. Here’s an article that shows different lockoffs: https://carseatblog.com/41311/the-carseat-lockoff-guide/.
i have one question. We live in NC where summers are pretty hot and was wondering will my baby be comfortable rear facing in this car seat in summers. I drive Honda Civic and want to know if Graco has some special breathable material for car seat for hot weather states. I tried their website could not find anything or what other car seat can be our option.