2013 Subaru BRZ: Rear Seating Comes In Handy
August 31, 2012
Yesterday I unexpectedly had to take my five-year-old daughter to school while also bringing along my 16-month-old son. The only vehicle I had at my disposal was the BRZ. It's not normally something I'd plan to use for kid duty, but at least it has rear seats.
As you can see, both the Recaro booster seat and Britax convertible fit. But the devil's in the details.
The main issue for installing the Britax is that the contoured shape of seat cushion isn't conducive for easy seat installation. (Quote that came to mind at the time: "I don't think they had Wookies in mind when they designed her, Chewy.") Flat is best for safety seats, and the BRZ's rear seat is definitely not flat. If I were doing this on a regular basis, I might consider adding a folded up towel (or two) to try and even things out so that the safety seat wasn't squishing the cushion so much when belted in. But hey, it worked. Well, front-facing, anyway.
I suppose I was lucky that my son is big enough now that he can sit forward facing. While using a rear-facing position is best for the safety of babies, it was pretty obvious that rear-facing wasn't going to work well. The angling was just all wrong and the safety seat's back wasn't reclined the way it's supposed to be. (The child would be sitting much too upright.) Again, maybe with some towels you could get it to fit a little better.
As for my daughter, she was OK, and in fact I've been using the BRZ to taxi her around a few times solo. But that was with her on the passenger side and the front passenger seat slid all the way up. I was worried about her legs behind me. But there was enough room for her -- barely.
In the end, it all worked out OK. The BRZ saved the day. And I kind of enjoyed giving my son his first ride in a sport coupe.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor