2015 Lexus RC F: Why Yes, a Rear-Facing Convertible Car Seat Just Fits
June 23, 2015
My colleague Brent Romans has already successfully installed a front-facing car seat in our long-term 2015 Lexus RC F, so I was a little overconfident when I signed out our coupe for the weekend. I assumed I'd be able to install a rear-facing car seat, even though my child has an extra-large seat.
Well, I was able to fit the car seat. Barely. The hardest part was getting the front passenger seat locked back down into place after engaging the easy-entry feature to wedge the car seat into the rear seat.
The front-passenger seat has to move all the way forward on its track and all the way upright to clear my gargantuan car seat. There's about a quarter-inch of breathing room. No one will be sitting up front with the seat in this position, so the RC F is effectively a two-person car with a rear-facing car seat installed.
OK, maybe three-passenger if you count the five-minute errand with my husband riding in the backseat behind me. I moved my seat forward on its track to accommodate him. I could still drive the Lexus safely, just not comfortably. That opened up plenty of knee room, said my better half, though the seat frame was pressing the toes of his shoes into the carpet.
Really, the main use for the driver-side rear seat in this situation is to load my daughter into her car seat, because there's not enough access from the passenger side.
Although I've made it sound like the Lexus RC-F is pretty useless for kid-hauling (which would hardly be surprising for any coupe), my daughter was happy back here. She could still see out the rear-quarter window.
Nor did the seat impact rear visibility in any significant way. And the lower anchors for the LATCH system are really nice. The spring-hinged plastic doors make it easy to attach the car seat's connectors when you can't really see what you're doing. You just press open the doors with the connectors and keep pressing until you hear them click onto the metal bars. Our Hyundai Sonata has this setup, too, and it's the best.
Certainly, no one would buy a 2015 Lexus RC F if they needed to use a rear-facing car seat on a regular basis. But if you buy one and find yourself needing to transport a baby or toddler occasionally, this coupe can accommodate that.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 10,148 miles