2012 Mazda 3: Rear-Facing Child Seat Fitment
April 25, 2012
Parents or potential parents should consider this when shopping the Mazda 3. Rear-facing child seats are massive. Their depth consumes considerable longitudinal space. So much so that with this child seat behind the driver's side I can't access my preffered seating position. I'm only 5'9" but I've got a 32-inch inseam. Anyone exceeding those dimensions will have bigger problems.
Of course, had I actually engaged my brain, I'd have put the rear-facing seat on the passenger side where my 5'4" wife sits. That is, after all, what we did when we owned one of these cars.
Anyway, it can still be done. I sacrificed a few inches of legroom, but I managed. Even so, that kid looks none too thrilled.
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor