2012 Subaru Impreza: Child Seat Fitment Test
October 1, 2012
The Subaru Impreza's got a pretty comfortable rear seat, as we've reported before. But does that translate to the easy use of child safety seats? Figured I'd test it out as part of my occasional safety seat series.
Subaru vs Britax, read on.
My Britax Marathon convertible seat was up first in the rear-facing position. Pleasingly, the seat fit with about an inch clearance between it and the driver seat (driver seat was set for me, at 5 feet 10 inches). The Impreza's relatively flat seat cushion made it easy to position the safety seat.
Unfortunately, I didn't have my Britax Companion infant seat with me this time around. But I've found clearance testing is pretty similar between it and the the Marathon in the rear-facing position. If one fits, the other should, too.
The Impreza's LATCH anchor points are excellent in terms of functionality. Josh did a post on them before (we both have little kids; what a surprise) but it's worth pointing out again. They are easy to find and have plenty of clearance in case you're installing the seat's LATCH buckles upside down. No more cussing while trying to lift up firm seat material while also trying to jamb in a LATCH buckle to an anchor point you can't see.
Picture with the buckle installed.
Next was the Marathon seat in the front-facing position. Again, ideal angling of the Impreza's seat cushion and seat back made it easy to install. Head restraint removal was also straightforward.
Finally, the Recaro booster seat. Easy peasy. I didn't even have to take off or adjust the head restraint.
Overall, I was impressed with the ease of installing the seats. Granted, the Impreza's still a small car, but it does have enough rear leg room that most people should be able to use a rear-facing seat without having to move up the front seats at all or at most not very much. The LATCH anchor cut-outs are also very useful.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 7,456 miles