Originally Posted by chanomatik
Once you throw children into the equation then it's all over. I mean, you shouldn't be throwing kids anyways, but just know that things get messy once you do.
Hip, how about a Forester XT 6MT Coupe? Did I just blow your mind?!
I've already suggested a WRX or STI powered, 6MT XV Crosstrek 3-door, which is a more logical choice to leave the rear side doors off of, and taper the roof down.
BTW... child does not automatically mean child seat. Some children are old enough not to need an insanely over-protective child seat contraption, and still would fit under a lower roof, in a smaller rear seat of a 2+2 body style.
I grew up not knowing of anyone, I don't even remember hearing of anyone who was a kid like me, dying in a car accident, for lack of a padded cell... I mean child seat. My brother an I sat in the back seat with seat belts on as soon as we were capable of climbing back there, and buckling the latch. And the safety seat that I was then too young to remember, actually fit inside normal cars, that used to be physically smaller than they are today. My parents had one or two 2+2 mid-sized coupes, and a pickup truck a bit later, until I was 15 years old. I got a driver's permit at 14, and started driving one of those cars myself before my parents bought a minivan and promptly left most of the seats out of it for cargo space, in leu of the pickup that was traded for it.
My brother and I, and everyone else we knew of, survived childhood to become adults, without being semi-permanently encased in plastic.
And people do sometimes still die in car accidents, depsite child safety seats, and 143 airbags, and everything else that gets built into cars... because PHYSICS. two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Sometimes it can be a tragedy, despite how much preparation and precaution.