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Old 01-21-2016, 06:09 PM   #1
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Default Seat swapping

From other threads, it's pretty much a common understanding that the seats in Impreza sucks and kills lower back for pretty much everyone.

I've searched hard but no information on what seats will fit 2015+ (or 2012+) Impreza.

Does anyone have any insights into this?
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Old 01-21-2016, 06:15 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure most people I know (including me) find the seats comfortable. But if you believe that everyone hates them...

I think you can swap the BRZ seats in with some modification. Not sure how involved the modification is. I'm sure you're smart enough to search for it if you're interested.
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Old 01-21-2016, 07:29 PM   #3
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If you want to spend the $$$, you can always get a Recaro and the proper seat bracket.
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Old 01-22-2016, 12:04 AM   #4
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I find the (base model) seats uncomfortable for spending more than a few hours in. I think that the higher trim levels may get better seats, with more adjustments.

The 2016+ WRX and STI seats will bolt right into our cars. They also have the proper airbags in the proper places, so no negative safety repercussions. The guy who maintains the All We'll Drive blog has made this modification to his car. However, those seats are very expensive to buy new, and difficult to find used (so far). I've been trying to find a used set for the past 6+ months, but haven't been able to find one for sale less than 8 hours away.
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Old 01-22-2016, 02:46 AM   #5
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I find the (base model) seats uncomfortable for spending more than a few hours in.
That's probably good because if you sat in the seat for more than a few hours you'd probably get a DVT and then a pulmonary embolism and die... your body wasn't made to sit like that for 12 hours straight.
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Old 01-23-2016, 06:01 PM   #6
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Not sure if the base seats have anything different to them besides lack of heat and the material used to cover them, but I find my seats very comfortable for road trips, especially compared to our 2010 Forester.
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Old 01-23-2016, 06:40 PM   #7
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I have problems with any seat, sitting for a long time. It's kinda like RLS but not really. The thing is the seat in my 2.0i base is better than most other seats I've used. I can stand over 3 hours at a time, while most cars get uncomfortable in the driver's seat after 45 minutes or so.
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Old 01-23-2016, 09:20 PM   #8
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When I was working in Kansas I made the 22 hour drive to PA in one shot. My feet and everything below my knees were in pain and numb along with my lower back and ass.
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Old 01-24-2016, 05:01 PM   #9
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Default Seat issues

I am new to the forum and subaru but have owned quite a few cars, one porsche, two volvo's and two hondas among them. I also do a lot of miles in my cars. My wife has a cross trek Limited with leather seats, I have an impreza 2.0 premium with cloth seats.

As far as I can tell the seats are identical save the material they are covered in. I have done my share of long road trips as well. I don't think you will find any meaningful difference swapping seats from a stock impreza 2.0 for BRZ seats or WRX seats. Those are for high performance cars not necessarily long haul driving. I have thought of a seat upgrade just to get leather or a set of sit leather seats just because I like them.

I suspect if you need something more specific because of back or otherwise you will have to look to aftermarket. Recaro makes a therapy type of seat for example.
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Old 01-24-2016, 08:29 PM   #10
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I took a Nissan Pathfinder on a road trip last year and the seats were amazingly comfortable. 4+ hours at a time driving and barely any soreness or anything.

Much better than our crappy seats. Mine still squeaks every time I sit in it.
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:36 AM   #11
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Planted bracket...and "race" seat of your choice?
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Old 01-25-2016, 11:55 AM   #12
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In addition to owning a number of cars over the years, I get to drive several rental cars per year. While you can always find a seat the better suits you individually, I don't think the Impreza is outside of it's competitors so far as comfort goes. I find the seat suitable for it's intended purpose. I would not want to do 22 hours in any seat very badly as one person spoke of above. My wife has back problems and she insists the seats in the cross trek work fine for her.
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Old 01-25-2016, 12:33 PM   #13
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The 2015 WRX is a direct swap for the stock Impreza seats (same body, go figure). Good luck finding those cheap though.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:56 PM   #14
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I have a 2015 Venetian Red sedan that I just purchased. I was browsing around and found a set of 2015 WRX Seats seats with leather trim in a nice complementary red, however they are $1,000.00. That is kind of what drew me to this thread.

Probably reasonable really when you think about it. Kind of a maybe someday thing for me. There will always be someone who is replacing their stock seats for racing seats. However I am also toying with auto crossing my car in production stock someday and rules say you can change seats.

I find my seats adequate though. I just like the look of the STI seats.
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:46 PM   #15
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I guess not everyone thinks the seat is problematic. Well, I certainly thought the seat was very uncomfortable over 2~3 hours of driving which doesn't happen frequently but frequently enough for me to think about swapping. TBH, I don't think Impreza seats are not the best but I will leave it for another thread.

@soobiedoo and @Dirt Bringer have given a great info.
@soobiedoo says +16 WRX and STI are direct bolt in and @Dirt Bringer says it's +15 WRX. Will 2015 STI seats direct bolt in with 2015 Impreza?
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Old 01-26-2016, 12:15 AM   #16
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After 4 or 5 hauls to Pittsburgh from NJ, around a 6 hour trip, I dont have many complains myself.. Yeah i was tired and all that but thats whats expected. Was i sore? A little but nothing that I wouldnt assume from sitting in one position for that long..
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Old 01-27-2016, 11:33 AM   #17
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So I found an answer from the All We'll Drive blogger.

"All 2012-2017 Imprezas can utilize seats from any 2015+ WRX or WRX STI. Seats from a 2013-2015 XV Crosstrek or 2016-2018 Crosstrek will also work."

Hope this helps anyone looking to swap their seats.
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Old 01-27-2016, 01:17 PM   #18
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I would be concerned not with the ability to swap but that you are not getting a seat that will suit you any better than the one that came with the car. We have a crosstrek limited and an impreza premium, so one car with leather and one without. The seats feel exactly the same to me save the covering material.

On the other hand the STI seats are highly bolstered and designed for a high performance sports sedan. I don't think that will necessarily make them any more comfortable for a long haul drive.

In short I would be very hesitant to switch seats among these models for comfort reasons. If one wants a leather interior in the non-leather car that would be different. Also if one wants STI seats in a regular impreza great. But comfort is so personal, unless you know a particular seat works for you I would not switch seats between these models just seeking greater comfort.
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Old 01-28-2016, 08:53 AM   #19
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I believe (may be mistaken) that the meaningful difference between the seats of different trim levels is adjustability. My '12 Base adjusts forward/back, up/down, and seatback angle. No adjustment for seat bottom angle or lumbar support. I believe that the higher trims have greater adjustability, making it easier to achieve an optimal position.
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Old 01-28-2016, 09:51 AM   #20
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I made another thread about modding the existing seats, basically stuffing the bolsters to improve the bucket of the seats. I'm wondering if anyone has attempted this, see video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM11fTu4gD8
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Old 01-28-2016, 11:30 AM   #21
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Our Cross trek limited seats function in the same manner as the Impreza Premium in that you can adjust the height of the seat, the seat back position and the front back position. Our Limited has no electronic controls for the seat other than the seat heaters. All adjustment controls are manual. There are no electronic adjustments in the seat. I don't think you can control tilt of the seat bottom angle. I don't recall if the Cross Trek limited has any lumbar control or not. It would be easy to check the specs of 2016 Limited seats on Subaru's website. I kind of think it does not. I would check out all features before any seat purchase and swap.
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Old 01-28-2016, 11:50 AM   #22
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I just looked at the specs for 2016 Impreza's and specifically at three models, base, premium and limited. Each is described as having 6 way manually adjustable drivers seats and 4 way adjustable passenger seats. This would mean foreword backward, up down, and tilt foreword and tilt backword. The difference between the three being no heat on base, heat optional on premium, and leather on limited. I hope you find this helpful. You can do more research on Subaru's website for Impreza based models, Cross Trek, WRX, STI and maybe Forester the seat specs should be same as 2015 models.
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Old 01-28-2016, 03:43 PM   #23
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I looked at 2016 specs for Cross Trek Limited and Forester Touring. The Cross Trek Limited has the same 6 way manually adjustable drivers seat as the Impreza. The Forester has a 10 way electronically adjustable drivers seat. If you want full comfort adjustment that is what you need. How to make it work in an Impreza is another question that is beyond me as it will I am sure fit but I don't know what electronics would be needed. If you want a realistic path to a more comfortable seat that is OEM Subaru I think this is going to be your best bet. Someone else may have a better answer though than I.
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