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Old 04-23-2013, 10:41 PM   #1
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So my wife and I are expecting our first little one in October and have been talking about transportation. Who here drives a WRX hatch with little ones? I am a little worried about rear facing infant seats, but that's why I'm here.. I've read that newer years have a bit more leg room in the back? Thoughts? Or am I dreaming :\ I had an '04 wrx sedan back in the day and I'll be damned if I drive a mini van!!
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:52 PM   #2
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Look around in the members gallery. There's quite a few people who have wrx hatches and kids...xluben and rsutton threads. Plus they have over 500, and 400WHP each LOL.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:11 PM   #3
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i have a 12 hatch for that reason. the wife got pregnant and i did some research and then bought the wrx. Best decision ever. I get the fun of my wrx and i keep my rear facing seat in the back with all the space i need for strollers and other baby stuff.

this is how my backseat looks 90% of the time
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:12 PM   #4
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btw i am 6' tall so its about 3/4 of the way back. there is even more room with seat in middle position.

plus the loud exhaust put her to sleep when she was an infant and new born. She is almost a year old now and when we get going she goes pfffffffffffffffft in the back seat. Pretty sure she is imitating my exhaust note. She doesn't do this in our 2010 civic commuter car.
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:48 AM   #5
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I have a '12 WRX hatch, and a 9 month old baby. The rear facing baby seat is no issue in the WRX. However, I will tell you that a stroller will completely fill your hatch back storage area.

For comparison, my wife has an 05 Monte Carlo SS, and the stroller fills about half her trunk. Obviously the WRX is a smaller vehicle so this is expected, but we always use her vehicle for grocery shopping and such for this reason.

So my verdict is the 5 door is great for just transportation purposes ... just don't plan on loading up a bunch of groceries or other stuff with a stroller back there.
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:30 AM   #6
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I agree. But wait til you only need a booster seat. Oh man it's like freedom for the trunk lol
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:27 AM   #7
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do wagons count?
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:19 AM   #8
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I have a 2011 WRX hatch with 600WHP and a baby seat. Daily driven.

The safest place for the seat is in the center. With it in that location there is plenty of room for most seats. The photo posted above really is not recommended because the handle should be fully locked in behind the seat (but I see tons of people driving around with it locked in above the baby, which saves a lot of space, but is not recommended for safety reasons).

I had a very similar seat/base and it fit fine in the center position on my car, but my wife and I are both well under 6' so are seats are pretty far up. We now have a Recaro convertible seat (rear facing) that is quite large, but still fits fine. It is much taller than the carrier posted above. I'm looking forward to when we can flip it around forward facing, but that will probably be a while.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:07 AM   #9
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If you are that worried about space, get an LGT wagon. My seat fits fine in my bugeye. It also has a bit more cargo space over the hatches.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:05 AM   #10
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Like some others have said, the WRX 5-door will baby. It won't baby and vacation very well though.

BUT, what do you drive now? I made the mistake of selling my old car to buy something bigger with four doors and it was a stupid mistake. You know how many times my kid was in that new car after a year? Five. We always just used my wife's SUV because we can fit the kid, the dogs, the kid's stuff, the dogs' stuff and groceries in it. In the end it worked out because now I have the WRX. Just really think about how much vehicle you need.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:50 AM   #11
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After the baby gets put in the backseat the rest of the it is typically filled up with her diaper bag and everything else there is not much more room. you will need to take a pack n play if you go on any trips so that takes up a good bit of space plus the stroller and there goes the hatch. so you have to put your luggage in the back seat next of the baby. Putting the baby in the middle is perfectly easy when the baby is tiny and doesn't weigh anything once she gets almost 30 pounds putting her in and out of the middle spot gets to be a big pain in the ass. And as far as the handle goes I cant get my seat back far enough with it and locked down it will have to be about 30 degrees up from lock kind of resting on the back seat. And this is an infant car seat I don't have the toddler seat yet my wife has a grayco rear facing toddler seat that switches to a front facing when she gets older and kind of changes as she gets bigger. that one takes up even more space and when I Drive her car it's hard to get the seat back far enough for me so it fits really well now but when she gets to about a year old and needs a bigger see it might be a different story I don't know
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:00 AM   #12
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BUT, what do you drive now? I made the mistake of selling my old car to buy something bigger with four doors and it was a stupid mistake. You know how many times my kid was in that new car after a year? Five. We always just used my wife's SUV because we can fit the kid, the dogs, the kid's stuff, the dogs' stuff and groceries in it. In the end it worked out because now I have the WRX. Just really think about how much vehicle you need.
also keep in mind how long you'll be keeping the car, and how long the kids will need strollers and be in infant seats vs boosters vs nothing at all
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:02 PM   #13
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My kids (4 & 1) both love riding in my WRX. It's been dubbed "daddy's race car". It's a bit tight when all the baggage and what not is thrown in, but that small sacrifice is worth it in the end.
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:20 PM   #14
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hopefully the hatch's have more room...i have an 06' wagon and my rear facing Chicco keyfit 30 seat (it's medium sized in relation to other brand car seats lengths...some are physically larger and others a tad smaller)

with the child seat behind the pass seat, the pass seat leaves barely any room for my wife to sit...the seat is nearly all forward, its uncomfortable but not unusable. It however would never fit behind my driver seat

with that said, i have the QR seat base...the child seat is awesome, super easy to use...we both have a QR base in our cars so the seat just one-button clicks in and out and it has phenomenal safety ratings



however with all that said, my car for the 3 of us, the baby gear, and 2 dogs is fine for going 10 miles to grandmas....otherwise we take her Jetta which is much roomier and bigger inside

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Old 04-24-2013, 06:06 PM   #15
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Congrats! August for us, and we most likely use the Legacy with the newborn. But I'll have my seat ready
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:30 PM   #16
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My 22 month old loves my 13' rex. He calls it the vroom vroom and laughs everytime im in boost. Honestly the car seat can be a little tight with an adult passenger but not too bad. Anyone sport the Recaro and how does that fit?
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:19 PM   #17
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Went camping the other week. Wife says there's maybe a tad more room than my previous 2012 GTI 4 door.



We had a tent, sleeping bags, mats, food, clothes, toys etc.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:33 PM   #18
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I'm glad I can plan to keep my WRX if I ever end up getting married and having kids in the next 2-3 years. I actually just bought a carbon fiber driveshaft today with the hopes that will take out some of the last-remaining drivetrain slack / harshness, which should obviously make the ride a little more child-friendly. Right now, with full bushings & mounts and the stock two-piece driveshaft, I could see it being a bit too jarring for an infant at times!

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Old 04-24-2013, 11:43 PM   #19
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We have a one year old. The infant carrier was fine in the middle seat, but her full size, rear facing seat barely fits behind the front passenger, as long as the seat is pushed forward a little more than normal. Once she starts facing forward, there will be plenty of space. For most trips, we ride in the Outback, though.

The stroller fits in the hatch if we remove one of the big wheels (jogging stroller). She loves the car, though, and always sleeps on short trips when we don't really want her to, hehe.
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:08 AM   #20
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I have a 2013 hatch with two booster seats in the back and everyone has plenty of room. I always get a laugh when people check out my car and see them. Hey daddy has to have fun too.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:44 AM   #21
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I'm glad I can plan to keep my WRX if I ever end up getting married and having kids in the next 2-3 years. I actually just bought a carbon fiber driveshaft today with the hopes that will take out some of the last-remaining drivetrain slack / harshness, which should obviously make the ride a little more child-friendly. Right now, with full bushings & mounts and the stock two-piece driveshaft, I could see it being a bit too jarring for an infant at times!
Dude, you don't have to worry at all about the car...the only thing would be a stuff suspension.

The vibration and drone are your friend, it's like the perfect lullaby, every time!! Grumpy baby or happy baby...she falls asleep within 5-10 minutes guaranteed!
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:15 AM   #22
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Great to see this thread. I ordered a 2013 hatch and my wife and I plan on having kids in the next couple of years. Bought it specifically so I could keep it around and not have to trade in once it became a baby hauler too.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:41 AM   #23
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Dude, you don't have to worry at all about the car...the only thing would be a stuff suspension.

The vibration and drone are your friend, it's like the perfect lullaby, every time!! Grumpy baby or happy baby...she falls asleep within 5-10 minutes guaranteed!
Yeah I figured the vibrations would be fine, but the occasional drivetrain lash might be a problem haha.

I went with the WRX over the STI, and decided to stay stock springs/struts, for the very sake of ride quality on these awful maine roads.

It would be nice to have stiffer springs to knock out the lift & dive that the car takes on accel & decel. My sways do the rest.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:51 AM   #24
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I have a 2 year old daughter who I drive around in my 2002 Wrx, she absolutely loves it, calls it mommys race car. This is my first 4 door and first awd, I've never felt safer driving her around.
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:38 AM   #25
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I went from a mazda 6 to a 2013 wrx specifically because we have a 3 year old and a 2 year old. They are both in forward facing 'booster' seats now, that are kind of like their own race seat.

Everyone has enough room, but the kids feet do tend to kick the back of the front seats when they are bored. My daughter constantly asks me to 'go fast' (which means go so she can hear the intake, turbo, and then set off the BPV when I let off - I don't speed with them in the car). My son just screams and laughs when we accelerate on the highway or something.

The only issue I have with my hatch is, in Massachusetts, you are supposed to use all available connection points (so the seatbelt, the seat anchor points, and the rear anchor point), so you have to run the rear anchor to the very back of the hatch. This isn't bad with only 1 kid, but with 2 it's a bit annoying as it cuts down the rear hatch area.

So far, with 2 kids, a wife and me, the WRX is not a bad car at all. It's a decent compromise.

Oh, and I'm a daily driven stage 3 TP tune, with perrin ELHs in the mail - that puts me somewhere around 300 hp/320 tq from what I can see on other dynos on this site.
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