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Old 07-11-2019, 11:45 PM   #1
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I've owned a 2004 STi since 2011. Just recently having my 2nd child, the cabin space in the 04 is very, very tight with 2 car seats. I'm a 6' Male and can't have the carseat directly behind me unless I want my knees touching the steering wheel in the 04. I've been told that the newer WRX's have more leg room/cabin space. Can anyone with experience chime in if this is true? I absolutely love my STi but this is starting to become a pain. Can the newer versions of the WRX/STi comfortably fit 2 carseats?
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Old 07-12-2019, 01:09 AM   #2
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I've owned a 2004 STi since 2011. Just recently having my 2nd child, the cabin space in the 04 is very, very tight with 2 car seats. I'm a 6' Male and can't have the carseat directly behind me unless I want my knees touching the steering wheel in the 04. I've been told that the newer WRX's have more leg room/cabin space. Can anyone with experience chime in if this is true? I absolutely love my STi but this is starting to become a pain. Can the newer versions of the WRX/STi comfortably fit 2 carseats?
Plenty of space in the newer ones.

I'm 5'11" and had 2 car seats for a while in my 16 WRX. The older bro graduated to no more car seat, so now I'm only using a single car seat on the STI. I got a cool red-theme car seat and it matches perfectly w the STI interior and Recaro seats.

Used the car for family winter trips (if you've ever taken a snowboard trip you know how much stuff you gotta carry) and everything fits in the car for a week long trip and 4x family. Car is loaded, but we fit. And now without the 2nd car seat we can fit a 3rd person in the back seat.
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Old 07-12-2019, 02:13 PM   #3
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VA WRX / STI has way more space compare to your GD STI. Plus the rear door open up to almost 90 degree so it will be way easier to pull out the child or the baby car bassinet.

But the VA chassis is less nimble as the GD chassis
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Old 07-12-2019, 02:19 PM   #4
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But the VA chassis is less nimble as the GD chassis
Less nimble
How do you figure?
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Old 07-12-2019, 03:42 PM   #5
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Its more space. But best thing is for you to actually test drive one and see it for yourself. More space does not always constitutes to "enough" space.... For the most part, it should be roomy enough to get the job done though.
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:57 PM   #6
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I have an almost 5 year old and a 3.5 year old, so two car seats in the back of my WRX. I'm 5'-10" and like to have the driver's seat almost all the way back. My kids have no problem fitting in the car seats and climbing in the back to get there. My wife complains sometimes about fastening the kids' belts (as they use the car belts now instead of the harness), but other than that we have no issues. I've had two '02 WRXs, and the '18 back seat area is bigger.

As others have said, you should check it out for yourself. The Cars101.com website shows a photo with two car seats in the back: http://www.cars101.com/subaru/wrxsti/wrxsti2018.html. That's pretty close to how mine looks with the addition of towels under each seat to pick up the crumbs and other junk that my kids seem to leave in the seats.
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Old 07-13-2019, 04:22 AM   #7
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Its more space. But best thing is for you to actually test drive one and see it for yourself. More space does not always constitutes to "enough" space.... For the most part, it should be roomy enough to get the job done though.
absolutely! and as mentioned, cars101 dot com.
My own experience: 2005 to 2008 was a big jump in back seat space. Now 2017, offers more but not the big jump between GD to GR. Rear suspension changes between those generations made some big interior differences.
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Old 07-13-2019, 03:10 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the replies and info everyone, much appreciated.
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Old 07-15-2019, 01:09 PM   #9
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Its tight.. i run 2 car seats. I cant have my seat back as far as I want. 5 foot 11. No way for a carrier.. behind me and no way for rear facing seat behind me.
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Old 07-18-2019, 07:25 PM   #10
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Less nimble
How do you figure?
Because I own both and my kids run up and down on both car...... VA WRX and STI back seat are very roomy ( Compared to GD ) That a hard fact.....

But if there are enough space like others have mention. that's another thing.
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Old 07-20-2019, 09:46 AM   #11
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But the VA chassis is less nimble as the GD chassis
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Because I own both...
I was hoping you'd clear up what you meant by 'nimble' a little better . . .

I'm sure there's more to it than just the GD being built on a wheelbase that's almost 5" shorter than the VA, and probably weighing 200 - 300 lbs less as well, but those two items do point toward the earlier car having 'crisper' or 'snappier' response to steering inputs.


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Old 07-20-2019, 04:57 PM   #12
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I was hoping you'd clear up what you meant by 'nimble' a little better . . .

I'm sure there's more to it than just the GD being built on a wheelbase that's almost 5" shorter than the VA, and probably weighing 200 - 300 lbs less as well, but those two items do point toward the earlier car having 'crisper' or 'snappier' response to steering inputs.


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Back to back, the newer car is way stiffer and rotates better in my opinion....STI 19 stock suspension as the VA ....it does feel bigger but also faster (to me)....
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