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Old 05-16-2011, 03:01 PM   #1
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Mk3 - Does a baby seat fit?

Hello,

We're thinking about buying a 2012 hatch (downsizing from a '07 crv) and have heard that the rear seats are a tight fit for things like a baby seat (more specifically a rear facing infant seat). We plan on having kids in the next few years and would like to know how it would work out. I'm 5'10" and my wife is right about 5' so most of the time she'd be the passenger in the front.

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Old 05-16-2011, 03:20 PM   #2
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my daddy used to put me in a milk crate in the back seat.


from what I've read, the focus rear seats are pretty terrible, size wise. I'm sure there is room for a baby seat, but I wouldn't want to sit back there.
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Old 05-16-2011, 03:32 PM   #3
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Hello,

We're thinking about buying a 2012 hatch (downsizing from a '07 crv) and have heard that the rear seats are a tight fit for things like a baby seat (more specifically a rear facing infant seat). We plan on having kids in the next few years and would like to know how it would work out. I'm 5'10" and my wife is right about 5' so most of the time she'd be the passenger in the front.

Thanks!
I test drove one of these things, and am in a similar position to yours (expect kids in the next year or two). I'm 99% sure that you can fit a baby seat back there. The rear-seat issues are always about legroom, which, of course, is not so much of an issue when it comes to babies. I've never read a review of any rear-seat that summed up to "my ass didn't fit because the seat was too narrow..." That's usually a passenger problem, not a seat problem.

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Can't help with a rear-facing but I put one of the largest front facing models in a hatch and it fit but barely. My kids are almost ready to move into booster safety seats so I'm buying a hatch knowing that they will be kicking the seats for awhile. Once in boosters and their legs can more or less hang down they will have enough room.

The question also really depends on how far back the front seats are. At 6 foot tall I was able to test drove a hatch with the seat pushed forward a few notches. That helped the rear space issue a lot.
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Can't help with a rear-facing but I put one of the largest front facing models in a hatch and it fit but barely. My kids are almost ready to move into booster safety seats so I'm buying a hatch knowing that they will be kicking the seats for awhile. Once in boosters and their legs can more or less hang down they will have enough room.

The question also really depends on how far back the front seats are. At 6 foot tall I was able to test drove a hatch with the seat pushed forward a few notches. That helped the rear space issue a lot.


Posted via FF Mobile Yup I noticed that when I was driving. Seat all the way back, there is so much front leg room, at least compared to the previous gen foci. I had to put the seat a few notches forward as well because I felt my foot wasnt in the right place. That should leave alittle extra leg room back there.
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A baby seat should fit.
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Test drove with baby seat

I'm 5'8 and had the baby seat behind me. Behind passenger is more pratical but salesman was 6'3 so he needed to be back further.
This is my dd and won't usually have baby along, but its possible.
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I am 6'3 and I had to move the seat up a few notches to get into my comfort zone, and I drive a Caravan.

One of the main reasons the rear quarters is so tight is the fact that the 12' Focus has what is most likely the longest driver and passenger seat tracks in the segment. This means lots of room available up front, but when all the way back the rear seat becomes quite tight.

I would like to say that at least in the Focus, the comfortable seats help out in making the tight space a bit cozier. The Chevy Cruze gets really tight in the back also, and the leather seats were so thin, I could feel bolts and bars.
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sure does, i have my sons rear facing right behind the driver seat. and still have room to move back. the only thing ive found is when putting it in you kind of have to tilt it to get pass the top of the door jam.
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sure does, i have my sons rear facing right behind the driver seat. and still have room to move back. the only thing ive found is when putting it in you kind of have to tilt it to get pass the top of the door jam.
Glad to hear, we have a rear facing (4 month old) and a convertible forward facing (2.5 year old), they both fit in our Saab 9-3 so I'm pretty sure they'll fit ok in the Focus. Our older boy is almost ready for a booster seat (big for his age) so that'll open up some space, and our younger boy will probably move into a forward facing at 8-10 months if he's like his brother.
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