How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2018 Subaru Impreza?

2018 Subaru Impreza; Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

Editor's note: This Car Seat Check was written in April 2017 about the 2017 Subaru Impreza. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2018, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.

Subaru offers all-wheel drive on its Impreza compact sedan and hatchback, giving it a leg up in this crowded segment, but that's not all that helps it stand out. Redesigned for 2017, the Impreza offers two things that are sure to impress parents: loads of available safety features and plenty of room for two car seats. We tested the sedan model.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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Solid

  • Latch, grade A: Two sets of lower anchors sit under fabric-fastened cloth flaps and are easy to access and use. Three top tether anchors are clearly marked and sit under hinged plastic covers on the rear shelf.
  • Infant, grade A: Connection was easy using this seat's hooklike connectors. Our 5-foot-6-inch front passenger had enough legroom.
  • Rear-facing convertible, grade A: It was easy to install and fit well. We did not have to move the front passenger seat forward.
  • Forward-facing convertible, grade A: It was easy to install and fit well once we removed the head restraint.
  • Booster, grade A: It fit well once we raised the head restraint. The seat belts are in short, stable bases, making them easy for kids to grasp and use.  

So-So

  • None

Skip It

  • None

Grading Scale

Solid indicates an A grade for optimum ease of use and fit. So-So indicates B or C grades for one to two ease-of-use or fit issues. Skip It indicates D or F grades.

A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn't impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.   

B: One room, fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.

C: Marginal room plus one fit or connection issue. Difficult to access third row when available.

D: Insufficient room, plus multiple fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About Cars.com's Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger, Jennifer Newman and Matt Schmitz are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a shorter passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver's seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.

We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row's middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there's a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. Learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks.

Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.

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