Compact car + infant seat= new car???

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I don’t have any advice, but wanted to say I can relate. I have a 2007 Volvo S40 that I was (and maybe still am) planning to drive until it craps out. But a baby seat in it would fit just like yours. I had my best friend’s baby seat in it and it had to go in the middle with the seats pushed up. 

I really don’t want a car payment added on whenever a baby comes, but it might just be our reality. 

Post # 4
14 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

We have a Graco SnugRide 35 that fits in our 2002 Nissan Sentra.  We do scoot the front seats up, but neither of us is really tall.  Given the price difference between a new car and a new infant seat, I would probably look into smaller seats before getting a new car! Unless you are already wanting a new car, that is.

I also want to suggest you double check your car manual to see if the car seat is ok in the middle.  On some cars it’s fine, but my car’s manual expressly states that it’s unsafe.

Post # 6
2783 posts
Sugar bee

@mamadingdong:  instead of doing an infant carrier maybe you could try a convertable car seat. I have a civic and we used a corrocco? Car seat, it’s compact and fits perfectly in the car rear facing and now that my daughter is bigger, forward facing. 

Post # 7
5745 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I would be concerned with trying to get a Convertible seat that would fit for the length needed. :/

We have the Combi Coccoro BUT it most certainly won’t last for most babies to rear face the recommended minimun of 2 years (the ideal age recommendation is age 4 when the neck & spine bones are stronger & able to withstand the force of a crash avoided internal decapitation).

We will be looking at getting a new convertible for our DD that will be able to be used until she’s reached the recommended ff age… we also have a Ford Escape though so finding something to fit isn’t very difficult.

Have y’all considered if you with have more than 1 child? I would think that if your DH has been considering a new vehicle anyways it might be time to find one that better accommodates a family & all their stuff!

Post # 8
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Each seat has different size specifications, so I would research the different seats to find out which ones are the most compact in terms of length. If you can find a seat that is compact enough to fit for the first year and save your pannies to put a larger downpayment towards a new car (since he was already hinking of a new one anyway), that may be your best option. But as another PP said, the AAP now says to keep them rear-facing until at least 2 years old, so a seat with a compact length may not be ideal for an older baby. You may end up needing a larger vehicle in the long run.


Post # 9
3633 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If it’s financially doable, I would just go with a larger car. We ran into the same problem with my car and we’re going to go up to an SUV. We’re planning to have more than one child and to consider everything from multiple rear-facing car seats to strollers, it was easier to just get a family car than to try to squeeze everything into a tiny compact car. In addition, even if you could fit your car seat in, it’s not very comfortable to have both seats pushed so far up and I’m guessing it’s not that safe either.

Post # 10
2227 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Go on  They are great about reviewing carseats and suggesting car seats that have a smaller footprint.

We went with a convertible, the Britax Marathon.  Rear facing to 35 pounds, forward to 70 pounds.  I researched the crap out of carseats and with the help of the blog mentioned above was able to find one that best suits our needs.

Post # 11
3089 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@mamadingdong:  There’s a redesign of the Mazda 3 coming out for 2014.  It comes out in September.  I’m not sure if the back seat will be redesigned but it’s worth looking in to =)

Post # 12
603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@mamadingdong:  I agreee with pp’s either get a bigger car or research different seats for one that fits your budget,car and future plans.

Post # 13
10384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Mazda 3s are especially small. You can have a compact car and fit a car seat just fine! We have a Hyundai Elantra, which is compact, and at 6’1″, I can sit in the backseat behind my 6’7″ dad. We test drove the Mazda 3 because I think they are adorable, and felt claustrophobic. I don’t think they designed the interior space very well. Even my VW Golf felt bigger than the Mazda 3!

SUVs are completely uneccessary when having a child – don’t knee-jerk in that direction. My SIL has successfully had 2 kids in car seats with the stroller and the whole kit with a 4-door Honda Civic.



Post # 14
5745 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I just found this on & thought it might be helpful. It seems that Mazda doesn’t allow for bracing so that will most definitely make a difference on what car seats you can get installed correctly. (no bracing means they cannot touch the front seats). With a convertible seat (which you will ultimately have to get) that might be a problem…. you would think that any seat could really go in any car but the fact is somewhere upwards of 90% of car seats are not installed correctly & that is a safety hazard to everyone in the car.

Definitely know what your vehicle manual says about car seat install, airbags, etc & just try different seats out.

We had a Honda Civic & didn’t have any problems, but the Honda also allowed for bracing & so did our seat. Had either one not allowed it our infant seat wouldn’t have even fit.

Well I just found out the chicco car seats do NOT allow for bracing regardless of what your vehicle allows (ours was installed incorrectly it seems) so you will most defintiely want to be sure that IF you get a chicco (pretty popular & great infant seat) that you have enough room to install it without it touching the front seats.

I would definitely check out to see what some other Mazda owners have done… GL!

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