yea its a bit small, but definitely manageable. I drive my friends at college all the time. I get the occasional complaint here or there, but thats usually when i have 3 medium/tall guys in the back. Most averaged sized people will fit just fine. I've fit 2 guys 3 girls in the back one time (people sitting on laps.) i would definitely not say its useless.
2006 IS250 AWD - Black Onyx- First Car
Mod List-Polished Linea Corse Dyna l Megan EZ Coilovers l Roof+Trunk Spoiler l GFX Front Lip +Rear Lip l ISF Style Grille l Carbon Fiber Overlay l 6000k HID Low Beam l Putco Jet Yellow Fog Lights I Black Headlight Housing l M2 Exhaust l Top Fuel Intake l LED Turn Signals l AVS Visors
Sadly, they're small enough that you will find yourself apologizing to your passengers. Not the greatest feeling among older adults if your otherwise proud of your car.
Of a greater and more recurring issue to me has been the lack of a folding rear seat.
It always amazes me how little I can actually carry without them. This Lex has taught me the lesson.... never again will I go without folding seats.
Hated my IS 350 - Moved back to a comfortable GT. Now racking up happy miles in a '07 Silver Jaguar XK Coupe. Luxury Pkg. Advanced Technology Pkg Alpine Premium sound. Passport 9500ix.
I use my back seat every day. Both my kids sit back there. One with a forward facing car seat and one with a rear facing car seat. They fit fine. If you want to haul around your 6' tall friends on a daily basis then don't get an IS. If you want them to come with you sometimes then tell them that they can drive or deal with it! haha
I agree with everyone that the backseat in our car is small but def not useless. A useless backseat is the one on the sc430. The 3 series is the same size as the IS so if that's your solution to having a more useful backseat I'd recommend you take a second look at both cars to make sure you're shopping in the right class.