Yes, it is an environmental atrocity. Sure, the purported safety of all the extra power exists only in my imagination. Indeed, while quite comfortable, the cupholders are in a weird place and the dashboard looks kind of cheap. And it's noisy as hell.
But it is fun to drive, and that growl makes up for any and all inadequacies you might have. Would it really be a problem to get a child-safety-seat in and out of the back? The front seats fold way forward. Hell, people, I'm under forty, recently married, and we don't drive enough for it to cause an appreciable increase in our gasoline consumption over, say, the Fusion hybrid or a Prius. And it isn't a convertible. Plus, my wife loved driving it around Maine last weekend. So it wouldn't be that pathetic. Would it?
I really am wondering about those child safety seats in a two-seater. Hmm.