My only experience with the Recaros was sitting in them at an auto show, and although I had minor quibbles with the headrest angle and thigh resistance when pushing the clutch down, I thought they were fantastic. The bolstering really holds you in place, and I can see that stability adding even more confidence when taking this car around hard turns. (This car corners like a dream, by the way. You're going to love it!) The only real "issue" with them is that they're a $2,000 option on a $20,000 car, and as a percentage, that's significant.
If you want sport buckets and are even thinking
about aftermarket seats, get the Recaros. As Zormecteon said above, they're a bargain at this price, plus they're factory installed with airbags and heaters (as well as heated mirrors).
I personally went with the base seats, and I'm quite happy with them. I find them comfortable (with the lumbar support fully engaged), and never give them a second thought until I read threads like this. (Haha!) I think the Recaros are a great deal, but for me
, I just couldn't justify the expense considering the type of driving that I do, which is primarily commuting. (*Disclaimer: I'm also generally frugal and my FiST is completely barebones because I didn't need
any of the additional options. I'll be putting the money that I saved toward my next FiST, because once you drive one of these, you'll start to wonder how you drove anything else!
Since you have time on your side, my advice would be to try out both seats if at all possible and see what would work best for you