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My wife has a nerve problem with her leg and thus it is very uncomfortable for her to sit in cars with bucket seats. Whether or not a certain car has bucket seats is a difficult thing to search for online, so I'm asking here if anybody knows of any from experience.

In case it's not clear, when I say bucket seat I mean the seats where the seat bottoms are tilted so that the part where your butt sits is lower than the rest. This puts pressure on the back of the thigh, and that's the problem my wife has with them.

I'm looking at compact commuter cars with good gas mileage. The only thing I've driven that's in that class and has OK seats is the Kia Soul. Its seats have flatter bottoms, more like the seats on an airplane or bus, which alleviates the problem quite a bit.

So, does anybody know of any compact commuter cars that do NOT have bucket seats?



EDIT: I've already considered just custom cutting a wooden board with pillows and fabric attached that would essentially modify a bucket seat into the flat shape she needs. But, I just wanted to first ask around if there are any other particular cars out there that might work as they are.

(edited by samoflange on 8.2.11 1039)


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    Originally posted by samoflange
    I'm looking at compact commuter cars with good gas mileage. The only thing I've driven that's in that class and has OK seats is the Kia Soul. Its seats have flatter bottoms, more like the seats on an airplane or bus, which alleviates the problem quite a bit.
I know some semi-luxury cars have the ability to tilt the seat bottom up towards the wheel, which would probably help. Other than that, I don't know if any cars made since the 80's have completely NON-bucket seats.

Another mod idea would be to tilt up the tracks that the seats slide to-and-fro on, but that seems like a lot of work and car-ruining.



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We've used Zipcar for the past 4 years and have tried almost every model of car they own in the area. The adjustable seats don't seem to help her out. I've looked at aftermarket seats, but most of them are even more bucket-y than the regular seats, and any bench seats are usually too big to fit in the kind of car I'm looking to buy. I posed this same question to a few other forums, and came to the conclusion that the custom booster seat is probably going to be the solution.



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Kia Soul would have been my suggestion.

I drove a rental Chevy Aveo a few years ago, and for some reason remember it sitting odd compared to most modern cars. Might have just been the position, though. You might look at that.
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We had a Kia Soul from Zipcar this past weekend. I didn't like how it handled on the highway and or in light snow conditions. Probably because it's a compact car with a higher clearance so its center of gravity isn't as low and stable. If not for that problem, it'd be at the top of the list.

I'll check out the Aveo, thanks.



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Why not look at a small truck with bench seats?




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Most small trucks will get as good, if not better, gas mileage as the cars with bench seats available.



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I live in a city and there's no way I could fit a truck in my driveway. I can barely squeeze a compact in there as it is.



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