Where you sit is a big deal when driving, especially when the drive is multiple hours a day. Some of us spend up to 20% of our lives commuting to work. This does not include every other driving occasion, such as road trips or errands, even driving for pleasure.
Most widely agreed upon is the fact that the seats of a car have the majority of the responsibility when it comes to ensuring you are comfortable in your ride's cabin. Which got me thinking... what are the most comfortable seats you can buy in an automobile?
Lincoln Continental/Navigator Captains chairs
These award winning seats dubbed by Lincoln Motors as "Perfect Position Seats" are not just on the list because they look crazy or they have 30 different ways to adjust them, but that they have impressed the critics enough to bring back Lincoln's name into relevant news. I have sat in the continental during an auto show before, and let me tell you directly, that is hands down one of the nicest interiors - no, nicest spaces in general that I have ever been in. I mean, this is about as quality you can get without paying Rolls-Royce prices. Not only does the thigh support padding extend, but it SPLITS into two separate pieces, one for each thigh. They can move independently and the entire seat controls can be adjusted on the new interface developed by Lincoln and Microsoft. I have never seen that before. These chairs look like seats on top of seats. Pure absurdity.
Tesla Model S/Model X
Tesla Model S 85D with a cream interior.
This might come as a surprise to some of you, because Tesla proudly presents these "premium material" seats as "Vegan" leather... does not sound very appealing. Not to mention if you look up Tesla seats you will find the next google search word to be "uncomfortable". However these are simply referencing the first generation seats, which indeed were. The new and improved ones are much better, with added lumbar support. They also claim that these seats are easy to clean, along with continuing the Eco-friendly theme brought by an EV. Tesla is said to source these materials from recycled plant oils and other plastic fibers. Again, this does not sound comfortable, but surprisingly these seats, commonly referred to as "pleather" feel very soft and luxurious. The fibers must be spun so finely that they end up being such a nice material to sit on. These look especially fancy in stain-resistant white. One piece non-removable head rests make the inside of a Tesla look even more futuristic.
Walnut seating for this premium touring wagon.
Of course, Mercedes deserves a place on this list. They have been making great seats for years, and with incredibly durable materials too. This can be proven by getting into an old Mercedes diesel from the 80's, and seeing that the seats often have little to no tearing after 400,000 miles. Today, the spirit of plush seating lives on in their E-Class, the next best sedan to their flagship S-Class, which arguably has better rear seats than front ones. The E-Class also carries the classic Mercedes staple of having the seat controls on the door panel. Classy.
They do not look super fancy, but are supposed to be surprisingly extremely comfortable.
The Cadillac must have supportive seats, think about it. They sell most of these to older men who commonly have a lot of back pain, so they buy this Cadillac to cruise over potholes and glide over speed bumps while relaxing in world-class captains chairs until they get home to sit in their massive leather wrapped Lay-Z-Boy recliners. These seats have been described as having remarkable support in the lower back area, extending furthest in its class, according to Cadillac. The metal badge is also a nice subtle touch.
RAM 1500 Laramie Longhorn
Not my favorite color combination, but they sure to do look luxurious.
The RAM 1500 made my list for a few reasons, the first of which is the cooling system implemented in the higher trims. The cooled seating system is not unheard of, in fact many of the included seats on this list also have cooling options. But what sets the Laramie apart is the sheer power of these fans. The other cooling systems usually take a while to have any effect, but these work in almost an instant. They must know that heavier, sweatier folks (like us Americans) are the perfect market to include massive cooling ventilation in their seats. But that's not the only advantage, the leather used in the Laramie trim is far superior to the material used in the other lower trims for the RAM pickup, lasting longer and being more resistant to tear. These seats are so massive you feel like your sitting inside of a leather holster inside of a pair of wild western cowboy boots. RAM, I for one am not from the Lone Star state, but on behalf of Texas and all cowboys driving pickup trucks, I salute you.
What is your favorite car to sit in? Let me know in the comments below.