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Old 09-15-2010, 12:39 AM   #1
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Unusable Back Seats

I never did understand why in the world that car manufacturers spend all that time and money to make a car with back seats that nobody over the age of 10 can sit in for more than 5 minutes! A baby chair can't even fit into some back seats, ala Porsche 911. I've heard people say that it's for insurance purposes, but come on! Surely, the people that bring us the most exciting cars in the world can figure out how to make a back seat that an adult can actually sit in!

I sat in a buddy's audi S5 the other day. Just for kicks I got in the back to see what it was like. My old Honda Fit had twice as much room! Why can Honda make an economy car with a back seat for adults and Audi can't?

Unfortunately, our beloved Camaro falls into this category as well. I just can't get comfortable back there. That's for sure! I guess you can shove someone back there in a pinch? Torture for your inlaws maybe?
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Old 09-15-2010, 12:43 AM   #2
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Well, i have to dauters and i can fit 2 car seats perfectly, and ive also been to vegas 2 times, and my friends havent complain of the 5 hour drive, its not the back of a limo for sure, but i think its decent, and any sportscar that i know of has small back seats.
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Old 09-15-2010, 12:45 AM   #3
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only infants and amputees who were previously 5'10" or shorter can fit back there
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:57 AM   #4
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Its common to nearly all coupes. But, if you buy a coupe you don't really expect to have too many passengers in the back seat anyway (thats what sedans are for). I'm usually the only one in my car and I rarely have more than 1 passenger. In fact, I don't think I've ever had 4 people in my car. The back seat is just easy access storage space to me.
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Old 09-15-2010, 02:04 AM   #5
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Its common to nearly all coupes. But, if you buy a coupe you don't really expect to have too many passengers in the back seat anyway (thats what sedans are for). I'm usually the only one in my car and I rarely have more than 1 passenger. In fact, I don't think I've ever had 4 people in my car. The back seat is just easy access storage space to me.
In that case, why not discount the car and put in a storage shelf instead? Wouldn't that make more sense? I think IF you have back seats, they should be usable or why have them at all? Maybe it's just a pet peave of mine?
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Old 09-15-2010, 02:19 AM   #6
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Since the 2nd gen the back seat has been made to discourage more then 2 from sitting in the back and crammed you in there so it wasn’t fun.

But still everyone wants to pile in.


The 3rd gen was the frist year for the full recline back front seats that made gettin some in the car easier [also the fold down back seat]
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Old 09-15-2010, 02:46 AM   #7
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In that case, why not discount the car and put in a storage shelf instead? Wouldn't that make more sense? I think IF you have back seats, they should be usable or why have them at all? Maybe it's just a pet peave of mine?
I said I rarely have more than 1 passenger, not never.
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Old 09-16-2010, 03:11 PM   #8
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I disagree with you completely. The back seats are for "emergency" and for short trips. Social people like to share the experience of a fast car with a group of buddies. Having a storage bench at the back is useless to me. The slight improvement in storage over back seats is minimal but the loss of 2 seats is huge. Furthermore, you shouldn't be storing stuff in a performance car anyway. I'd rather share the experience of a performance car with 2 extra buddies, than have extra storage space.

My sports car is not a passenger car, it's a pleasure vehicle, and I'd like the option of sharing that pleasure with a greater number of people. Furthermore since I have a young family, leg space isn't a big issue. When they're old enough such that leg space becomes an issue, it is less likely that they would be accompanying us on long road trips (or they would have their own car).
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Old 09-16-2010, 03:22 PM   #9
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Historically speaking, believe the reason for still having a back seat had something to do with the way races were regulated back in the day? Someone with more knowledge than myself, feel free to add to this....
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Old 09-22-2010, 10:01 AM   #10
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I have regulary fit three adults in the back. Not ideal but better than taking a cab.
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:16 AM   #11
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I have regulary fit three adults in the back. Not ideal but better than taking a cab.
Next time you have three regular sized adults in the back seat of your Camaro, please take a picture and post it here... this I gotta see!

I won't even claim my Challenger can seat three regular sized adults in the back seat, but two regular sized adults are fine... But long torso 6'3'' guys like me... not so good in the back, but more than enough room in the front.

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Next time you have three regular sized adults in the back seat of your Camaro, please take a picture and post it here... this I gotta see!

I won't even claim my Challenger can seat three regular sized adults in the back seat, but two regular sized adults are fine... But long torso 6'3'' guys like me... not so good in the back, but more than enough room in the front.

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I should clraify - they were realitvly short - the tallest was 5'8"
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Old 09-22-2010, 12:24 PM   #13
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i almost always have at least 1 person in my back seat. they arent unusable just... annoying to get in and out of.
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Old 09-22-2010, 01:50 PM   #14
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I should clraify - they were realitvly short - the tallest was 5'8"
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i almost always have at least 1 person in my back seat. they arent unusable just... annoying to get in and out of.
same here...



most of the people crying over the back seats being "unuseable" are the same people who have never tried using them.
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Old 09-22-2010, 02:36 PM   #15
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If you want to appreciate your back seat space, try stuffing someone into the back jumpseat on a 1st gen extended cab S-10 LOL, I had an 87, had someone sit back there once, it never happened again lol.
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Old 09-22-2010, 04:35 PM   #16
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My head is pressing on the headliner if I am sitting in the back seat. Not in a sunroof car either. And I am 6'-0" tall. So you kind of have to stoop over or lean to the side to sit back there.
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Old 09-22-2010, 04:39 PM   #17
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you can fit all three members of the Lollipop Guild in the back seat... they'll just have to decide on who's gonna be the betch who sits on the hump with no seat belt.

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Adult Only one in the back. Ass on one side put feet on other side.
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you can fit all three members of the Lollipop Guild in the back seat... they'll just have to decide on who's gonna be the betch who sits on the hump with no seat belt.

That picture scares the hell outta me for some reason.......
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First, I have ridden the back seat and have had several opportunities to go to dinner with 4 adults. Short trips but very doable.

That being said I'm not sure what you expect. I've been in the back seat of gen 3 and gen 4 cars and I find the gen 5 to be as good or better.

Can you name a high performance coupe with better space? I can tell you for sure the Camaro back seat is flat out comfy compared to the CTS coupe.
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Old 09-22-2010, 07:26 PM   #21
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I've been in a Camaro back seat a few times and wasn't all that uncomfortable. Really isn't as bad as people make it out to be.
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Old 09-22-2010, 07:40 PM   #22
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I've been in a Camaro back seat a few times and wasn't all that uncomfortable. Really isn't as bad as people make it out to be.
#1 - i will never be sitting in my own back seat.

#2 - i refuse to adjust my driver seat to accommodate rear passengers.

if you have to tilt your head down or to the side while trying to sit up straight in the back seat - that means it's uncomfortable.

the only thing i've ever put in the back seat is a bag of clothes and a small cooler.
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:32 PM   #23
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I always thought the "unusable back-seat", that is found in coupes, was there for marketing the car and lowering the car insurance!!!

Back when I was in college it (the "unusable back-seat") was handy for all the school books.

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One a side note the front seat is often not very big either.

In my 3rd gen, the only way I fit is with the seat all the way back and the under dash pannel removed, other wise my feet don't fit down there which is important when ya have a stick.

Which means a nice view of the wires and fuse box.
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:41 AM   #25
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My back seats get used regularly by people over 10 years old, for durations of 1 hour and over. I, also, use them for putting stuff in. In fact, I just hauled two 5-gollon jugs of water in them. One on each side and I used the seat belts to strap the jugs in and keep them from spilling over. I find I haul alot of stuff that won't fit through the trunk opening, that I end up putting in the back seats.
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