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Headrests on all cars have been redesigned over the past years to move them further forward to reduce whiplash injuries in rear-end collisions. They want the headrest right next to your head. Your only option is to raise or lower it to try and find a comfortable front-to-back setting. (I found this out from my Chiropractor when I got a whiplash injury in an older car. He told me all about headrest design and how it has changed).Report it
I found the 2014 Forester to be very uncomfortable after sitting in the seat for 5 minutes. After the redesign, you would think Subaru would put more thought into the seating. I am 5'1 and my husband is 6'5 and neither of us have any complaints about the CRV seats. The Outback has a much nicer more comfortable seat than the CRV but it is not as smooth and intuitive to drive as the CRV. I could not get used to the noise in the CVT transmission of Subaru. I think test driving a car multiple times at different dealerships is helpful.Report it
I have the same problem with my '12 Accord. I hoped I would get used to it, but I haven't. Trouble is, I love everything else about the car. I made a back pad by enclosing an inch and a half thick pad of dense polyester batting in a cloth case. It's not pretty, but it makes all the difference. In Winter, wearing a jacket in the car also helps a lot. Some people have reported bending the head rest bars so the head rest is an inch or two further back. I wouldn't do that. This design is in other cars, too, and seems to be a result of the NHTSA final ruling on head restraints (49 CFR Part 571.) This is a very long and technical read, but if you want to know why the seat is so uncomfortable, you can give it a look.Report it
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