2009 Infiniti FX50 Long-Term Road Test


2009 Infiniti FX50: Seating Position Lowdown

August 12, 2009

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Today I'm going to disagree with my friend and colleague Caroline Pardilla. Recently she posted a blog about the great seating position and awesome seat adjustability in our long-term Infiniti FX50.

She wrote: "I love it when a car has seats that can be adjusted to suit every height, leg length, torso length, width, etc. Feels so luxurious sitting in a driver seat that feels tailor made for you. Just look at how many different ways you can adjust our 2009 Infiniti FX50's driver seat! If you can't find a comfortable position here then you probably won't find one anywhere."

Sorry Caroline, I don't agree. You might be perfectly comfortable in the FX, but I am not.

Although the FX's driver's seat is height adjustable it still doesn't adjust low enough for me. I feel like I sit too high in the FX, which is too bad because the seat itself is very comfortable and the truck's pedals and steering wheel are well placed. I just can't put myself in the proper position.

This is actually a more common problem than it should be. Note to car companies: If the vehicle is high up, the seat in the vehicle doesn't need to be high up for short people to get that desired "command seating position". And hello, if you're going to make the seat adjust up and down increase the range of adjustment so that even big, strapping young men like me can feel at home.

Funny, only the Germans seem to get this consistanly right. BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and VW allow the most seat height adjustment and understand wanting to sit in a vehicle and not on it.

Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief @ 19,006 miles

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