2011 Mazda 2 Touring: No Goldilocks Zone
January 05, 2011
At 5'10" and 160 lbs (or so), I think I represent the average American male. I fit just fine in most every car -- with or without seat height adjustments or telescoping steering columns. Drivers of Riswickian proportions generally have issues in these regards, but in our Mazda 2, the tables have turned.
I can't seem to find my optimal seating position in the 2. When I get in a car, the first thing I do is adjust the seat travel so my left foot can easily press the clutch pedal to the firewall. Then I adjust the steering wheel to a lower position, followed by the seatback angle. I also tend to drop the seat height to its lowest position.
In our Mazda 2, my problem seems to be with the seatback adjustment. The space between each detent seems too wide, making me feel like I'm either too close or too far from the wheel. I don't think a telescoping wheel would solve this issue, either, since I also feel too upright or reclined, respective to the angles.
Some would speculate that I'd get used to one of those positions if I drove it on a daily basis. I don't think so. I had the same problem with my 1995 Mustang GT. With leather La-Z-Boy seats that failed to anchor anyone in the curves and a headrest that was too far back, I was constantly looking for an aftermarket solution. At least the Mazda's seats are supportive and comfortable (seatback angle issues excluded).
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 5,180 miles