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2012 Mazda Mazda3: Rear Seat (In)convenience?

March 26, 2012

Mazda Mazda3

This has happened to you. I know it has. Happens to me every time I flop down the rear seat in a compact hatchback or sedan. And, until now, I've had only one solution: Walk around to the front passenger door, open it and move the front seat forward so the rear seatback will lie flat.

Fortunately, there's a simple -- and obvious -- solution.


 Mazda Mazda3

That's right, the small fabric pull tab releases the headrest which allows the seatback to fold flat without the hassle of walking around the car. Also, this position improves rear visibility when seats are in the upright position. I know it's not entirely new, but it sure took a long time to arrive.

Well, duh.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor 

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