2015 Ford Mustang GT: In Support of the Recaros
August 11, 2015
It's been a pretty common theme for Edmunds staffers to knock the optional Recaro sport seats in our 2015 Ford Mustang GT, and not just in long-term updates. There's been a lot of grumbling around the office that's never made it into print. I'm here to disagree. Not in general; that would be, well, disagreeable. But I think these Recaros are superb and I'm glad we opted for them.
Of course seats are a personal, extremely body-specific part of cars. No seat is going to fit every body perfectly. We come in too many shapes and sizes for that. But here's what I realized after reading through old posts: Most of the issues aren't even related to seat fitment or comfort.
Seriously folks, when did adjusting a seat manually become such a chore for us? And while I'm ranting, why do we need seat heating here in Southern California, where it rarely dips below 50 degrees and it's usually between 70-80 degrees? As for the seat cooling, sure, I wouldn't refuse it. But it's also not a deal-breaker, given the extra support these seats offer up, along with the Mustang's powerful air conditioning system.
Even my good buddy Dan Frio, who is about the same size as me, went so far as to say "Ugh. These seats suck." He said the big bolsters kept poking his elbow on shifts. He must have much bigger guns than me, because I've never noticed this problem.
Not that the Recaros are perfect, mind you. I'm not a fan of leather, especially in sport seats, I much prefer some form of grippy cloth or suede-like material. I wouldn't mind being draped in Alcantara, if you really want to know.
This past Friday I spent two hours and forty-five minutes sitting in super-thick traffic driving home from our annual Edmunds.com summer picnic. Although piddling along for nearly three hours on a stifling hot day is far from a picnic, it really wasn't a huge deal, even with the highly-bolstered Recaros and a manual transmission.
The seats are plenty comfortable, I never once suffered from any numb-butt, yet I also never felt overly constrained by the lateral support. So if I can make it through that experience without being all cranky-pants at the car, what are these other staffer's excuses?
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 12,300 miles