2009 Infiniti FX50: Seat Cushion
September 24, 2009
I conducted a completely non-scientifical measurement of the length of the seat cushion in our FX50. Then I conducted a completely non-scientifical measurement of the length of my leg from the back of my tush to the back of my knee while I'm sitting. Turns out my "contact patch" is exactly the same length as the seat cushion (about 20 non-scientifical inches), which confirms one cause of my inability to get totally comfortable in the FX. The cushion hits me right smack in the back of the knees. It's the same in most BMWs, too.
Adding to the discomfort is the bump of the extendable portion of the seat (seen in profile in the above photo). I can feel the split in the seat pretty prominently there (even though it's not in extended mode), and it serves as a small, but nagging, irritation the entire time I'm driving. It's not making me crazy(er), but it is annoying. Maybe if my femur were longer, I wouldn't be so in touch with the cushion, and it wouldn't be so noticeable. It might bother you, too, if your thigh bone is about 20 inches long.
Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com