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Compare Compact Sedans to Find the Most Comfortable Rear Seating Area

August 23rd, 2011

For some compact sedan owners, rear seat roominess and comfort is of low importance, since they do not carry adult or teens in the rear seat regularly.  But, for those who do need to carry adults or teens in the back seat, rear sear roominess and comfort can often make or break the deal.

We assembled over 100 compact sedan owners to carefully evaluate and compare 11 of the best-selling compact sedans in America.  Included were the all-new 2012 Civic and Focus, and the new-for-2011 Elantra, Cruze, and Jetta.  We had them rate each model on 87 attributes, including 11 detailed rear seat comfort and roominess measures.  Here are what they found to be the most comfortable compact sedan rear seat environments.

The 2nd runner up:  The new-for-2011 Volkswagen Jetta.  Jetta’s top rated rear seat roominess, above average rear seat comfort, and above average ease of entry and exit earn it the 3rd highest overall rear seat comfort and roominess score.

The 1st runner up:  The Kia Forte.   Above average rear seat roominess and top-rated rear seat armrest comfort help place Forte in a tie with Elantra for overall rear seat comfort and roominess.

The winner:  The new-for-2011 Hyundai Elantra.  Elantra’s rear seat comfort and roominess tied with Forte overall for the best among compact sedans.  But Elantra racked up the most wins in detailed measures, scoring best-in-segment for 8 of 11.  In particular, Elantra had the best ease of entry and exit, and rear seat comfort and support.  It tied with Jetta for best overall roominess, and with Forte for best armrest comfort.

So, Elantra captures top honors for rear seat roominess and comfort.  But, which compact sedans have the top-rated trunks?  In a few days, we will roll out what 100 segment owners said after comparing them all.  But, you don’t have to wait.  You can compare compact sedans and see this for yourself by selecting the compact sedan segment and then scrolling down to select the trunk area attribute.  You’ll get the top 3 compact sedans in order of their overall trunk area ratings.