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What Model Do Entry Luxury Owners Say is the Best for Carrying Adults and Larger Teens in the Rear Seat?

January 23rd, 2012

Most entry luxury sedans are roomy enough and quite comfortable in the front seat.  But, what about the rear seat?  For luxury sedan buyers who rarely carry adults or larger teens back there, rear seat room and comfort may not matter much.  But, for those who do, it can make the difference between a car they’ll be pleased to own, and one they can’t live with.

We recently invited over 100 entry luxury sedan owners to a test facility to conduct a detailed evaluation of 9 top-selling entry luxury sedans.  One of the areas they evaluated was rear seat comfort and roominess, not just for their own model, but for all the competitive makes.  So, which models offer the most room and comfort for adults and larger teens in the rear seat?

Let’s start by saying which ones you may want to avoid if rear seat roominess and comfort weigh heavily in your purchase decision.  The Lexus IS rated the lowest among 9 sedans tested for rear seat room and comfort, with head, shoulder, leg, and foot room and rear seat comfort and support judged the lowest in the set.  In addition, the two best-sellers, the BMW 3-series and Mercedes C are seen as a bit tight, rating below the segment average for rear seat accommodation.

So, what are the smart choices in this segment if seating adults in the rear seat is high in your list?  The midsized Lexus ES was the clear winner, rating best-in-class for rear seat head, shoulder, leg, and foot room, and for rear seat comfort and support.  The Acura TL and Infiniti G37 are also worth a look, with rear seat roominess and seat comfort scoring above the average for this segment.

To find out more about why these sedans rated the way they did for rear seat comfort and roominess, or to answer a host of other questions, simply click here and compare the sedans that interest you most.