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Jan 29, 2010 (3:41 am)
Any opinions on long-drive (can't evalutate too much in test drives) comfort of DRIVER seat in the KIA rondo, Mazda5, Kia Soul/Sorrento, Scion xb?? I'm rather short (5'2") and need to scoot the seat forward a lot - esp if there's no telesope wheel. But even w/ telescoping I still need to scoot up to reach the pedals!! I have back problems, thigh problems, and sciatica.... I also really need an armrest/console armrest --- in several cars I've tested the consoles doesn't reach my arm once I scoot up - even if the console "slides". The only armrest that worked so far (for me) is the Mazda5 b/c the armrest is attached to the seat - but it's small (as someone mentioned) and the "console" is skimpy w/ no cover (also mentioned before). Ironically the Mazda5's lumbar support adjust didn't seem too helpful - backs w/o the support were just as good or better - (ex, the Mazda3 back seemed more supportive - I tested it for fun). Seems like components from each of these vehicles need to be put together in one! (Yes, I know I'm being picky, but I also keep my vehicles until they die, and i can't be in pain while I drive). Other than driver comfort, I consider safety and reliability next important, than MPG and cargo capacity/versatility.... But mostly the seat - b/c if I can't sit in the car I'm not going to be using it anyway!!! Thanks!!!
#823 of 859 Re: Driver Seat comfort [driversherri]
Jan 29, 2010 (5:51 am)
I have a '05 Mazda 3i which I've owned for almost 5 years and I purchased our '08 Rondo LX V6 to serve as my wife's and family vehicle just over 11 months ago.
I find my Mazda 3i's driver's seat and driving position to be comfortable for me and would assume that a Mazda 5's driver's seat should be similar. Note that I'm 5'8 and ~153 lbs.
My Mazda's driver's seat is adjustible for seatback angle, height & lumbar support and the steering column tilts and telescopes.
I'd say our Kia Rondo LX's driver seat is also fairly comfortable-at least for me. However, I can't say how comfortable it may be on a long trip since my wife drives it 95% of the time and so far I have not driven it on a long trip. As I recall the Rondo's seat also has adjustments for seatback angle, height, and (I think) lumbar support. The steering column only adjusts for tilt (doesn't telescope). The seat bottom might be a little short for taller drivers, but this could also be a blessing for those who are relatively short in stature. I do like the relatively high "chair like" seating position in the Rondo and the significant amount of headroom. The second row seat also is relatively spacious for two adults. Note that our car has the optional third row seats, which also includes fore-and-aft seat adjustibility for the 2nd row.
I've read comments from some who claimed the driver's seat in the Rondo was uncomfortable for them and I can undertand how larger drivers might have a hard time finding enough space in most any midsize to small vehicle-particularly ones manufactured by Japanese and Korean companies.
Regardless of what I or anyone else may think, the only person who can determine whether or not the seat & control adjustments in a vehicle can be set to a position that will be comfortable comfortable for you...is you!
#824 of 859 Rondo and Mazda5 Named to About.com 'Best Family Cars Under $20,000' List
Jan 30, 2010 (11:03 am)
Finding a budget-friendly car is tough enough; when you have kids, it becomes more difficult. I've picked ten cars which I think represent the best family cars for under $20,000.
--- Aaron Gold, About.com Guide
7. KIA Rondo
#826 of 859 Idling Stop - Re: pictures on the 2011 Mazda 5 [coolmazda5]
Jan 30, 2010 (1:27 pm)
a good alternative until the price of hybrids come down to a more affordable level.
#827 of 859 Re: pictures on the 2011 Mazda 5 [castg1]
Jan 31, 2010 (6:58 am)
You would think the Istop would be a selling point in the USA even if it didn't impact the stated EPA ratings.
I wonder if it adds any reliability issues? It seems a sensible thing to have on most models. Air conditioning would be a problem in extended stop and go traffic unless it was able to run the AC electrically.
#828 of 859 US sales for January 2010
Feb 02, 2010 (2:57 pm)
Mazda 5 - 1,627 (1,340 in Jan. '08)
Rondo - 356 (1,657 in Jan. '08)
#829 of 859 Re: US sales for January 2010 [conwelpic]
Feb 05, 2010 (5:29 am)
very interesting. Where do you find information like that? I was interested in seeing sales numbers for all cars.
#830 of 859 Re: US sales for January 2010 [speddy]
Feb 05, 2010 (6:09 am)
I get the US figures from the newswire as they come out first, but KIA US does post their sales for all their models on there website. For some reason KIA Canada doesn't do this.
If you like sales statistics for all manufacturers, I find this site very good and entertaining. He covers both US and Canada.
#831 of 859 Re: US sales for January 2010 [conwelpic]
Feb 05, 2010 (7:17 am)
Thanks! I used to read this kind of information in Car and Driver, but they stopped puting that sort of information in a long time ago.