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Solution to stiff seats?

Ive driven the Limited, Overland, and Summit. All 3 feel like the seats are solid as a rock. Im not expecting a lazyboy sofa, but something more comfortable than a park bench.

For those that feel that the drivers seat was too firm, did you find a solution? Was it just being a new vehicle that it needed time to break in or have you found that it hasnt really gotten any better?

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Re: Solution to stiff seats?

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Ive driven the Limited, Overland, and Summit. All 3 feel like the seats are solid as a rock. Im not expecting a lazyboy sofa, but something more comfortable than a park bench.

For those that feel that the drivers seat was too firm, did you find a solution? Was it just being a new vehicle that it needed time to break in or have you found that it hasnt really gotten any better?
I have tested several Summits and an Overland and the Overland seats were way harder than the Summit. From what I've read on this and other forums the seats do soften up a bit over time but the Overland is a stiffer foam right from the start.

Personally I like how the Summit seats feel and that is the trim I am going to buy very soon.
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I have a Limited and do agree these seats tend to leave me shifting around trying to get comfortable. But, after 3000 miles I think they are softening up and fitting to my but a bit more.
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Re: Solution to stiff seats?

I test drove the MDX today and the difference was vast. The MDX felt like sitting on a sofa and the overland felt like a park bench.

It is the one factor that is making me rethink my purchase and possibly go with something else. Kind of hard to drive the jeep if you cant stand the drivers seat.
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Re: Solution to stiff seats?

Test drive one without ventilated seats?


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Re: Solution to stiff seats?

I dunno, I have a '14 Summit and have not noticed stuff seats. They feel perfectly comfortable and comparable to other vehicles I have owned/driven. If it's too stiff for you just give it time you will get used to it. Anytime you get a new vehicle it takes time to adjust, but once you do it will be great!
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Re: Solution to stiff seats?

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I test drove the MDX today and the difference was vast. The MDX felt like sitting on a sofa and the overland felt like a park bench.
The Escape seats are closer to my MDX. I had an '11 and at times I felt they were too comfortable. But, I quickly dismissed that thought.

When I went from the MDX to the Overland it was like night and day.


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Re: Solution to stiff seats?

I thought the vented seats on my Limited with Lux2 were hard. After much fiddling with the adjustments and 6000 miles I've either gotten used to them or they're broken in because they seem quite comfortable now even when I'm driving for 9 hours straight.

I think they're like a good hiking boot. Stiff during break in, but comfortable and durable as they wear, unlike boots that start out soft and become uncomfortable as they wear.
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Re: Solution to stiff seats?

I was at a jeep dealership today and sat in a new overland and then a used Limited and Summit (just to see if there was any difference once broken in). Both still felt pretty firm to me. A noticeable firm that kind of was all I was thinking about during the entire test drive.

No way I would get the seats without ventilation. If youve ever lived in Texas during the summer, you know they are a necessity
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Re: Solution to stiff seats?

I realize that perceived seat comfort is subjective and varies by individual, but with that said...

I have a lower back problem and sciatica that flares up several times a year. I have the firmer #5 foam in my Overland and I've found the seat to be quite comfortable on long or short drives and whether the back/leg problem is present or not.

For me, the big difference in a seat is the amount of adjustibility, lumbar support and decent thigh and seat back bolsters. The lack of decent bolsters makes you subconsciously brace yourself with your legs to keep from sliding around on the seat. My Overland seats are perfect in that regard. It's one of the things I like the most about my Jeep.

Squad car seats use very firm seat foam compared to their civilian versions for 2 reasons... driver comfort and actual seat life because of the number of hours they're being sat on in a day. I've put thousands of hours on in squad cars and I've never felt uncomfortable due to the seat firmness. Maybe that's just me...
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Re: Solution to stiff seats?

MDBones, I'm with you...the seats in my Summit are quite comfortable to me and I prefer the firm support for similar reasons. But for the next person, they certainly could be "too hard" as a personal preference.
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Re: Solution to stiff seats?

FWIW...

For MY14 (presume MY15 is same) your seat foam is:

Laredo/E, Cloth....#2 Foam
Altitude l/lll, Suede....#5 Foam
High Altitude (MY15)....unknown but probably #5
Limited (Std)....#6 Foam
Limited (Lux II)....#1 Foam
Overland....#5 Foam
Summit....#3 Foam
SRT (Suede Perf)....#4 Foam
SRT (Laguna)....#7 Foam

To the best of my knowledge, higher number is firmer as I know for a fact the Overland #5 seats are physically stiffer/firmer than my #3 Summit seats. I acknowledge many like that firmness but my pref is for the best mix of sporty firmness for seat "fitting" me and luxury for cruising comfort. IMHO they got the Summit just right. So, relatively speaking, SRT's w/ Laguna seats (#7) have rocks for seats and Lux II Limiteds (#1) have squishers and other models/trims fill in between.

Other things like seat material, seat shape, bolster config, seat surface material, vented/non-vented, position, etc.. all affect perceived seat comfort but the base foam density has the most? impact on overall impression.
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