One of the reasons for my query is that passenger has back issues & 4 hrs is probably a max trip day.gar187er said:3-4 hours?
thats not very long.....lol
did 6 hrs up to upstate NY which is normal for me.....
back was 8.5 sittin in traffic....
then again, i drive all day in my work truck (02 3500 ford van 164,xxx), so im use to driving long hours.....its not the vehicle that does it, its whether you can physically take it....some people cant do it...
The seats are on the firm side even with leather...but that can actually be a good thing for people with back problems....and firm is not the same as being hard and benchlike. The Nox/Terrain don't have a soft pillowy ride by any means, but it will never feel harsh or jarring unless you're driving over some really bad pavement. I feel my Nox is a great highway cruiser...and even backseat passengers aren't punished. The backseat has more legroom than many full size SUV's...and the seats actually independently recline to a small degree, and there is a flip down armrest with cupholders as well. The only way to make backseat riders more comfortable would be having rear a/c vents, which unfortunately is only on the higher priced Cadillac SRX.Longwait4Train said:One of the reasons for my query is that passenger has back issues & 4 hrs is probably a max trip day.
Having a back built of Oak would help, but not everyone is that fortunate & some need to rely on finding a comfortable ride.
I would define 'comfortable ride' as including an absence of fatigue factors such as tire noise & wind whistle, , vehicle sits solid & tracks straight so your not correcting the steering all the time & suspension smooths out the bumps rather than rattles your teeth.
& seats don't feel like you are sitting on a park bench. The ideal seat would give a feeling like you're sitting in a comfortable leather chair.
In researching crossovers have driven a Volvo XC60 on basis of Volvo seat comfort reputation & was surprised that seats were very firm & ride was firm, not as comfortable as expected.
Wasn't $6k better than Terrain I drove on a short run from the Dealer.
Hence my query as to how do you find Terrains on a long run?
There are floorducts to rear area for heat and ac. Has been discussed in prior topics. There are pictures of the vents on this forum somewhere too.NoobNox said:The only way to make backseat riders more comfortable would be having rear a/c vents, which unfortunately is only on the higher priced Cadillac SRX.
edit- you can get backseat headrest entertainment if you really feel like spoiling your passengers..or have young kids to pacify.
Yeah, I'm aware of those, (I even pointed it out to someone on another forum) but I think we can all agree that that isn't quite the same as having higher directional vents with independent fan speed/temp control. Seems to me those underseat vents would work better for heating than cooling..Roesterman said:There are floorducts to rear area for heat and ac. Has been discussed in prior topics. There are pictures of the vents on this forum somewhere too.
Yeah, noise in the rear and not being able to hear everything the people in front are saying are things that I've experienced in nearly every vehicle I've backseated in, which includes a fairly new Mercedes E500. I only rode in the back of my Nox once, but I found that if the stereo is turned way down or off I can have a completely normal conversation with everyone inside. The only downside of the Nox (noisewise) is the tire hum over certain types of pavement...I don't know if GM skimped on the wheel well insulation, or just the fact there is so little other noise makes it seem louder.JohnEqui said:A couple of times I gave up the steering wheel and I got in the back seat for a short nap (on long hauls of 10-12 hours). I find the back seat a bit uncomfortable because of the rough suspension. You hear and feel a lot the road hazards. I presume that a SUV is not as comfortable as a sedan, and the fact that the cargo space is not separated is not helping.
Although, no problem for leg space for me (6'2''), nor the firm seat. I did have problems hearing the front seat people, but mostly because of my small hearing problem, the radio and the distance from them , not the outside noice.
PS. It's an Equinox experience.
Thanksbballr4567 said:We went to IN to FL in a straight shot. 15 hours later, we were there and the Terrain handled it pretty smoothly.
Ive got a form of spina bifida and the Terrain is one of the most comfortable vehicles Ive ever been in. I did a 6 hour stint without stopping and I got out, stretched and felt great. In our Malibu, I could only go about 4 hours without stretching.
Overall, this is one of the BEST roadtripping vehicles Ive been in. Sure, the seats are firm but they are a GOOD firm and provide great support for long drives without getting soft like other vehicles.