Generally speaking....

Hi folks (WR), Thanks for the work you do - I've enjoyed the web site and the e-mails quite a bit over the last few years. I do have one complaint, which is probably true of MOST auto review publications/outlets. Generally speaking, the area of neglect that I see is.... ...the BACK SEAT!!!! When it comes to the back seats, you guys are like the other 90% of publications out there. You just totally overlook it. For example, I was looking at the e-mail you sent today (5/23/12) on the new MB C250 Coupe. Nice little car - looked at all the pictures. And you know what I DIDN'T see?!?! A single picture of the back seat! I can't get over the fact that, even when it comes to sedans, most won't even go to the trouble of mentioning in the specs that this 'Seats: 5,' or '4,' or whatever the case. Why wouldn't this be useful info? Could read... 2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe Engine: Turbocharged inline-4, 1.8-liters, 16v Output: 201 hp/229 lb-ft 0-60 MPH: 7.1 sec Weight: 3538 lb ----------------------------------- >>>>> SEATS: ??? <<<<< ----------------------------------- Fuel Economy, City/Hwy: 21/31 mpg Base Price: $37,220 And what would be above and beyond expectation - if you ever wanted to be far-and-above the 90% (IMO) - is to pose a 6 ft. adult in the back seat to show the available legroom for a normal / fully advanced / fully retracted front seat. Now THAT would be amazing, and amazingly useful. Maybe I'm biased because I have three small children, but I have always been frustrated with the fact that info is so lacking in this regard. It took me a while to find out (after I initially got my hopes up) that a Volkswagen (Passat) CC only has 4 seats :-( The normal Passat will do, and you guys did include a (single) picture of the back seat, but it was one of those front-seat-forward, you've got all the room in the world, press shots from VW. Bleh. And of course to get a 110% approval you'd need to place three car seats side-by-side in the back to show the available room :-) Yes, I know - a lot to ask. I don't expect anything in return. So there's my $.02 on the subject. Just had to tell someone. There are approx. 2k+/mo searches on Google for folks checking room for car/baby seats. I know it's a fraction of a percent, but I know I'm not the only one out there who would benefit. Thanks, -TC
by Webchimp on May 23, 2012 - 4:22 p.m.