My husband is six foot three inches and he recently drove his brother’s Jaguar. The car had a feature we’d never heard of – a thigh extender on the driver’s seat. He said it made all the difference in comfort, and it kept his right leg from becoming fatigued during the two-hour trip. We always have a little trouble finding a car that he is comfortable in. We’re definitely not springing for a Jaguar, but we do tend to buy somewhat high-end vehicles. So the question is, when we shop next year for a new car, are there any that cost less than $60,000 that have this feature?
Yes. There are. Among them: some models of BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti and Nissan. This feature has proven to be so popular, I’m betting additional manufacturers will be adding it to at least some of their models by the release of next year’s new cars. For those who haven’t experienced or heard of this feature yet, here’s the deal.
You know (if you’re tallish or very tall) how some seats seem just too darned short from back to front, sort of like you’re sitting on a kid’s chair at a teacher conference? Well, this seat-bottom extender feature lengthens the seat so you can get support under a few more inches of your upper thighs, allowing you to feel a little less “perched” and providing additional support that, especially during longish drives, reduces muscle fatigue and cramping. You sometimes have to upgrade to a higher-end package of a model to get this feature. Still, folks who have long had trouble finding a set with the “right fit” often rave that this is something quite wonderful.
Toyota seems to be doing a lot of different hybrids. Is there any way to find out what percentage of their sales are hybrids? I’m thinking it might be a quarter of their business now …
Toyota said recently that in 2012, 16 percent of its business was from hybrids. It’s worth knowing that in the U.S., less than 4 percent of 2012 sales were hybrids. So Toyota is definitely the leader in that segment.
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