Automakers kick bench seats to curb

Automakers kick bench seats to curb

There are 4 comments on the Detroit News story from Sep 30, 2012, titled Automakers kick bench seats to curb. In it, Detroit News reports that:

The 1976 Chevrolet Impala Custom Coupe with a front bench seat. The 2013 Impala is the last North American passenger car in the industry to offer a front bench seat.

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Culpeper, VA

#1 Oct 4, 2012
I miss bench seats, made sleeping in the car much easier.

Flint, MI

#2 Oct 4, 2012
Ditto. Was much better for dating too. Made the car more utilitarian.

Since: Oct 11

Fishers, IN

#3 Oct 4, 2012
mike wrote:
Ditto. Was much better for dating too. Made the car more utilitarian.
bet over half the people that read your reply has to look up utilitarian. might be too big a word for some.

gonna save retired some time so he can rant about the veba and retirement fund more...


1. of or relating to utilitarianism
2. designed for use rather than beauty

3. a person who believes in utilitarianism

Waterford, MI

#4 Oct 18, 2012
I have always had a fondness for bench seats. I think they are more useful. I believe their demise, was due to an intentional focus on selling more SUV's and mini vans thru out the industry. Many people with wagons and full size cars could get by without having to shell out the extra expense of a bigger vehicle than they really needed. The cost of ownership was much lower and fuel economy was better because they were lighter and being cars, sat much lower to the ground had much less wind to push through. Have practical useful seating in cars made it harder for many to justify stepping up, so they eliminated them, claiming people wanted sportier buckets seating with better bolstering. Eventually you were forced into buying a truck if you wanted a bench seat. Too bad, I miss them, and will always have a place in my heart for the functionality of the bench seat that maximized the usefulness of my cabs.

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