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Buying a new car. have occasional trouble with lower back

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buying a new car. have occasional trouble with lower back pain; when I do exercises usually fine. Will have 2 two-hour drives/week. What should I consider? Particularly looking at Prius and Ford C-Max. Any problem with those? How should I position my feet relative to my hips & buttocks when I sit in a car?
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Those are all excellent questions. And the only way to answer them is for you to take a Prius and a Ford C-Max for a long test drive and see how your back feels when you adjust the seat for maximum comfort.
It might, actually, be best if you could find a friend who owns the cars you are interested in purchasing and take them on a trip and see how your back feels.
There is no right or wrong way to position your feet relative to my hips & buttocks when I sit in a car as every person is different.
That being said, my Uncle has Prius, drives it about 20K mile/yr and loves it. No problems, lots of room and gets almost 60 MPG.
Does this make sense to you?
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Rick. Good general advice. I have no medical issues other than occasional back pain. 55 year old male, 6'1, 220 lbs, so I am overweight. Not an athlete, but not a couch potato. Jog/walk/bike 3x/week

I can't induce the occasion other than stopping my exercises for several days. I'm guessing there are some general principles; I hear bucket seats are bad because buttocks is lower than knees.

Do you have any more concrete advice? Web site reference(s)?

Thank you,


That is not really correct as many cars with electric adjustable seat allow you to lift your knees, put your butt down you can adjust the seat seven ways from Sunday (not sure what that really means....) for your comfort.
I do not believe there is any more concrete advice out there...just get a fancy 6way+ electric seat that generally fits you well when you sit in it and you should be fine.
Enjoy your new car :)
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.'Till%20Sunday

Thank you!