What you have is what you have to live with as per previous postings here. I expect you can find some lumbar support if you want to spend $100.00 plus but then you have to be small enough as these take up room. The front seats are already "tight."
I have a wedge shaped microfoam cushion designed to be a lumbar support, but I put it on the bottom of the seat with the thickest part of the wedge toward the front of the car. This adds cushioning (very nice in warm weather, a little cold and hard when the car is cold. But more importantly it adds thigh support at the front of the seat and makes my right leg, in particular, much more comfortable.
Your local mall probably sells something like I use. I got mine at Sharper Image.
Or add convert to leather while you are doing the job ask the leather
shop to insert cushion layer where you need it most. Or go with: Sport
seat specialist the "Recaro Seat"...
Then there is a way to customize your Prius interior
with a Sumptuous Leather done in "Two Tone" even upgradable with
_Perforated_ seating area and also a _Heated_Seats_ for a $ price so
let talk upgrades later if needed,
The Recaros would cost over $1500. and you would lose your airbags. Of course you could remove the console and fit in a pair of comfortable seats but again you would be losing the air bags. The cushions are probably the way to go and several owners have posted "URL's" here. Price range I believe was about $140.
Evan, I believe you hit the nail right on the head. I think my problem in driving my friend's Prius was thigh support. My other cars allow the front of the seat to be adjusted upward to support the thigh. I borrowed a wedge-type cushion from someone and tried it in my friend's Prius and it made a big difference. Now I have one less excuse for not buying a Prius. Thanks a lot.
Brad, the one that I borrowed was purchased at the Better Back store. It is a horseshoe-shaped wedge. You're supposed to sit on it with the thicker part under your butt. I turned it around so that the thicker part was under my thighs.
I use the wedge cushion on the seat, so no complaint there. Miss the lumbar support in my Volvo so I just ordered seat covers from Wet Okole and added the lumbar support ... they get installed on Friday ... hope it'll help my back.
The lumbar support cushion is small enough to still let you sit in the seat properly but still give your back support where it is needed. The cushion conforms to your back to relieve all stress points.
Having gone from a very flat and unsupportive seat in the old Subaru wagon. I find the Prius seats excellent. More so on long journeys. The only thing I would like to have is adjustable lumbar and flank support. Toyota did it 20 years ago...
I don't know... I was really dissappointed in the seats the way they are. So much so that I am considering cancelling my order. Anyone want my place in line? The new navigation system is okay but the voice recognition is much worse. You have to hear some slow voice tell you that to speak the command after the beep each time you press the button. Well.... duh! I knew that, just tell me once and get it over with. Very uncomfortable seats. It is a shame to have to spend all that money for a new car and have to reupholster.
Reupholstering won't help and you are fortunate to have driven a Prius long enough to determine it would be an uncomfortable drive for yourself. I have found a vinyl seat cover with both lumber support and more support under my knees and it does make the seat comfortable for an hour or so reading while waiting for my wife at the mall but there is nothing I can do about the uncomfortable extended arm length required for driving.
It works for some folks and doesn't for others. It's a darn shame when you are one of the "others."
Wasn't someone a while ago going to look into getting some seats out of a totaled other Toyota, with comfy seats, and seeing if they could be easily put into the prius? Hopeing the mounting brackets were similar and the wiring harness for the airbags would be the same. Having owned and driven several Toyotas, I can say that it is a Prius specific issue. Maybe the seats from a Camry, Sienna, or Avalon?
And for me at least, I work with the thick part of the wedge to the back as I find the slope of the seat bottom too steep for my thigh comfort. But we are all shaped different.
I got my 05 with leather and I have been very happy have taken 2 long trips. Got the car in May and now have over 12K on it no complaints at all. On the long trips we have to stop about evey 200 miles to let the dogs out , love the fold down rear as that gives them something flat to rest on
Ironic, that I find the seats very comfortable. No complaints at all. Everyone is shaped different and I guess when designing a seat, there is a compromise. Try sitting in a Mercedes C320 for two hours. Almost like sitting on a Church pew. Horrible!! I am VERY happy with my Prius seats. Glad I am somewhat average in height .
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