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Does anyone have complaints about long duration seat comfort? Normally, i have zero issues with seats . My cx9 and my gti had excellent seats where i could drive easily 400 mile legs with zero back discomfort. I find with my cx30 premium that after an hour and a half my back is killing me. No amount of sear or lumbar adjustment seems to correct this. I especially find this off as the seats in the cx9 are excellent.
 

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No issues with mine. Lower back pain is a strange thing and has many causes you need to work out is it the seat or something else going on. I'd do a long journey in a different vehicle to rule out it being a new problem that's coincidentally occurred with a new car. I've just had abdominal surgery that had loads of complications and sitting comfortably in hospital was difficult. Dreaded the journey home but the CX was brilliant and with the heated seat on actually eased things.
 

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No issues with mine. Lower back pain is a strange thing and has many causes you need to work out is it the seat or something else going on. I'd do a long journey in a different vehicle to rule out it being a new problem that's coincidentally occurred with a new car. I've just had abdominal surgery that had loads of complications and sitting comfortably in hospital was difficult. Dreaded the journey home but the CX was brilliant and with the heated seat on actually eased things.
No, for me it is the seat. I have no back problems at all and never had. As well, as i mentioned, the other two vehicles i had were back trouble free .
 

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I've had no issues with the drivers seat in the CX-30.

Granted, my longest trips have been in the 4-5 hour range (no stops), but I've had no complaints.

Prior to this car, I had a RAV4, and I experienced wicked sciatica on trips longer than a half hour. So as far as I'm concerned, this set of wheels is a dream.
 

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No, for me it is the seat. I have no back problems at all and never had. As well, as i mentioned, the other two vehicles i had were back trouble free .
Besides feel, can you identify how the CX-30 seat is different from the other 2? Different dimensions? More or less firmness? Different shape?

I have no problem with the CX-30 seats but find them unusual in that the bolsters on both the seat bottom and back are very prominent and firm. I just cant slide into the seat, I "fall" into it. Seem like Mazda wanting to create a sporty feel. Once in them I'm comfortable but everyone is different.
 

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Seats in mine seem comfortable enough with good lower back support, after I fiddled with & saved some seat settings specifically for me & my 6ft2in height, but I'm rarely in my CX-30 for more than 30 minutes at a time & haven't done any long trips in it yet.
 

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Besides feel, can you identify how the CX-30 seat is different from the other 2? Different dimensions? More or less firmness? Different shape?

I have no problem with the CX-30 seats but find them unusual in that the bolsters on both the seat bottom and back are very prominent and firm. I just cant slide into the seat, I "fall" into it. Seem like Mazda wanting to create a sporty feel. Once in them I'm comfortable but everyone is different.
The cx 30 seats are far less bolstered than my gti but about the same as the 9. I find the lumbar is not as pronounced at full extent as the other ttwo....just seems less support esp for the thighs and mid back. I am 6'0" and 175
 

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No, for me it is the seat. I have no back problems at all and never had. As well, as i mentioned, the other two vehicles i had were back trouble free .
I understand that you didn't have issues before I'm just saying it's worth eliminating a new back problem, my work involves looking at back injury and there's lots of factors involved.
It's then hard to work out the source of the problem, the seats in any car are designed to accommodate a broad spectrum of the population but can't cover everyone. My wife had a real issue with her knee and it took a while to work out it was a foot support issue combined with a normally unnoticed weakness. It could be anything from squab or seatback angle to steering wheel position or headrest position. Hard to work out without physically being there but try some under thigh support (foam pads to lift the knees slightly. I suspect the squab on the CX is perhaps too short to give you the support you need.
 

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I understand that you didn't have issues before I'm just saying it's worth eliminating a new back problem, my work involves looking at back injury and there's lots of factors involved.
It's then hard to work out the source of the problem, the seats in any car are designed to accommodate a broad spectrum of the population but can't cover everyone. My wife had a real issue with her knee and it took a while to work out it was a foot support issue combined with a normally unnoticed weakness. It could be anything from squab or seatback angle to steering wheel position or headrest position. Hard to work out without physically being there but try some under thigh support (foam pads to lift the knees slightly. I suspect the squab on the CX is perhaps too short to give you the support you need.
I have no back issues at all, never had,, i actually have a strong back at no other point and with no other activity do i have a sore back. . My point is that no vehicle seat need be uncomfortable, i realise they are designed to fit many body types, as were the 9 and the gti, yet those were not uncomfortable; aside from my 30 i have only been in one other vehicle, a honda civic, where the seat was a back breaker.
 

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Long duration? Not quite, haven’t been on a long trip. Short duration, definitely. The thigh bolsters on the driver side of my ‘22 select are TIGHT, so I have to sit weird. Passenger side is fine.

Maybe I have scoliosis or I’m crazy, though. 🤷🏼‍♂️
 

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I will admit the CX30’s seats are not the best I have sat in, the best were my recent Volvos. Many things can be done to try and find that comfortable position you/we want. Additional lumbar support, different positions of the seat bottom and/or back, fore/aft, but in the end as has been stated everyone has a different shape and maybe this vehicle just doesn’t fit your frame.
 

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I'm 6'3", 205lbs....not all seats fit me.

I'm so glad that the salesman who handled my purchase let me drive the car for a couple of hours. I was able to get it out on the highway as well as rolling country roads. More importantly, it gave me enough time to play around with the seat position and find out if the sciatica I suffered from would show up in Mazda seats as opposed to the shitty RAV4 seats.

So far so good, though I'm thinking of taking a road trip to Texas in October and it is in the back of my mind that I could just be lucky up to this point.
 

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I have no back issues at all, never had,, i actually have a strong back at no other point and with no other activity do i have a sore back. . My point is that no vehicle seat need be uncomfortable, i realise they are designed to fit many body types, as were the 9 and the gti, yet those were not uncomfortable; aside from my 30 i have only been in one other vehicle, a honda civic, where the seat was a back breaker.
I'm just offering constructive advice and explaining why you might be having issues. You seem to be taking issue with that for some reason so best of luck with resolving the problem.
 

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LOL, no the seats are just fine in the cx-30. No issues what so ever. As for the GTI, hard as rock and small. Seems something is going on with your seating position.
 

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no problem here, just got back from a long trip and did 2-3 hours none stop with no issues. I sometimes find that during a long drive that the slightest movement in the dial for the front edge height adjustment can make all the difference.
I have the cloth seats, and 5'-11", 200 lbs.
 

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This "issue" get rehashed in a new thread every couple of months or so. It seems those with seat issues want Mazda to make changes that the majority doesn't.

I've had back problems since I was in my teens, nearly 50 years. The seat in my CX30 is probably the best I have had in a vehicle. I make several 10 hour, 1-way drives a year only stopping for gas and a RR break. I have 0 complaints.

This site could use a moderator, or two.
 

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I'm just offering constructive advice and explaining why you might be having issues. You seem to be taking issue with that for some reason so best of luck with resolving the problem.
No not at all taking issue. Simply opining that the seats are not as comfortable for me as with other vehicles including mazda's own 9....one needs to position one's self as far to the left of the seat as possible to be aligned with he steering wheel and , if not, i think that contributes to the lack of comfort.
 

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I will admit the CX30’s seats are not the best I have sat in, the best were my recent Volvos. Many things can be done to try and find that comfortable position you/we want. Additional lumbar support, different positions of the seat bottom and/or back, fore/aft, but in the end as has been stated everyone has a different shape and maybe this vehicle just doesn’t fit your frame.
Tried all that. Sadly on a 1/2 test drive these kind of things are not discoverable....no amt of lumbar, thigh support or fore and aft or seat rake makes it comfortable for long drives. It is very good for the first hour and then one sees a difference.
 

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So I suppose it would be wise for future prospective buyers to consider extended test drives to determine if they are comfortable. I mean for me a vehicle being the second most expensive purchase I make next to buying a house, I make sure I know what I am getting into before signing on the dotted line.
My uncertainty in buying the CX 30 is how it will perform once the winter arrives and we get 6 months of slippery road surfaces.🤔
 

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Tried all that. Sadly on a 1/2 test drive these kind of things are not discoverable....no amt of lumbar, thigh support or fore and aft or seat rake makes it comfortable for long drives. It is very good for the first hour and then one sees a difference.
The manual suggests how to adjust the seat starting on 2-5 and goes on to 2-10. It's at least a place to start if you haven't tried this yet. Neighbors son is 6'3", 240lbs, and had a problem getting comfortable in his CX30 until he tried this. After a few tries he found a comfortable position. Yes, this is a big guy, however, he fits in it and has even driven from Ohio to Florida and back in it. He loves it, and maintains the car cosmetically and mechanically, mostly himself.
 
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