What Women Want: Fold Down Rear Seats

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
what women want fold down rear seats

It's true: TTAC panders to PR-meisters who use surveys to hook hacks into stories with only a peripheral link to the companies that sponsor them. And more than a few of these polls are about as scientific as astrology. Still, sometimes we can't help but share the bizarre-o info that nine out of ten spin doctors prescribe for their clients who chew gum. In this case, leasetrader.com— the e-Yenta of the leasing biz– claims they surveyed 2000 female customers/potential customers to discover that fold down rear seats are their most fave feature, car-wise. Then it's Bluetooth capability, MP3/iPod connectivity, automatic open/close hatchback and GPS technology. In an interview with TTAC (below), leasetrader.com's Vice President of Marketing Communications insists that women are crying out for somewhere to put their damn handbag (paraphrasing) and can't see the point of a sunroof (so to speak). In case you're wondering what this all means, John Sternal kinda promises he might poll men on the same topic eventually, although he reckons men's magazines auto coverage proves we're performance-minded oafs pistonheads. Ya think?

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  • David C. Holzman David C. Holzman on Oct 17, 2007

    I have owned two four-door sedans since 1993, and I would find the lack of fold-down rear seats enormously inconvenient. I might need a sunroof if I had a Chrysler 300 or some other car wth those damn slit windows, but with a decent greenhouse, it seems pretty superfluous, and furthermore, I don't fit in most cars with sunroofs. "hook hacks..." I like that.

  • Kurt B Kurt B on Oct 17, 2007

    One vote from a guy.. gotta have fold down 60/40 in the back.

  • Glenn126 Glenn126 on Oct 17, 2007

    My wife's new 2007 Sonata has a little hook on the right side of the console, just right to hold her handbag. She actually was surprised to see that "someone" in the auto industry actually stopped to think about something so practical for women. ("Mamma's happy? Everybody's happy.") The Sonata also has 60/40 rear folding seats, but I think my wife thinks the '08 Prius takes the cake because it's a hatchback too, and we can get a LOT of food for the church food pantry in it on shopping trips, among many other uses. Though when we have to, the Sonata has a massive trunk (and fold-down) so we can get a lot of food in there, too, for the same job as needed. It's just not quite as convenient as a hatchback.

  • Askpatty Askpatty on Oct 17, 2007

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