Model S seats for people with back pain

Model S seats for people with back pain

I have chronic low back pain and after changing few cars I finally settled with Mercedes CLS 550, which has superb active seats with massaging as well.

I would love to get Model S but wanted some feedback from other owners with low back pain.


jonlivesay | 6 August, 2013

I have chronic low back pain, driving the model S has not changed that. Would suggest you test drive it first. I find the seats to be a bit uncomfortable for long drives, but I'm willing to have a bit of discomfort because the car is superb and IMO world changing. Hope your back feels better every day.

amirm | 6 August, 2013

I have no problem with it but my wife has a problem. The passenger seat looks the same as driver seat but is actually a bit different and less comfortable.

jbunn | 6 August, 2013

I have CLBP, but the Tesla has a lot of lumbar support which helps me.

Before surgery, I had a hard time standing for long periods. I had a boss that could not tolerate sitting, and had to get a standing position desk.

Everyone's back is different. I can say heat is nice to have, but other than that, you just need to decide on your own.

TikiMan | 6 August, 2013

I have a bad lower back and coccyx, and use to have a great deal of pain on long drives in my last luxury Infiniti (FX50s) which had luxury sport-seats.
Thus, I was very concerned before buying my MS, due to my typical 140 mile commute.

After ten months, and 15k miles, I am overall VERY pleased with my MS's seats, and no longer have the same pain on long trips that I had with my last luxury vehicle. I like the fact that there is extra cushion in the bottom-center, where most 'sport-seats' with large side bolsters typically lack. Thus, I no longer have bad pain in my coccyx (which I broke three years ago). Otherwise, the rear-bolster is adjustable, and I have it set to put just the right about of pressure in the area of my bad lower back for the most comfortable support on long drives.

With that said... I know everyone is different when it comes to seat comfort, and my experience might not be the same for other owners. Thus, I suggest to go to a Tesla showroom early on a weekday (when no one is around), and sit in the floor-model MS for as long as you can, to make sure it’s right for you.

Mark Z | 6 August, 2013

I found that my back pain wasn't due to the seat. The Escalade was a pain too. After finding the right chiropractor and visiting for a couple of months, pain gone. Even the Escalade is good again and the Model S is great.

colorsci | 6 August, 2013

Hi- I have two herniated discs T4 + L5 and the seats have a very good adjustable lumber support that I place very low and as far forward as they go- No back issues

mklcolvin | 6 August, 2013

I drive a lot for a living (~60k miles in 18mos.) I have lower back pain, and use this: in my cars. They contour it to your back while you're in the store, and it's made a world of difference to me. I can move this between cars, so it doesn't matter which car I'm in - which allows me to get the car that I want, not the car with the best seat support.

mklcolvin | 6 August, 2013

Oops! Not to imply that I've driven 60k miles in my S (actually a 2013 Ford Fusion), nor that I use the support in my S (I don't drive enough miles in it to justify moving the support from the Fusion)...

AmpedRealtor | 6 August, 2013

Just smoke a joint. According to the Wall Street Journal, Tesla owners are more likely to smoke pot anyway...

jonesxander | 6 August, 2013

lol damned potheads.

Brian H | 6 August, 2013

A menace. Intoxication is intoxication, whether inhaled or imbibed.

JPPTM | 6 August, 2013

This is a very personal decision/issue--hard to quantify opinions. The seats do have a lot of adjustment but not every single adjustable feature some cars have. I do like the lumbar support on my S85.

Robert22 | 6 August, 2013

Driving a P85 while stoned? Sounds like a little chlorine in the gene pool... | 7 August, 2013

One of my common passengers has a bad back and has hated most car seats including the Model S (Lexus and others), but after a month she is fine in the MS. I suspect the seat gets a bit more comfortable after a short break-in period. This was true on other cars for her as well (or her back adjusted to the seat - we'll never know).

If you try out the seats in the showroom or someones non-brand new car, they may have been broken in a bit and should be representative of what you'll get after a bit of use.

Captain_Zap | 7 August, 2013

I have a bad back too.
The inflatable lumbar is awesome for my issues.

GDH | 7 September, 2013

I wish Tesla would make seats with more side and thigh bolster. The current seats are not comfy at all, especially for the price of the car.

LMB | 8 September, 2013

I was sure I would need the many-way seat adjustments, so I got the leather seats, which was the only way to get the adjustment capability, as well as heated seats. Not sure how the feature package works now, it might be different.

Long story short, the only arrangement I can tolerate is with the lumbar support backed out all the way. Then it's great. Just sayin' that back pain is different for everyone and has a million potential causes, and you can't really know anything until you've tried it.

Good idea to look for a car with seats somewhat broken in to try.

JohnnyMac | 8 September, 2013

Major L4 L5 issues for me. With lumbar inflated, I find the MS seats provide better neutral posture (less sagging down into the fold of the seat which creates less flexion if you are familiar with the term) than any of my Mercedes seats.