Coming from a sixth-gen Civic, these are like luxury seats.
Those things (sixth-gen) were so spongy and bouncy it was like you're sitting on a 1970's couch, minus the psychedelic colors. These (X gen) are really firm and conforming seats. You don't roll out of them when taking corners.
Ok so I kinda have the same problem, thought maybe it was just because I’m too short lmao coz I’m 5’5. However mine comes and goes but definitely during extended driving. Not sure maybe getting new seats would make a differenceI first posted this in a thread on the R-Type section. A poster kindly pointed that out to me and suggested I repost it in the general section. Apologies if you've read this more than once. I'll try and keep things streamlined...
2018 Honda Civic Touring (obviously, leather seats), purchased this month
Male, 37, 5' 10", 190lbs, muscular build (could stand to lose about 10 lbs). Have a naturally very broad back from the shoulders down to waist. I workout regularly and I have no recent injuries or strains. My most recent car was a 2008 Camry Hybrid. However, I haven't owned a car recently. With a lot of travel for work, instead, I've been renting new cars for a year. That has ranged from bottom of the trim-level economy cars like Sentras to luxury sedans, to muscle cars like the Mustang GT, to giant SUVs -- it just depended upon what was available at the rental agency when my late night flights arrived. Bottom line, I've driven a wide variety of cars over the past year and haven't experienced this type of issue on even the lowest trim rentals.
I am experiencing back pain/soreness/discomfort after driving 30+ minutes. I did not experience this on my two test drives. The pain is primarily in my mid to upper part of my lower back. I feel discomfort during the drive; the pain/soreness comes shortly after getting out of the car. I have tried a variety of seat height and angle as well as steering wheel adjustments thus far. Since I've only had the car a few days, I'll keep trying this for the time being, but if I continue to not find a position that relieves the pain, I'll look at a supplemental support cushion, though doing so on a brand new car feels ridiculous to me.
If neither solution works, I guess I'll have to consider something radical, like even trading it back in for a different vehicle. That seems even crazier, but I can't deal with 5 years of back pain for the car I like.
I've read that some people find the Civic seats don't provide enough lumbar support. We're all built differently, but I'm surprised to read that as I find it provides way too much lumbar support now that I've driven it for a few days. If a car has adjustable lumbar support, I tend to push it out as far back as it goes. I find the supposed virtues of lumbar support-oriented seating to be a literal pain in the back. It's why I can't stand those supposedly great Herman Miller office chairs. Anyway, just offering that info as I'm not looking for more lumbar support.
A colleague with a similar build tried the driver's seat out for a trip we were on this morning and described it like so: "way too much lumbar support and, overall, the seats are so firm and rigid that, rather than it feeling like you are sitting on/in the seat, it feels like the seat is digging into you." I'd agree with this sentiment. And, I'd note that neither of us enjoys a mushy seat, but, to me at least, there's a difference between support and rigidity.
Anyone in a similar situation? Did you find a solution? Any supplemental cushion recommendations?
The lumbar support Honda offers in the CRV and Accord is disappointing. Ford had the best from my personal experience with my parents Marquee.I almost thought I was stuck with a bad seating car too.
The seats could stand to have a little bit more lumbar support but the real annoyance for someone my size is that the side bolsters dig into my lats if I don't sit pretty much straight in the seat. Also I stopped having my wallet in my back pocket a long time ago so that is always a good first step for anywhere you sit if you still do this. My brother is about the same size and he likes the seating in it but has not taken a GenX on a long drive yet.