What’s the most important seat you own? We’d venture to guess that it’s not in your house. It’s in your car.
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Americans spend 293 hours on average each year behind the wheel. That’s nearly two weeks when you can’t get up and change seats or even easily stretch your legs.
Every automaker tries to build the most comfortable seats so you can rest easy during long or short commutes and road trips. But reviewers consistently praise one for its comfortable driving position. We have the space program to thank.
What are Zero Gravity Car Seats?
NASA scientists researched ergonomics for astronauts who spent days strapped into their seats during the Gemini and Apollo programs. They arrived at the concept of the “neutral posture,” or the position that most alleviates fatigue when sitting for extended periods. It’s the posture that puts the least pressure on our joints.
Nissan ran with it. The company’s zero gravity seats utilize 14 pressure points to keep the body as close to neutral posture as possible while driving.
We drive hundreds of vehicles every year, and we can tell you from experiencing them all that it works. You don’t notice it immediately. On first settling in, nearly every car seat is quite comfortable.
But in hour five of a long drive, we often find ourselves more alert and relaxed in a car built by Nissan or its Infiniti luxury marque.
Nissan developed the seats by working with scientists in the Yamazaki Laboratory at Keio University in Tokyo. They took biometric readings from dozens of drivers during testing — even taking blood samples to measure lactic acid to detect muscle fatigue — to ensure that the seats work with many body types.
There are lots of great driver’s seats on the market. Comfort features like massage settings, heating, and ventilation can make them more comfortable and provide novelty to help drivers stay more alert during a long stretch behind the wheel.
But, particularly if your budget doesn’t stretch to luxury seating, Nissan’s zero-g seats are one of the best choices you can make in car shopping.
Where to Find Zero Gravity Seats:
2022 Nissan Versa
2022 Nissan Sentra
2022 Nissan Altima
2022 Nissan Maxima
2022 Nissan Leaf
2022 Nissan Frontier
2022 Nissan Titan
2022 Nissan Titan XD
Note: Nissan also charges a delivery fee ranging from $1,225 to $1,695 on all trucks.
2022 Nissan Kicks
2022 Nissan Rogue
2022 Nissan Murano
2022 Nissan Pathfinder
2023 Nissan Ariya
2022 Infiniti Q50
2022 Infiniti Q60
Note: Infiniti charges a $1,025 delivery fee on all cars.
Note: Infiniti charges a $1,025 delivery fee on all SUVs. The 2022 Infiniti QX80 does not have zero gravity seats.