How often do we get to sample the nice rear seats that automakers put into their latest and greatest cars? Whether it’s for the purpose of luxury or functionality, rear seats have come a long way from the standard benches of yore, and this list is a true testament to some cars being better suited for passengers, rather than those behind the steering wheel. Here, I present 7 cars that do, in fact, do it better in the rear:
When we think of cars we’d like to be driven across the country in, the Maybach brand is our first choice.
6. Chrysler Town & Country
We miss full-size conversion vans. The closest thing we get is Chrysler’s Town & Country minivan, with its Swivel ‘N Go rear seating, the two middle seats can be turned around, and a neat little table can be set up for card games, food, and long-lasting games of Monopoly.
5. Geely GE
While the Geely GE is a blatant design rip-off of older Rolls-Royce cars, the rear seat setup is something only the Chinese automakers could come up with. One giant chair (throne) is all your highness needs
4. Lincoln MKT
Minivan? We don’t need no stinking minivan! Lincoln’s new MKT (and its sister car, the Ford Flex) have some pretty plush rear seat setups, especially with the two individual captain’s chairs. The center-mounted refrigerator and standard glass-panel roof are nice touches, as well.
Even though BMW’s new 5-Series Gran Turismo is positioned below the barge-like 7-Series in the automaker’s lineup, the 5GT’s rear seats are much more luxurious. “Gran Turismo” means “Great Traveling,” and we’d gladly accept a long-distance ride in the 5GT any day of the week.
Like the Chrysler Town & Country, Toyota’s 2011 Sienna offers up some interesting rear-seat options. Just looking at these reclining second-row chairs makes us want to fall asleep and drool on our shoulders while Finding Nemo plays on the rear entertainment system.
1. Rolls-Royce Phantom (Extended Wheelbase)
The rear quarters of the Rolls-Royce Phantom might be more luxurious than your sitting room at home, and if you option up for the star-like headliner, it’s pretty much paradise back here. We wish more cars came with glass to separate the front and rear seats, too.