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Getting to the office bent out of shape? Your car seat could be why.

By Jill Amadio

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Aching backs, fatigued muscles, eye strain and cramped limbs canmake your commute miserable. Factors that affect your drivingposition include nonadjustable seats, insufficient lateral orlumbar support, and dashboard controls out of comfortable reach andview. The upper back, lumbar region, thighs and head are criticalareas of the body that need support. Some seats strain your back byflexing your hips upward; others are too low to the floor, causingdrivers to strain their necks or tip their heads back.

The seats in top-of-the-line Cadillac, Jaguar, Lexus, Lincolnand Mercedes-Benz models are equipped with the best lumbar support,plus inflatable bolsters and multipositioning choices. The LexusLS430 has a 14-way power driver's seat, front and rear verticalheight, four-point lumbar support and fore-aft adjustments.Lincoln's Aviator, LS and Navigator luxury models have seatswith side bolsters, heating and cooling, and lumbar support.Jaguar's XJR sedans have 16-way seats, lumbar support, andheadrest height and cushion extension adjustment. Saab's Aero9-5 sedan has the best seats in its price class (starting at$39,465), with adjustable lumbar support, large side bolsters, andheating and cooling. Several Toyota car and truck seats are made byAraco Corp., rated by J.D. Power & Associates as highest inoverall seat quality.

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