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In Search of Headroom, Part 3

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Sometimes you try to be clever, and all you do is confuse, or send the wrong message.

In sharing a bushel of unflattering photos of myself evaluating backseat comfort in Ward's 10 Best Interiors vehicles, I wrote this cutline for a photo I thought clearly showed I was pleased with the third row of the Honda Odyssey minivan:

"Often a penalty box in 7-passenger vehicles, the center third-row seat in new Honda Odyssey minivan makes me wanna holla."

My wife saw the photo and cutline and said, 'What's wrong with the seat? You don't look very happy.'

I took another look at the text and realized the unintended double meaning.

So you'll see the photo again today with a new cutline that I hope leaves no doubt as to my opinion.

Hope you've enjoyed the images as much as I've enjoyed sharing them.

If you have any suggestions about other ways to capture the essence of vehicle interiors with images, please pass them along.

[caption id="attachment_119" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Cadillac CTS-V Sportwagon a hoot to drive but less engaging for center rear occupants."]Cadillac CTS-V Sportwagon a hoot to drive but less engaging for center rear occupants.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_116" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Spacious center backseat in Nissan Leaf leaves me charged up."]Spacious center backseat in Nissan Leaf leaves me charged up.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_118" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Some people seeing this photo last week think I’m hollering in discomfort. No, I’m jubilant with the center third-row seat in new Honda Odyssey."]Some people seeing this photo last week think I’m hollering in discomfort. No, I’m jubilant with the center third-row seat in new Honda Odyssey.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_115" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Outboard rear seats in Dodge Charger sedan are quite comfortable, moreso than center seat."]Outboard rear seats in Dodge Charger sedan are quite comfortable, moreso than center seat.[/caption]

Second-row outboard captain’s chairs in Mazda5 offer plenty of room; third row isn’t bad, either.
Second-row outboard captain’s chairs in Mazda5 offer plenty of room; third row isn’t bad, either.

[caption id="attachment_121" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Subaru Forester rear center seat more than passable."]Subaru Forester rear center seat more than passable.[/caption]

Dodge Journey interior is vastly improved, except for adults wedging into third row.
Dodge Journey interior is vastly improved, except for adults wedging into third row.

[caption id="attachment_120" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Outboard rear seats in new Chevy Cruze offer decent headroom; less so in center seat."]Outboard rear seats in new Chevy Cruze offer decent headroom; less so in center seat.[/caption]

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