GM SUV Seat Styles

by Dennis Hartman

American automaker General Motors is one of the largest manufacturers of sport utility vehicles, or SUVs, in the world. Through its GMC, Chevrolet, Cadillac and Buick model lines, GM offers SUVs with a wide range of amenities including various types of seats for optimizing the comfort and convenience of drivers and passengers.

Bucket Seats

Bucket seats are the seating style for most front seats in GM SUVs. These seats feature integrated seat belt connectors and a shallow bucket to hold a single rider in place. GM also offers bucket seats for middle seating in luxury models like the Cadillac Escalade SUV. These models usually also include a rear bench seat known as an "additional rear seat." Because of their armrests and side support, bucket seats take up more space than bench seats, and so rear bucket seats are only possible on some of GM's wider SUVs.

Power Seats

Power seats are bucket seats with motors to change their position at the touch of a button. While all GM front bucket seats feature adjustments, not all are power seats, with some using conventional manual adjustment levers. The number of positions of a power seat varies by model, but most GM SUV power seats have at least six-way adjustments. Power seats are most common for the driver's seat, but some models, like the Buick Enclave, offer a power passenger seat as standard equipment.

60/40 Bench Seats

A 60/40 bench seat is a rear seat with a single seating surface for passengers to share. The 60/40 refers to a split in the seat, with one or two sections (one including the middle seat and one omitting it) able to fold forward. The 60/40 bench seats give GM's SUVs a degree of versatility in terms of managing both cargo and passenger space. Some GM SUVs with 60/40 bench seats include the mid-size Chevy Equinox.

Pass-Through Rear Seats

GM produces pass-through rear seats for some of its SUV models with third-row bench seats. These models include the Cadillac Escalade, Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Tahoe, Tahoe Hybrid and Traverse. A pass-through rear seat features a section of the vertical seat back that folds forward to allow an opening between the rear cargo area and the rear seating area. This makes these SUVs able to accommodate bulky or longer items without reducing the amount of seating space in the first and second rows, which usually contain bucket seats.

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