A couple weeks ago, Michelle, one of my petite female readers, emailed me with a rant of her own: The headrests in the Volvo XC60. She and her husband had just bought the car and after less than a week, the headrests were creating such a pain in her neck (literally), that they actually traded in the car at a loss! She asked if I ever had this problem.
The answer: A resounding YES!
And, in a quirk of fate, I'm driving one such car this week. The all-new 2013 Mazda CX-5. I never had this problem in the CX-7, CX-9 or any of the Mazda sedans. But, I first noticed this rant in the Mazda5 I drove during the Christmas holiday. I sincerely hope this isn't a trend in the new Mazda vehicles because that will push the automaker from the top of my must-test-and-should-probably-buy list all the way to the bottom.
As you can tell from the photo, in addition to pushing my head forward at a awkward angle, it gives me a hideous double chin. Definitely not an image I enjoy projecting to the world.
I know that the point of the forward-tilting headrest is to prevent whiplash in the event of an accident. But for someone in the 5th percentile, it causes a bigger issue on a daily basis. My solution? I typically just raise the headrest all the way up ... and then thank my lucky stars that I can give the car back.