What are bucket seats?

I’ve been shopping for a new car, and I keep reading about “bucket seats.” What are those?

Sarah Gray · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Coming from an age in which bench seats are pretty much a thing of the past, it’s easy for just about anyone under 30 to wonder, what are bucket seats? Put simply, a bucket seat is a car seat that’s molded to fit a single person.
Bench seats are designed for multiple people to sit side-by-side. Many rear seats in cars and back row seats in SUVs are bench seats, but front driver and passenger seats are almost always bucket seats in new vehicles. In fact, bucket seats are now so common that we have varieties of them—basic buckets, racing buckets, captain’s chairs, you name it.
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