In this guide, we explore the various types of factory seat configurations like 40-20-40 split bench seats, bucket seats, 60-40 seats, captain seats, and more. We will delve into their features and benefits to help you make an informed decision when looking for replacement seats for your car or truck.

Seating Configurations

Bucket Seats - 2 Passengers (40-console-40)

Bucket seats consist of two separate seats with a console in between. These seats are popular in both cars and trucks and are often referred to as 40-console-40 or captain's chairs. They offer better comfort and support compared to bench seats but limit the number of passengers.

When an SUV has both front and rear bucket seats it's often called quad seats or quad bucket seats.

2013 Ford F-150 40-20-40 Ebony Cloth Bucket Seats

Pictured: 2013 Ford F-150 - 40-20-40 Ebony Cloth

Full Bench Seat - 3 Passengers

A full bench seat is a single cushion spanning the entire width of the vehicle. While it can seat up to three passengers, it is generally less comfortable than bucket seats. These are commonly found in older vehicles and trucks.

1998 Silverado Worn Bench Seat

Pictured: Worn 1998 Silverado Bench Seat (we threw it out)

Split Bench Seat - Various Configurations

Split bench seats are divided into sections and come in different types:

40-20-40 Split Bench

This version has three separate sections and provides greater storage options than full bench seats.

2013 Ram 1500 Diesel Gray Cloth 40/20/40

Pictured: 2013 Ram 1500 - Diesel Gray Cloth 40/20/40

60-40 Split Bench

This layout resembles bucket seats but allows for the passenger seat to fold down for additional cargo space.

1996 F-150 Red Cloth 60/40 Seats

Pictured: 1996 F-150 Red Cloth 60/40 Seats

Jump Seat

A jump seat is a smaller seat positioned between two larger seats. Also known as a buddy seat or console seat, it can provide extra seating or fold down to serve as storage.

2016 Silverado Black Leather Jump Seat

Pictured: 2016 Silverado - Black Leather Jump Seat

Can You Swap Out Seats In A Car?

Yes, you can change out your seats relatively easily. If you're replacing your seats with OEM replacements you can expect a quick and easy installation. Aftermarket seats are generally not intended for highway usage - they lack all of the important original safety equipment and sensors. This causes a variety of errors and sometimes can disable the complete airbag system. Swapping second and third row seats is typically much easier as they don't contain any of the sensors found in the front row.

If you have any questions or require further assistance in choosing the right seats for your vehicle, please contact us.