Admittedly, the backseat of a car doesn't seem like a place for romance, unless you're 17, parked at a lookout point. But with the latest innovations devoted to making the rear of the car more comfortable and inviting, why not head back there for a romantic escape for two? (You don't even have to leave the driveway.) Here are five cars with backseats made for love.

  • 1 2011 Audi A8L

    2011 Audi A8L

    $74,950

    17 City / 27 Hwy

    Set the mood with the ruby/polar ambient lighting, which softly floods the tunnel, door pockets and door sill strips with a subtle passionate glow. Then nestle into the rear seats, which boast 22-way power contoured seats that cradle the body into a perfect seating position; recline and put your feet up on the ottoman. Then turn on the six-way massagers to work out the knots in your back and ease you into a state of utter relaxation.

  • 2 2011 Toyota Sienna Limited

    2011 Toyota Sienna Limited

    $37,600

    18 City / 24 Hwy

    Mom and dad can leave the kids at home and head out to the Sienna. Recline, fold out the ottomans and stargaze through the rear-seat moonroof. Flip on a favorite romantic DVD to watch on the 16.4-inch screen, put your favorite drinks and snacks in the sliding center console and enjoy your night at the drive-in, without even putting the car into drive.

  • 3 2011 Ford Flex

    2011 Ford Flex

    $30,925

    17 City / 24 Hwy

    Fold down the seats to take advantage of the rear space, where you can lay down horizontally in the 63 cubic-foot area. Push play on the MyFord Touch playlist of romantic songs you created on your iPod or mp3 player. Then set one of the seven ambient lights and pull out chilled drinks and snacks from the cooler in the center console. And enjoy the view through the vista roof, which runs from the front to the back of the car. If things get too steamy back there, you can turn on the cooled seats (or heated if you get a little chilly).

  • 4 2011 Mini Cooper Countryman

    2011 Mini Cooper Countryman

    $26,475

    27 City / 35 Hwy

    The all-new Countryman may seem a little too petite for much more than some munchkins in the back, but don't let the size (or name) deceive you. The separately-adjustable rear seats recline and fold down in this four-door car. Set the ambient lighting to soft pink, display a photo of you and your sweetheart in the document holder in the center rail (a center console with removable storage bins) and put a Pandora Valentine's Day playlist on the sound system. Show your love in a big way ? in a little space.

  • 5 2011 Maybach Landaulet

    2011 Maybach Landaulet

    $423,500

    10 City / 16 Hwy

    With a price tag of over $1 million, the ultra-luxurious Maybach has plenty to offer the rear-seat passenger, starting with fully reclining seats (where you can look at the sky if so inclined to open the roof) and a champagne cooler with two sterling silver Robbe & Berking flutes. There are also dual retractable folding tables, a refrigerator and ventilated or heated seats. If you want a little privacy for your champagne drinking, movie watching or something else, the Landaulet has fabric curtains that can be electrically closed to keep prying eyes out.

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Meg Hemphill is a Los Angeles-based lifestyle writer who covers the good life: style, food, automotive, travel and entertainment. When it comes to cars, it is less about the nuts and bolts and more about the aesthetic, luxury and occasional practicality. A former editor at InStyle, she writes for the Huffington Post and a variety of other publications.

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