15 Best Cars for Short People for 2021

2020 Volvo XC60
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For Shorter Drivers, These Cars Aren’t Much of a Stretch

Shopping for a new car can be tough. You have to consider price, performance, features, crash-test results, and fuel economy – along with dozens of other factors – to find the perfect vehicle. Drivers who classify themselves as “short” have other mitigating factors to take into account. 

According to the United States National Center for Health Statistics, the average woman in this country is 5-feet-4-inches tall, and the average man is 5-feet-9-inches tall. For the vertically-challenged, features such as power-adjustable seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and adjustable pedals can help create a more comfortable and confidence-inspiring driving position. 

Another important consideration is outward visibility, and the limitations that a shorter height has on situational awareness while driving. To that end, you’ll notice that many vehicles on this list are SUVs or crossovers. 

Vehicles with a greater ride height offer improved views of the road ahead, behind, and to the side. In larger vehicles, advanced safety technologies such as blind spot monitoring and surround-view cameras can help shorter drivers be more aware of their surroundings. 

The downside to high-riding vehicles, such as full-size pickup trucks, is that they can be hard for shorter people to enter and exit. Additionally, in the case of SUVs, you want to make sure you can easily reach the cargo liftgate when it’s raised. It’s also important to consider the overall shape of a trunk, as shorter people may not be able to fully reach inside to retrieve their stuff. 

Lastly, shorter drivers may be more comfortable in smaller vehicles, where it’s easier to judge the size of the car when changing lanes or parking. More compact vehicles also have dashboard controls or infotainment screens that are easier to reach from your perch in the driver’s seat. 

Our scores and rankings change regularly as we receive and analyze new data, so what you see on this slideshow may not match our current reviews or class rankings. Read on to find out which cars, SUVs, trucks, and minivans are a great fit for short drivers.

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