These Vehicles Are the Most Comfortable for Short Drivers
According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, the average woman in the United States is 5 feet 3.7 inches tall and the average male is 5 feet 9.2 inches tall. For drivers who fall on the short end of the height spectrum, finding a vehicle that works for their size can be challenging.
Technological innovations, including a telescoping steering wheel, electronically moving pedals, and multi-way power adjustable front seats make being behind the wheel a more user-friendly experience for short drivers.
The vehicles that are best for short individuals combine these technologies with good sight lines, lower door sills, and power closing liftgates. Read on the find out which cars, SUVs, and minivans fit the bill.
2017 Honda Accord
MSRP: $22,455 (Details Below)
The Honda Accord is a highly ranked midsize car that offers a good combination of comfort, reliability, and features. It has a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, as well as a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, making it easy to find a good position. The Accord has redundant audio controls on its wheel, which means you don’t have to stretch to reach a touch screen for adjustments.
2017 Subaru Forester
MSRP: $22,595 (Details Below)
Subaru has outfitted the Forester with plenty of glass making the compact SUV feel bigger than it is while offering drivers of all sizes good visibility. The nimble Forester comes with standard all-wheel drive. A power liftgate with automatic close and height memory is available on higher grades of the SUV. The Forester’s steering wheel contains audio, Bluetooth, and cruise control switches. Its touch screen is easily reached from both front seats, and front row seat belts are height adjustable.
MSRP: $17,845 (Details Below)
The Mazda3 is one of the best compact cars you can buy. Its small size makes it well proportioned for short drivers. The Mazda3’s agile handling, excellent fuel economy, budget-friendly price, and high-quality interior make it a sporty but practical choice. A tilt and telescoping steering wheel comes standard, while a power adjustable driver’s seat is optional.
2017 Lexus ES
MSRP: $38,900 (Details Below)
The Lexus ES is a good car that is among the more affordable luxury car offerings out there. 10-way power adjustable front seats, a power adjustable tilt and telescoping steering wheel, height adjustable front shoulder belt anchors, steering wheel infotainment system controls, and Siri Eyes Free are standard.
2017 Kia Niro
MSRP: $22,890 (Details Below)
The Niro is Kia’s newest kid on the block, combining SUV utility with a low height for easy ingress and egress. It achieves outstanding fuel mileage and is packed with numerous features that appeal to shorter drivers. A tilt and telescoping steering wheel, multi-way adjustable driver and passenger’s seats with height adjuster, and easily reachable infotainment and climate controls come standard.
2017 Volvo XC90
MSRP: $45,750 (Details Below)
The Volvo XC90 has a luxurious interior befitting its price tag. It offers power adjustable contour sport leather seats complete with cushion extensions, power folding second row headrests, voice control for the infotainment and climate systems, steering wheel controls, and height adjustable driver and passenger seat belts. A driver’s seat, wheel, and mirror settings can be saved as their personal profile, making a driver switch easier.
2017 Honda Odyssey
MSRP: $29,850 (Details Below)
The Honda Odyssey is taller than the Chrysler Pacifica but that works in a short driver’s favor because it gives them a good view of the road. Power adjustable front seats, easy to reach center stack controls, and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel are standard. A forward sliding second row makes it easy for the driver and passenger to reach a child in a car seat while you’re on the road.
2017 Subaru Outback
MSRP: $25,645 (Details Below)
The Subaru Outback makes this list because it has many of the same features as the Subaru Forester like good visibility, easy to reach climate controls, and steering wheel buttons that control audio, cruise control, and many Bluetooth functions. It has sedan-like ground clearance, meaning shorter drivers won’t have difficulty getting inside.
2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
MSRP: $96,000 (Details Below)
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a highly rated super luxury car that offers short drivers access to plenty of power, a high-end interior, advanced infotainment and safety technology, comfortable seating, and a connected drive. It has heated and cooled 16-way power-adjustable front seats with memory. For short passengers, Mercedes-Benz offers the S-Class with a power rear footrest.
2017 Volkswagen Passat
MSRP: $22,440 (Details Below)
The Volkswagen Passat has good visibility and an upright driver’s seat that provides a good view of the road, making it a good car for short drivers. The Passat’s pedals are easy to reach, as is the touch screen. It has adequate cargo capacity. However, it only comes with a small list of standard features.
2017 Genesis G90
MSRP: $68,100 (Details Below)
This is the Genesis G90’s first year on the market and in spite of its large size, the sedan is a vehicle that works for shorter drivers. It has a long list of standard features shorter drivers will appreciate, including a tilt and telescoping wheel, adjustable height seatbelts, 22-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and steering wheel-mounted controls for Bluetooth and audio.
2017 Kia Soul
MSRP: $16,100 (Details Below)
The Kia Soul is a highly rated compact car. Ingress and egress is easy for short drivers and the Soul’s chair-like seat positioning gives drivers a good view of the road despite the Soul’s short windscreen. The Soul’s touch screen and climate controls are easy to reach. Its liftgate opens wide and the Soul offers more cargo space than most of its rivals.
2017 Acura MDX
MSRP: $44,050 (Details Below)
The Acura MDX is a three-row SUV that is well equipped and reasonably priced for a luxury vehicle. Despite its large size, the interior of the SUV is designed with controls that are easily within reach. A 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat is standard. First row seats have adjustable height seatbelts.
2017 Honda CR-V
MSRP: $24,045 (Details Below)
The redesigned Honda CR-V provides a similar driving experience as the previous model, offering a driver’s seat position and road view that is ideal for shorter drivers. The wide opening doors allow for easy ingress and egress. The steering wheel has audio, Bluetooth, and cruise controls, while other infotainment functions are managed via an easy-to-reach centrally located touch screen.
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