Finding a vehicle that suits people on the shorter side can be a challenge. Intuitively you might think a small car is best for short people, but this is not necessarily the case. Many cars have low seating positions, restricted viewing areas, and high door sills. Drivers smaller in stature may find that SUVs offer the best comfort and viewing areas since they ride higher.
Shorter drivers need to consider the following:
– Is the seat adjustable and to what height?
– Are the seat cushions too long or too wide?
– Does the vehicle have a low belt-line – the point at which the glass ends and the metal begins?
– Is the steering wheel adjustable – does it tilt and telescope?
– Do the vehicle’s pillars obstruct views?
– Are the windows large enough and shaped in a way that allows for good views all around?
– Are the pedals adjustable?
– What’s the ground clearance of the vehicle? And if taller, is there a step to assist?
If you are a driver smaller in stature, check out these 5 good SUVs for short people.
The Subaru Forester is well-known for fitting short drivers well. With a high ride height and lots of windows, this vehicle offers a low belt-line that provide great viewing areas. The Forester hits almost every consideration mentioned above, as well as offering plenty of room for passengers in both rows, impressive fuel economy, and advanced safety features.
If you are looking for a smaller subcompact SUV, check out the Subaru Crosstrek which has a more aggressive look than the Forester in a much smaller package but similar features.
The Honda CR-V is a longstanding favorite for shorter drivers. A higher ride height, spacious interior, a lower price point, and great reliability make the CR-V an excellent choice. The CR-V has also performed well in safety testing. If you are looking for a subcompact crossover, consider the Honda HR-V which is much smaller than the CR-V, but still provides plenty of interior room. There are mixed reviews on it’s ability to accommodate shorter drivers.
The Chevy Trax is a subcompact SUV that offers rear seats that fold down and lots of standard features for the price. The ride height is higher in both the front and back, making the vehicle comfortable for short or tall people.
The Jeep Renegade is the latest addition in Jeep’s subcompact SUV lineup. It offers excellent off-road capability and agility and has many easy to use features. The driver’s seat is height adjustable and the steering wheel is tilt/telescoping for a comfortable fit.
Many tall drivers complain about the lack of driver room in the Acura RDX, but that’s good news for short people looking for a more luxurious SUV. The RDX offers an 8 way power driver’s seat, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and a great view all around.
Whether the SUV is large, midsize, compact or subcompact, it’s worth a look to see how it fits a short driver. If low entry price point is what you’re looking for, take a look at cheaper SUV options.