Best 2020 SUVs for Obese Drivers


Obese drivers need a vehicle with plenty of room for comfort on the roads. This can not only mean a bigger vehicle, but also a higher-visibility vehicle that lets a heavier person sit in a safe driving position.

But not only is size important, but having room where it matters such as in the shoulders, hips, and legroom, all play a role in the driver experience.

With that in mind, below are some of the best 2020 SUVs for obese drivers.

Lincoln Aviator

With the new Aviator, a luxury three-row crossover<, you can get a plush ride that has plenty of room for obese drivers and many comfort and safety features. The Aviator features over 62 inches of shoulder room and 58.5 inches of hip room in the front. The driver’s seat has lumbar support that is power-adjustable. For extra comfort, with the Black Label trim for massage seats. And the rear seats are just as roomy with plenty of hip and shoulder room for passengers. The aviator has a starting MSRP of $51,000. For drivers on more of a budget, consider the Aviator’s sister vehicle, the Ford Explorer.

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Chevy Suburban

This full-size SUV may not get the best gas mileage, but it is a real behemoth. The Suburban has an expansive interior with over 64 inches of shoulder room, 60.8 inches of hip room, and 45.3 inches of legroom in the driver’s row.

The Suburban seats up to nine, so there’s plenty of room for the family and cargo. Add the safety and luxury features, and you’ve got a vehicle that will get you around with room to spare and keep you comfortable.

The Suburban has a starting MSRP of $52,000.

2018 chevrolet equinox

Chevy Equinox

The compact Equinox is big on safety and relatively big on size for its class. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the Equinox a 5-star rating for safety.

With 57.2 inches of shoulder space, 54.2 inches of hip space and 40.9 inches of legroom, the Equinox offers a lot of space for an obese driver. It also gets good gas mileage for an SUV and has room for the rest of the family.

The Equinox would be safe and comfortable for any driver and has a starting MSRP of $24,000.

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Honda CR-V

This award-winning compact SUV gets great gas mileage and has good safety ratings, which makes it an excellent value for any driver. The CR-V built closer to the ground, which makes it easier for overweight drivers to get in and out. Plus, it has a lot of space in the front, as well as adjustable front seat-belt anchors.

The CR-V’s driver’s seat offers 4-way power lumbar support and power adjustment. It boasts 55 inches of hip room and 57 inches shoulder space in both the front and rear.

The CR-V has a starting MSRP of $25,000.

Kia Telluride

Los Angeles, USA – November 16, 2016: Kia Telluride Concept on display during the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Kia Telluride

The all-new Telluride, which was recently named the 2020 SUV of the Year by Motor Trend, has the hip and shoulder room that obese drivers need.

For a large three-row crossover, the Telluride is easy to get in and out of the vehicle. And for its size, the model gets good mileage, 26 mpg on the highway.

The Telluride also has luxury features, heated driving seat, keyless ignition, power rear seats, and much more. It has a starting MSRP of $32,000. Also consider the Telluride’s sibling vehicle, the Hyundai Palisade.

Other Considerations For SUVs For Obese Drivers

The models above come from a broad range of SUV classes, from compact to full-size, with prices ranging from the mid $20Ks to over $50,000.

Other factors also to consider in vehicles include acceleration and towing capability, depending on your needs and preference.

And if obese drivers want to be more environmentally friendly, love the efficiency, and have the $40,000+ budget, also consider an electric SUV, such as the Tesla Model X.

What 2020 SUV model featured above is your favorite?

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3 Responses

  1. FatCarShopper Says:

    These articles are useless. People searching for hip room information want actual seat width measurements. Describing the total “hip room” for a car’s front seats doesn’t give any information for someone concerned about the hip room in the driver’s seat itself, especially when manufacturers continue to add oversized center consoles that eat up a good chunk of that total width. Also, using the term “obese” is quite offensive, as it has extremely negative connotations and turns the size of a person’s body into a medical condition. Use “big,” use “fat,” but don’t use either “o” word.

  2. Kay Says:

    These reviews aren’t very helpful. I want to know 1)how wide the seats are, 2)how far the steering wheel is from the back of the seat, 3)whether the steering wheel will tilt and telescope, and 4)whether the width of the seat is functionally diminished by an armrest or the seatbelt attachment buckle. Leg room and head room are only important if you’re tall. Most fat people are in the same height range as most thin people. It’s not useful to conflate leg and head room with the above 4 pieces of data, unless you’re specifically talking to fat, tall people. Like I said, most of the time, you’re not, even if you phrase it that way.

  3. F1 Guy Says:

    I agree with other comments here. To simply compare overall hip room, leg and head room serves little to no purpose for a heavy person. How would the total distance between doors at the hips matter?? It is the width of the drivers seat, the distance from the back of the seat to the steering wheel and yes, leg room measured from the pedals to the seat back that matter.

    These articles, and I mean ALL OF THEM are useless for making it easier for heavy people to make a decision. They clearly are NOT being written by a heavy person. This reminds me of ‘big and tall’ clothing models who are ALWAYS thin and in great shape. Useless.

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