Driving should be an easy and fun experience. But for people who are taller or shorter than average, finding comfort and entertainment in a vehicle can be hard.
For short drivers, an inappropriately-sized car can make driving more of a hassle than a convenience. And when you’re not driving at your best, you could become a hazard to others on the road. But with so many cars out there, how do you wade through the options?
According to Consumer Reports, there are some cars that are more appropriate for short drivers than others. Here are just five of the vehicles that made the list, to help you narrow down your shopping list.
The Subaru Forester has been around since 1998 and it’s been winning awards ever since. It’s one of the most popular, smaller SUVs on the market.
The Forester offers a roomy interior, great fuel economy, and easy, reliable performance. In addition to its cozy interior that can accommodate both short and tall drivers, the Forester also earns the same, high safety awards that Subaru is recognized for.
According to the people at USA Today, the Forester is also rated for having some of the best visibility of all SUVs on the market. This makes it an ideal choice for shorter drivers who don’t want to give up space for cargo and passengers.
BMW 7 Series
If you’re looking for a luxury car that can accommodate your shorter height, the BMW 7 Series might be the car for you. The price tag for the 7 Series can get up to more than $150,000, but BMW makes sure you get what you pay for.
The 7 Series’ interior is out of this world. It boasts high-quality seats, luxury aesthetics and design accents, and intuitive technology. According to Consumer Reports, the 7 Series base model is powered by a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine. But with an upgrade, shorter drivers can get comfortable and punchy with a 4.4-liter eight-cylinder engine that puts out 445 hp.
The Hyundai Sonata has had the reputation of being an affordable and reliable car for decades. In true Hyundai tradition, the carmaker has always kept the Sonata updated with the times, offering advanced technology without the hefty price tag.
According to Consumer Reports, new Sonata comes with a refined, sleek, and modern interior that provides plenty of passenger space. It does this while also providing easy driving access for shorter drivers. And while the Sonata is affordable for most budgets, you won’t have to give up new and innovative technology like an infotainment center and top-rated safety features.
The price tag on Mercedes-Benz’s new S-Class can reach an impressive $250,000, but you won’t find a better-performing car for shorter drivers. According to Top Speed, the S-Class is luxurious and powerful, accelerating effortlessly in any driving environment.
Meanwhile, the interior is plush and designed for optimal convenience. For a full-size sedan, the S-Class handles like a dream and cruises down the road as quietly as possible. As you’d expect from Mercedes, the S-Class comes with every technology and safety feature imaginable, including the option for partial automation.
According to Consumer Reports, the Toyota Highlander is currently in its fourth generation and offers exceptional fuel economy for an SUV. Whether you choose the six-cylinder, 295-hp, conventional engine, or the 240-hp hybrid model, the Highlander provides ample space throughout with third-row seating.
Its design optimizes visibility, but also provides you with a slew of standard safety features. These include pedestrian detection, emergency braking, and lane-departure warning. It no surprise, the Toyota Highlander is ranked highly among its competition. It has an affordable price and reliable performance that keeps Toyota fans coming back.