Best Brand-New SUVs for Short People According to Consumer Reports

On average, SUVs tend to be larger vehicles capable of carrying tons of gear and people. As a result, some of these large machines aren’t optimal for shorter folks. However, some SUVs excel in providing good comfort and safety for shorter drivers thanks to their highly adjustable interiors. To explore these options, Consumer Reports compiled a list of the best brand-new SUVs for short drivers.

These are the best compact SUVs for short people

A silver 2019 BMW X3 sits outside a modern house
2019 BMW X3 | BMW

Starting off this list of SUVs is one of the most popular segments around, the compact SUV. In this category, Consumer Reports chose the 2021 Subaru Forester as the best option available. Aside from offering excellent adjustability for smaller drivers, the Subaru Forester is one of the best compact SUVs around. According to Consumer Reports, the Forester excelled in both the predicted reliability and predicted owner satisfaction categories. Additionally, the Subaru impressed in the road test, providing a positive driving experience.

If luxury SUVs are more your speed, you’ll want to look at the 2021 BMW X3. While the X3 doesn’t top Consumer Reports’ list of best compact luxury SUVs, its overall adjustability makes it a great choice for short drivers. As a result, the X3 excelled in the predicted owner satisfaction category. Other highlights include a comfortable cabin, high-quality interior materials, great acceleration, and a quick-shifting transmission.

What if I want a midsized option?

An image of a 2021 Hyundai Palisade on the road.
2021 Hyundai Palisade | Hyundai

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While compact SUVs are great options, they may be a bit too small for larger families. If a midsized SUV is on your list, you have two main options. The first is the two-row Subaru Outback. Like the aforementioned Subaru Forester, the Outbacks interior ergonomics make it easily adjustable to fit various body types. However, it is worth noting that the predicted reliability is slightly lower than the smaller Forester.

If you absolutely need three rows, then the Hyundai Palisade is reportedly the way to go. Despite being a relatively large vehicle, the Palisade’s highly adjustable front seats make it easy for short drivers to feel comfortable and safe. Additionally, the Palisade includes a ton of safety tech, which makes it easier to maneuver. The Palisade also excelled in terms of predicted reliability and predicted owner satisfaction.

Like before, Consumer Reports also picked a luxury SUV option. In this case, the Volvo XC90 is the recommended option. What makes the Volvo so compelling is its relatively low roofline and highly adjustable seats. As a result, the XC90 feels much smaller than its footprint suggests. However, the Volvo struggles slightly in the predicted reliability and owner satisfaction categories. Regardless, the luxury SUV managed to impress testers during the road test.

These large SUVs are also great options

A 2020 Ford Expedition parked in front of a haystack
A Ford Expedition on display | Photo via Ford

Last up; we’ve got the most daunting SUV category for short rivers, the large SUV. In this category, Consumer Reports picked the enormous 2021 Ford Expedition. The Ford’s adjustable seats allow even short drivers to feel comfortable behind the wheel of such a large vehicle. In terms of large SUVs, the Expedition is the top option recommended by Consumer Reports. This is because the model impressed during the road test as well as in the predicted reliability category.

Last up, we’ve got what is by far the most luxurious SUV on this list with the BMW X7. Like the Ford, the BMW is the highest-rated model in its segment, says Consumer Reports. While it excelled in the predicted owner satisfaction category, the BMW X7 has a questionable predicted reliability rating. Despite this, the X7 excelled in the road test, easily impressing as one of the most comfortable SUVs around.